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Rockies Vs. Reds: John Maine Falters In Fight For Rotation Spot

Saturday didn't go as John Maine had probably planned in the Colorado Rockies' 10-3 loss to the Cincinnati Reds. Maine took the loss after allowing five runs in three innings. Maine committed a throwing error on an Edgar Renteria plate appearance and threw the ball away on the play. Renteria eventually made his way around the bases and scored on a sac fly. In the second Jonathan Herrera committed a fielding error, which eventually led to a two-out, three-run home run by Edgar Renteria. And then in the third inning, Maine served up another gopher ball, this time to Jeremy Hermida. In all, Maine got tagged with only one earned run because of the errors. Esmil Rogers still remains the odds-on favorite to be the team's fifth starter.

Closer Huston Street and Eric Stults provided good performances on either of the relief game, the former throwing a scoreless inning and the latter striking out three in two innings of work.  However, Franklin Morales and Matt Lindstrom couldn't hold things together in the middle innings. Morales, who had been looking good this spring, allowed two runs on a bunch of doubles and singles in the fifth inning. In the sixth Matt Lindstrom was put on the hook for three runs, though just one earned. Center fielder Ryan Spilborghs failed to field the ball properly, which eventually allowed a two-run double by Brandon Phillips. Lindstrom would later follow with a wild pitch, allowing Phillips to score.

The Rockies scored two of their three runs in the first inning on a Ty Wigginton single and an Ian Stewart single. In the ninth inning, Jeff Salazar scored on an Eric Young force out attempt followed by a throwing error.

The Rockies host the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Sunday afternoon at 4:10 p.m. MT.