CINCINNATI (AP) — Charlie Blackmon’s pinch-hit two-run single highlighted a four-run seventh for Colorado, and C.J. Cron hit a two-run homer in the ninth to give the Rockies an 8-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds in the first game of a doubleheader Sunday.
Rookie left-hander Nick Lodolo tied a career-high with nine strikeouts, TJ Friedl homered twice and Jonathan India hit a two-run homer for Cincinnati.
Rockies starter German Marquez (8-10) allowed just one hit through the first five innings — Friedl’s solo homer to lead off the fourth. Friedl went deep off Marquez again in the sixth for his first career multi-home run game, making the score 2-0.
“German was efficient. He just made two mistakes,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “He set a great tone.”
It was Friedl’s fifth homer since being recalled on Aug. 16. He’s the first Reds batter this season to homer twice off the same pitcher.
Lodolo allowed only three baserunners through his six innings and left with a two-run lead.
“I think the biggest thing is I want to finish strong for next year,” Lodolo said. “It was good to get the innings up there today.”
But the Reds’ bullpen, one of the worst in baseball, couldn’t hold the lead.
Marquez got through seven innings with just 87 pitches. This despite warming up on a couple of occasions during Saturday night’s rain delay.
“I was a little tired,” Marquez said. “It affected me. But today, I looked good and was hitting my spots. I trust my offense. It was good late in the game.”
The Reds got back within one on India’s two-run homer off Carlos Esteves in the eighth. But Cron slammed the door with his 25th home run, a two-run shot off Art Warren.
Joe Kuhnel (2-3) took the loss.
The Rockies and Reds were set to play a twin bill after Saturday night’s game was postponed due to rain.
Rockies shortstop Jose Iglesias hurt his hand during his at-bat in the fourth inning and left the game. Alan Trejo took over at shortstop.
“He’s been dealing with a hand thing,” Black said. “Rolled his hand on the one swing. He’s sore.”
Black said Iglesias would not be available for the second game of the doubleheader.
In the second game of Sunday’s doubleheader, RHP Chase Anderson (0-2, 27.00 ERA) was scheduled to make his third appearance and second start for the Reds since being signed to a minor-league deal on Aug. 27. RHP José Ureña (3-5, 5.80) was scheduled to make his 16th appearance and 12th start for the Rockies.
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