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Cincinnati Reds 2, Colorado Rockies 1: Chris Rusin's great start wasted

Chris Rusin gave the Colorado Rockies a great start but it was squandered by a complete lack of offense in Cincinnati on Tuesday.

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The Colorado Rockies got an excellent last-minute spot start from Chris Rusin who started in place of a late-scratched Jorge De La Rosa.

Rusin was extremely economical and the only run he gave up on the day would have been an out at home had a throw from Carlos Gonzalez been just a little bit online -- though it was plenty strong and Nick Hundley's diving tag narrowly missed Marlon Byrd and thereby a clean slate for Rusin.

Final line on Chris Rusin: 7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, 90 pitches (61 strikes)

Hundley got the Rockies on the board in the top of the fifth with a solo home run, his fifth of the season.

The Rockies got two runners into scoring position after a bloop single from DJ LeMahieu and a walk from Carlos Gonzalez followed by a wild pitch. Unfortunately, Aroldis Chapman was sitting on 102 mph and he struck out Troy Tulowitzki and Nolan Arenado -- and then Zeus just to prove he could -- to end the inning in phenomenal fashion.

The little things came back to bite the Rockies in the bottom of the ninth. After a long at-bat, Marlon Byrd drew the lead-off walk against Brooks Brows. He was bunted over to second and came around to score on a Skip Shumaker game-winning double that snuck just inside the third base line.

Tough loss for the boys in purple but you will take an outing like that from your starter every time, and if they get it this team will win their fair share of games. This just wasn't one of them.

Source: FanGraphs