It was an old-fashioned slugfest at the Great American Ballpark on Monday night. Fortunately for the Colorado Rockies, they emerged victorious in the 10-7 contest with the Cincinnati Reds. There were a total of seven home runs hit in the game, including two by Seth Smith.
The Reds jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning on a Jay Bruce home run to right center field. However, Seth Smith countered with two two-run home runs (11), one in the second inning and the other in the third. Todd Helton's RBI single in the third helped the Rockies to a 5-3 lead after the top of the third inning. At that point, a passing rain system delayed the game for 94 minutes.
Jason Hammel came back out for the bottom of the third inning only to see Jay Bruce strike again on an RBI single and Drew Stubbs to club a two-run home run to left field. Hammel left after the fourth inning, having allowed six runs.
Todd Helton put the Rockies back in the lead with a two-run home run (13) in the fifth inning. But the seesaw game didn't end then. Brandon Phillips hit a pinch-hit home run off of Rex Brothers to start off the seventh inning to tie the game at seven. The Rockies took control of the game in the eighth inning with Carlos Gonzalez's two-run home run (16). Mark Ellis doubled in a run in the ninth of the Rockies' 10th run.
Matt Belisle, Rafael Betancourt (3 K) and Huston Street (2 K, 29th save) kept the Reds silent for the last 1-1/3 innings.
The Rockies (54-62, 26-31 away) continue this series on Tuesday at 5:10 p.m. MT with Dontrelle Willis and Esmil Rogers on the mound.