Senzel’s go-ahead HR in 7th helps Reds top Rockies, 3-1
Published 11:44 pm Tuesday, May 16, 2023
DENVER (AP) — Nick Senzel hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the seventh inning, helping the Cincinnati Reds to a 3-1 win over the Colorado Rockies 3-1 on Tuesday night.
Colorado’s Ezequiel Tovar ended an 0-for-8 skid before breaking up a scoreless game in the bottom of the sixth inning with his third home run of the season. He connected on a 2-1 offering from the Reds’ Brandon Williamson, who was making his major league debut and had retired 14 in a row.
Williamson, a 25-year-old left-hander, struck out six in 5 2/3 innings and had allowed only a single to Charlie Blackmon in the first inning before Tovar hit a 415-foot shot to right-center.
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The Rockies got a solid outing starter Chase Anderson, who pitched five innings of one-hit ball in his Colorado debut after being claimed off waivers Friday from Tampa Bay. The 35-year-old right-hander began the season with the Reds’ organization before being traded earlier this month to Tampa.
The Reds broke through against the Rockies’ bullpen for two runs in the seventh inning. Tyler Stephenson drew a two-out walk from Peter Lambert (0-1) before Senzel drove the first pitch he saw 429 feet over the center field wall for his fourth homer.
The Reds added a run in the top of the eighth on Matt McLain’s RBI single. Derek Law (3-4) earned the win and Alexis Díaz got three outs for his 10th save. TRAINER’S ROOM
Reds: RHP Fernando Cruz (strained right shoulder) is headed to Triple-A Louisville to begun a rehab stint. He’s expected to throw a couple of live batting practice sessions and make two or three appearances in games. If all goes well, Reds manager David Bell said Cruz could be back with the team toward the end of the month, when Cincinnati visits the Chicago Cubs.
Rockies: RHP Noah Davis (right elbow inflammation) threw on the side on flat ground prior to Tuesday’s game. “He looks good. He feels good. It’s progress,” manager Bud Black said. Davis was placed on the 15-day injured list on April 30.
Reds: RHP Graham Ashcraft (2-1, 3.95 ERA) is set to make his first career start against Coloraado in Wednesday’s series finale. The Rockies will lean on LHP Austin Gomber (3-4, 6.30 ERA), who looks to build on a series of strong outings in which he has gone 3-0 with a 2.28 ERA over his last four starts.
|India 2b||4||0||0||0||Blackmon dh||4||0||1||0|
|McLain ss||4||0||1||1||Profar lf||3||0||0||0|
|Fraley lf||3||0||2||0||E.Díaz c||3||0||1||0|
|Steer 1b||4||0||0||0||Grichuk rf||4||0||0||0|
|Stephenson dh||3||1||1||0||Moustakas 3b||4||0||0||0|
|Senzel 3b||4||1||1||2||Toglia 1b||3||0||0||0|
|Myers rf||3||0||1||0||Doyle cf||3||0||0||0|
|Fairchild cf||3||0||0||0||Trejo 2b||2||0||0||0|
|Casali c||2||0||0||0||Castro ph-2b||1||0||1||0|
|Newman pr||0||1||0||0||Tovar ss||3||1||1||1|
DP–Cincinnati 1, Colorado 1. LOB–Cincinnati 6, Colorado 4. 2B–E.Díaz (7). HR–Senzel (4), Tovar (3). SB–Fraley (5). S–Fairchild (2).
Umpires–Home, Nick Mahrley; First, Vic Carapazza; Second, Jerry Layne; Third, Adam Hamari.
T–2:05. A–20,611 (50,144).