Eugenio Suarez belted a two-run homer, and Josh VanMeter went deep in his third straight start as the host Cincinnati Reds recorded a 3-1 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Saturday.
Rookie Nick Senzel had a pair of hits in his return from an illness for the Reds, who avenged a 12-2 setback in the series opener on Friday to improve to 2-3 against Colorado this season.
Anthony DeSclafani (6-5) picked up the win after allowing one run on four hits in five-plus innings. He struck out five after fanning a career-high 11 batters in Sunday’s 3-1 setback to St. Louis.
Two relievers combined to permit one hit over three scoreless innings to bridge the gap to Raisel Iglesias, who struck out his last two batters to retire the side in the ninth for his 18th save.
VanMeter opened the scoring in the second inning, depositing a 2-1 fastball from Chi Chi Gonzalez (0-3) over the wall in right field. The homer was VanMeter’s fourth of the season.
Cincinnati extended its lead to 3-0 in the third inning after Joey Votto walked and Suarez sent a 1-1 slider from Gonzalez into the second deck in left field. The homer was Suarez’s team-leading 28th of the season and 11th in July.
Nolan Arenado plated Trevor Story with a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning for the reeling Rockies, who mustered just five hits en route to losing for the 10th time in their last 13 games.
A base-running blunder prevented the Rockies from potentially drawing closer in the seventh inning. Raimel Tapia, who reached following a one-out double, was doubled up at second base after Charlie Blackmon’s soft liner was caught by left fielder Jesse Winker.
Gonzalez, who was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque prior to the game, yielded three runs on five hits in 5 2/3 innings to take the loss.
—Field Level Media