Rookie steers Reds to 3-2 win over Rockies


Cincinnati Reds' Spencer Steer scores a run on a walkoff hit by Jonathan India during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies in Cincinnati, Friday, Sept. 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)

Cincinnati Reds' Spencer Steer scores a run on a walkoff hit by Jonathan India during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies in Cincinnati, Friday, Sept. 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)


Cincinnati Reds' Spencer Steer watches his solo home run, his first homer in the majors, against the Colorado Rockies during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Cincinnati, Friday, Sept. 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)


Colorado Rockies' Kyle Freeland throws during the second inning of the team's baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Cincinnati, Friday, Sept. 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)


CINCINNATI (AP) — Jonathan India drove in Spencer Steer from third base with a game-ending chopper against Colorado’s five-man infield, sending the Cincinnati Reds past the Rockies 3-2 on Friday night.

Steer, who hit his first career home run in the fifth in his major league debut, led off the ninth with a double against Alex Colomé (2-7) and went to third on a one-out wild pitch. Jake Fraley was intentionally walked and took second on fielder’s indifference.

The Rockies moved into the stacked infield with three fielders on the left side. India hit a bouncer up the middle that shifted center fielder Garrett Hampson caught on the grass in front of second base, but he had no play on Steer. India was credited with a single.

Fraley tied it at 2 when he greeted Dinelson Lamet with a leadoff homer in the seventh. It was Fraley’s first career pinch-hit homer.

Each team had a player connect for his first career home run.

Sean Bouchard’s two-run drive in the third landed four rows deep in the left field lower deck and gave Colorado a 2-0 lead. Steer’s leadoff shot in the fifth, also his first career hit, landed on the green turf in front of the center field batter’s eye.

Alexis Díaz (5-2) gave up a hit in a scoreless ninth to get the win.

Colorado left-hander Kyle Freeland pitched around eight hits to last 5 2/3 innings. He gave up one run with a walk and three strikeouts while remaining winless in five starts since Aug. 4 at San Diego.

Sidearm right-hander Justin Lawrence walked the first batter he faced to load the bases before striking out Jose Barrero to end the sixth.

Luis Cessa lasted a season-high five innings in his fourth start of the season after being moved from the bullpen to shore up Cincinnati’s injury-ravaged rotation. Cessa allowed four hits and two runs with two walks and four strikeouts.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rockies: OF Yonathan Daza (shoulder) started in center field and went 3 for 4 for Triple-A Albuquerque at Sugar Land in the first game of his rehab assignment on Thursday. He was scheduled to play seven innings on Friday.

Reds: RHP Hunter Greene (shoulder) threw 27 pitches in the game and another eight in the bullpen afterward in the first game of his rehab assignment with Triple-A Louisville on Thursday against Indianapolis. Greene will make at least one more start, Reds manager David Bell said.

UP NEXT

Rockies RHP Germán Márquez (7-10, 4.97) was roughed up for nine runs, eight earned, and a career-high tying 12 hits in his last start in Cincinnati on June 12, 2021. Reds LHP Nick Lodolo (3-5, 4.30) hasn’t won in six starts since July 25.

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Cincinnati Reds’ Spencer Steer scores a run on a walkoff hit by Jonathan India during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies in Cincinnati, Friday, Sept. 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2022/09/web1_129622142-ec7540ea61be4f8d94529ae7a582aa67.jpgCincinnati Reds’ Spencer Steer scores a run on a walkoff hit by Jonathan India during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies in Cincinnati, Friday, Sept. 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)

Cincinnati Reds’ Spencer Steer watches his solo home run, his first homer in the majors, against the Colorado Rockies during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Cincinnati, Friday, Sept. 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2022/09/web1_129622142-a36572566259446685eacf88ae0de97b.jpgCincinnati Reds’ Spencer Steer watches his solo home run, his first homer in the majors, against the Colorado Rockies during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Cincinnati, Friday, Sept. 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)

Colorado Rockies’ Kyle Freeland throws during the second inning of the team’s baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Cincinnati, Friday, Sept. 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2022/09/web1_129622142-93a9d698e6c341c69c1a6a5a150e9596.jpgColorado Rockies’ Kyle Freeland throws during the second inning of the team’s baseball game against the Cincinnati Reds in Cincinnati, Friday, Sept. 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)