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Rockies hand Reds 5th straight loss, 6-2

CINCINNATI — Ubaldo Jimenez turned in his longest outing in more than a month and Sean Smith homered to help the Colorado Rockies send the Cincinnati Reds to their fifth consecutive loss with a 6-2 win on Saturday night.

Ian Stewart added a two-run single as Colorado won its third consecutive game following a three-game losing streak.

After allowing a run in each of his first two innings, Jimenez (8-9) settled down and strung together six shutout innings before turning the game over to the Rockies bullpen. The right-hander finished with five hits and two runs with eight strikeouts.

The stint was Jimenez’s longest since he threw his only complete game of the season in a 6-4 win over Seattle on June 12. He hadn’t gone more than seven innings in any of his next eight starts.

Left-hander Joe Beimel, acquired from Washington just before Friday’s non-waiver trade deadline, pitched the ninth for Colorado.

Reds third baseman Scott Rolen went 0-for-4 in his first game with Cincinnati after being acquired Friday in a trade with Toronto.

Cincinnati took a 1-0 lead on Joey Votto’s RBI groundout. Jonny Gomes made it 2-0 with a solo home run to left field, his 11th of the season.

Colorado wiped that out with a three-run fourth. Stewart drove in two runs with a bases-loaded single, snapping an 0-for-12 slump, and Carlos Gonzalez gave the Rockies a 3-2 lead with a sacrifice fly.

Smith hit a solo home run to right with one out in the fifth, his ninth homer of the season and first since July 16 at San Diego. Colorado added a run in the sixth when Brad Hawpe led off with a single and scored all the way from first on Troy Tulowitzki’s line drive on a hit-and run that sailed through the spot just vacated by the second baseman Brandon Phillips.

That was the last hit allowed by Cincinnati starter Homer Bailey (2-3), who gave up five runs in 5 1-3 innings.

Colorado added a run on Clint Barmes’ sacrifice fly off of Carlos Fisher in the ninth.

Notes: Colorado improved to 10-0 when Gonzalez starts in center field. … Hawpe’s single snapped a 0-for-15 slump. The All-Star right fielder had been hitless in his previous four games. … Before Saturday’s game, the Rockies placed right-hander Juan Rincon on the 15-day disabled list because of stiffness in his pitching elbow, making room on the roster for LHP Joe Beimel, who was acquired Friday from Washington. … The Reds had given up at least one first inning run in each of their last four games and 92 this season, the most in the majors, 20 more than the next team, San Diego.

Saturday’s Game

Rockies 5, Reds 3

Colorado Cincinnati

ab r h bi ab r h bi

S.Smith lf 5 1 1 1 Sutton lf 4 1 1 0

Beimel p 0 0 0 0 AlGnzlz ss 3 0 0 0

Barmes 2b 3 0 0 1 Votto 1b 4 0 1 1

Helton 1b 5 1 1 0 BPhllps 2b 4 0 1 0

Hawpe rf 3 2 2 0 Rolen 3b 4 0 0 0

Tlwtzk ss 3 1 2 1 Gomes rf 3 1 1 1

Stewart 3b 4 0 1 2 Fisher p 0 0 0 0

CGnzlz cf-lf 2 0 1 1 L.Nix cf 3 0 0 0

Torreal c 3 0 0 0 Hanign c 3 0 1 0

Jimenz p 2 0 0 0 HBaily p 2 0 0 0

Fowler ph-cf 0 1 0 0 Herrer p 0 0 0 0

Balentn rf 1 0 0 0

Totals 30 6 8 6 Totals 31 2 5 2

Colorado 000 311 001 — 6

Cincinnati 110 000 000 — 2

DP—Cincinnati 1. LOB—Colorado 6, Cincinnati 3. 2B—Helton (30), Tulowitzki (17), Sutton (2). HR—S.Smith (9), Gomes (11). S—Jimenez, Ale.Gonzalez. SF—Barmes, C.Gonzalez.

IP H R ER BB SO

Colorado

Jimenez W,8-9 8 5 2 2 0 8

Beimel 1 0 0 0 0 1

Cincinnati

H.Bailey L,2-3 5 1-3 7 5 5 2 4

Herrera 1 2-3 1 0 0 1 2

Fisher 2 0 1 1 2 2

Herrera pitched to 1 batter in the 8th. HBP—by Herrera (Barmes). WP—Fisher 2. Umpires—Home, Paul Schrieber; First, Paul Nauert; Second, Joe West; Third, Ed Rapuano. T—2:55. A—23,452 (42,319).