Reds win again in extras, beat Rockies 6-5 in 12 innings
Published 11:28 pm Sunday, May 16, 2021
DENVER (AP) — Nick Castellanos hit a tiebreaking double in the 12th and the Cincinnati Reds kept up their success in extra innings, beating the Colorado Rockies 6-5 on Saturday night.
Castellanos also homered and singled to help Cincinnati improve to 7-2 in extra-inning games this season. Lucas Sims (3-1) pitched two innings for the win.
Jesse Winkler was at second base to start the 12th and Castellanos hit a pitch from Antonio Santos (0-1) to the wall to make it 5-4. Pinch-hitter Nick Senzel singled and Eugenio Suarez had an RBI groundout.
Colorado got a run on Raimel Tapia’s groundout in the bottom of the inning off Heath Hembree, who earned his first save.
The Reds have played the most extra-inning games in the majors.
“Extra innings, everybody’s up, everybody’s believing in the guy that they’re going to get it done,” Castellanos said of the team’s success.
Kyle Farmer hit a two-run homer in the Reds 11th and Josh Fuentes tied it with a double to drive in a pair in the bottom half.
“It felt really good. It was great,” Farmer said of his third home run of the season. “I’ve come close a couple of times. I didn’t think I had any more power left in me.”
The teams combined for 36 runs in the first two games, and early it looked like another big scoring night.
Ryan McMahon hit his ninth homer, a 478-foot shot according to Statcast, to put the Rockies ahead 2-0 in the first. Castellanos responded with a two-run shot in the third off Jhoulys Chacín, his 10th.
The pitching took over from there. Cincinnati starter Tyler Mahle settled down after the first inning to blank Colorado on five hits over the next six innings and worked out of a jam in the seventh. Garrett Hampson led off with a triple but Mahle stranded him at third.
“We’ve been getting the big hit lately. Tonight it didn’t come our way,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “We had multiple opportunities to get a base hit, to do some situational hitting, just didn’t happen tonight.”
Mahle allowed two runs and seven hits and struck out four in his seven innings.
Reds: INF Mike Moustakas (heel contusion) did not play. … OF Scott Heineman was added to the taxi squad for the last two games of the series.
Rockies: OF Charlie Blackmon wasn’t in the starting lineup due to a mild right groin strain suffered Friday night. He pinch-hit in the seventh and struck out. … INF Brendan Rodgers (right hamstring) went 2 for 3 for Triple-A Albuquerque on Friday night in a rehab assignment.
SHOGO SAVES THE DAY
Hampson sent a drive to deep center with two outs in the bottom of ninth that looked destined for extra bases until Shogo Akiyama made a leaping catch to end the inning.
He got a bear hug from Jesse Winkler at the warning track and a tip of the cap from reliever Tejay Antone.
“I didn’t think he had a chance off the bat and he kept tracking it,” manager David Bell said. “He has that ability to close on the ball but then also it’s like he almost hangs a little bit in the air. It’s a beautiful play to watch. He was just gliding. There’s nothing like a great defensive play like that.”
LONG TIME, NO START
Chacín, normally in the role of long reliever, made a spot start for Colorado and allowed two runs on four hits in four innings. It was his first start for the Rockies since June 28, 2014, and in between he pitched for six teams over six seasons.
Chacín threw 53 pitches and got nine of his 12 outs on ground balls, including one double play. The other three were retired with strikeouts.
Reds RHP Jeff Hoffman (2-3, 4.70) will face his former team for the first time since the Rockies traded him to Cincinnati on Nov. 25, 2020. Antonio Senzatela (1-4, 5.97) takes the mound for Colorado.