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Rockies 11, Reds 2: Offense gets back on track in Cincinnati

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After scoring just three runs in the previous two games, the Rockies offense erupted, hitting five home runs in an 11-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds.

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If only this team could hit away from Coors Field...

Actually, I'll let Grantland's Rany Jazayerli sum up the Rockies offense, because he did it better than I could in just 140 characters.

Charlie Blackmon and Corey Dickerson got the offense back on track right from the start, hitting back-to-back home runs to lead off the game, giving the Rockies a 2-0 lead.

However, Joey Votto got the Reds back within run with a solo home run of his own in the bottom of the second against Rockies starter Jordan Lyles, cutting the Rockies lead to 2-1.

The Rockies got their third run in the third when Carlos Gonzalez grounded into a double play with nobody out and a man on third. Nolan Arenado followed  with a double and scored on a two-run home run from Justin Morneau, giving the Rockies a 5-1 lead through three innings.

Cincinnati pulled starter Alfredo Simon after three innings, having allowed five runs on eight hits without a walk or a strikeout.

The offensive barrage continued in the fourth against the Reds bullpen. DJ LeMahieu singled to lead off the inning and then stole second, which was followed by back-to-back doubles from Blackmon and Dickerson, extending the lead to 7-1.

Colorado scored three more times in the fifth thanks to Dickerson's second home run of the game, a two-run blast and a solo home run from Troy Tulowitzki.

All of the offense made things rarther easy for Lyles, who allowed a pair of runs on four hits in six innings with four walks and eight strikeouts. Lyles earned his fifth win of the season and his ERA remained fairly steady at 2.66 through eight starts and 50 2/3 innings in 2014.

Looking for the series win tomorrow, the Rockies will give the ball to Juan Nicasio against the Reds' Homer Bailey, first pitch is at 11:10 a.m. Mountain time.

Source: FanGraphs

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