Suárez, surging Reds sweep road-weary Rockies


Cincinnati Reds' Nick Castellanos runs the bases after hitting a double during the third inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies in Cincinnati, Sunday, June 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)

Cincinnati Reds' Nick Castellanos runs the bases after hitting a double during the third inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies in Cincinnati, Sunday, June 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)


Cincinnati Reds' Tony Santillan throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies in Cincinnati, Sunday, June 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)


Cincinnati Reds' Joey Votto hits an RBI-single during the second inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies in Cincinnati, Sunday, June 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)


Reds at Brewers

Cincinnati Reds (32-31, third in the NL Central) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (38-27, second in the NL Central)

Milwaukee; Today, 8:10 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Reds: Vladimir Gutierrez (2-1, 2.65 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 13 strikeouts) Brewers: Eric Lauer (1-2, 4.82 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, 33 strikeouts)

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Brewers -147, Reds +127; over/under is 9 runs

BOTTOM LINE: Milwaukee and Cincinnati are both red-hot as they head in to today’s series opener.

The Brewers are 17-10 against teams from the NL Central. The Milwaukee offense has compiled a .212 batting average as a team this season, last in the National League. Kolten Wong leads the team with a mark of .280.

The Reds are 16-12 against the rest of their division. Cincinnati’s team on-base percentage of .328 is fourth in the league. Jesse Winker leads the lineup with an OBP of .418.

The Brewers won the last meeting 7-2. Brent Suter earned his seventh victory and Daniel Vogelbach went 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and two RBIs for Milwaukee. Luis Castillo registered his ninth loss for Cincinnati.

TOP PERFORMERS: Willy Adames leads the Brewers with 20 extra base hits and is batting .227.

Nick Castellanos leads the Reds with 37 extra base hits and is batting .361.

LAST 10 GAMES: Brewers: 9-1, .224 batting average, 2.53 ERA, outscored opponents by 25 runs

Reds: 8-2, .268 batting average, 3.90 ERA, outscored opponents by 20 runs

INJURIES: Brewers: Justin Topa: (elbow), Angel Perdomo: (back), Dylan File: (elbow), Tyrone Taylor: (shoulder), Derek Fisher: (left hamstring), Lorenzo Cain: (hamstring), Kolten Wong: (oblique), Travis Shaw: (shoulder), Mark Mathias: (shoulder).

Reds: Michael Lorenzen: (shoulder), Jeff Hoffman: (shoulder), Sonny Gray: (groin), Michael Feliz: (elbow), Brandon Bailey: (elbow), Tejay Antone: (forearm), Nick Senzel: (knee), Max Schrock: (calf), Mike Moustakas: (heel), Alex Blandino: (hand).

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CINCINNATI (AP) — Eugenio Suárez hit an early two-run homer and the surging Cincinnati Reds climbed back over .500 for the first time since April 21, beating the Colorado Rockies 6-2 Sunday.

The Reds have won 10 of their last 13, including three straight over the Rockies. It was the Reds’ first sweep of Colorado in Cincinnati since 2006.

“It was a great series,” Reds manager David Bell said. “A lot of great things happened — offense, bullpen and starting pitching.”

Tony Santillan, recalled from Triple-A Louisville on Saturday to make his major league debut while filling in for injured Sonny Gray, fell one out short of qualifying for the win. The 24-year-old right-hander allowed one run on five hits and four walks in 4 2-3 innings, striking out five.

Santillan needed 97 pitches to get 14 outs, leaving with the bases loaded and rain falling. He also hit two batters.

“It wasn’t a pretty line, but I battled out of tough situations,” Santillan said. “I can be happy and build off that.”

Ryan Hendrix, the first of five Reds relievers, came in and struck out Dom Nuñez swinging on a ball in the dirt blocked by Gold Glove catcher Tucker Barnhart.

“It’s nice having Tucker back there,” said Hendrix (3-1), who got credit for the win. “He blocks everything.”

Barnhart helped Santillan escape a second-inning jam, hustling around the plate umpire to make a sliding catch of pitcher Antonio Senzatela’s popped-up bunt near Colorado’s on-deck circle with runners on first and third and one out.

The Rockies stranded 10 runners in the first five innings, twice leaving the bases loaded, on the way to their fourth straight loss and seventh in their last nine. They left 12 runners on in the game and were swept on the road for the fifth time this season.

Colorado fell to 5-27 on the road, on pace to break the worst road record in major league history, the 13-65 mark by the 1935 Boston Braves. The Rockies are hitting a big league-worst .201 on the road and a major league-high .277 at home.

Suárez followed Joey Votto’s RBI single in the second with his 14th homer of the season, a drive that left fielder Raimel Tapia watched sail into the stands after just two steps.

Senzatela (2-7) lasted two batters into the seventh inning, leaving after Shogo Akiyama’s pinch-hit double off the right field wall put runners at second and third. Jesse Winker had a two-run double in the inning.

The Rockies needed just four pitches from Santillan to take a 1-0 lead. Tapia singled on the second pitch, Yonathan Daza hit the next pitch to right for a ground-rule double and Charlie Blackmon delivered a sacrifice fly on his first pitch.

Santillan regrouped to strike out Trevor Story looking and coax Ryan McMahon into an inning-ending flyout.

“We had multiple opportunities to get a big hit,” Colorado manager Bud Black said. “What’d we leave, 12 or 13 guys on base? (Senzatela) did his job. I thought, for the most part, his stuff was good. He threw the ball fine. We had a couple of opportunities. We just couldn’t break through.”

McMahon added his 15th homer in the seventh.

BALANCED ATTACK

Every Reds starter except Barnhart finished with one hit.

RARE SWEEP

The last time time the Reds swept Colorado at all was July 27-29, 2012, at Coors Field.

FORGETTABLE

Story struck out four times, the first two times with runners in scoring position in the first and third innings.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rockies: Santillan hit both Daza and Story with pitches — Daza in the right biceps in the third and Story in the back of the upper left arm in the fifth. Both stayed in the game.

Reds: OF Aristides Aquino was activated from the 60-day IL after recovering from surgery to remove his left hamate bone. OF Nick Senzel (left knee inflammation, surgery) was transferred from the 10-day to the 60-day IL.

UP NEXT

Rockies: Colorado hosts San Diego. LHP Austin Gomber (5-5) is 3-1 with a 1.57 ERA, three walks and 37 strikeouts over his last six starts since May 13.

Reds: Cincinnati visits the Brewers on Monday. RHP Vladimir Gutierrez (2-1) limited Milwaukee to six hits and two runs in last start on Wednesday.

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Cincinnati Reds’ Nick Castellanos runs the bases after hitting a double during the third inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies in Cincinnati, Sunday, June 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/06/web1_126811040-83963216e76f42788e28f7e2d061f0fd.jpgCincinnati Reds’ Nick Castellanos runs the bases after hitting a double during the third inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies in Cincinnati, Sunday, June 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)

Cincinnati Reds’ Tony Santillan throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies in Cincinnati, Sunday, June 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/06/web1_126811040-4f6e170ce11d41ed9c026421b1fb9d39.jpgCincinnati Reds’ Tony Santillan throws during the first inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies in Cincinnati, Sunday, June 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)

Cincinnati Reds’ Joey Votto hits an RBI-single during the second inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies in Cincinnati, Sunday, June 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2021/06/web1_126811040-36ffa7dbd99c4f558594387453f84732.jpgCincinnati Reds’ Joey Votto hits an RBI-single during the second inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies in Cincinnati, Sunday, June 13, 2021. (AP Photo/Aaron Doster)

Reds at Brewers

Cincinnati Reds (32-31, third in the NL Central) vs. Milwaukee Brewers (38-27, second in the NL Central)

Milwaukee; Today, 8:10 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Reds: Vladimir Gutierrez (2-1, 2.65 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 13 strikeouts) Brewers: Eric Lauer (1-2, 4.82 ERA, 1.39 WHIP, 33 strikeouts)

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Brewers -147, Reds +127; over/under is 9 runs

BOTTOM LINE: Milwaukee and Cincinnati are both red-hot as they head in to today’s series opener.

The Brewers are 17-10 against teams from the NL Central. The Milwaukee offense has compiled a .212 batting average as a team this season, last in the National League. Kolten Wong leads the team with a mark of .280.

The Reds are 16-12 against the rest of their division. Cincinnati’s team on-base percentage of .328 is fourth in the league. Jesse Winker leads the lineup with an OBP of .418.

The Brewers won the last meeting 7-2. Brent Suter earned his seventh victory and Daniel Vogelbach went 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and two RBIs for Milwaukee. Luis Castillo registered his ninth loss for Cincinnati.

TOP PERFORMERS: Willy Adames leads the Brewers with 20 extra base hits and is batting .227.

Nick Castellanos leads the Reds with 37 extra base hits and is batting .361.

LAST 10 GAMES: Brewers: 9-1, .224 batting average, 2.53 ERA, outscored opponents by 25 runs

Reds: 8-2, .268 batting average, 3.90 ERA, outscored opponents by 20 runs

INJURIES: Brewers: Justin Topa: (elbow), Angel Perdomo: (back), Dylan File: (elbow), Tyrone Taylor: (shoulder), Derek Fisher: (left hamstring), Lorenzo Cain: (hamstring), Kolten Wong: (oblique), Travis Shaw: (shoulder), Mark Mathias: (shoulder).

Reds: Michael Lorenzen: (shoulder), Jeff Hoffman: (shoulder), Sonny Gray: (groin), Michael Feliz: (elbow), Brandon Bailey: (elbow), Tejay Antone: (forearm), Nick Senzel: (knee), Max Schrock: (calf), Mike Moustakas: (heel), Alex Blandino: (hand).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.