May 26, 2018 / 3:57 AM / 3 months ago

Cuevas' pinch-hit triple leads Rockies past Reds

EditorsNote: Notes Davis’ 18th save is tied-1st in majors, not 1st alone

Nolan Arenado homered, Noel Cuevas had a go-ahead pinch-hit triple and the Colorado Rockies overcame an early deficit to beat the visiting Cincinnati Reds 5-4 on Friday night.

Jon Gray (5-6) survived a shaky start to get his first win in three outings and Wade Davis pitched the ninth for his 18th save, tied with Seattle’s Edwin Diaz for tops in the majors.

Eugenio Suarez homered among his two hits for the Reds, who had won two of their last three.

The Rockies rallied from three runs down early to take the lead in the sixth. Tony Wolters led off with a walk and Cuevas hit a one-out triple into the right field corner to give Colorado the lead.

Wandy Peralta relieved starter Sal Romano (2-6) and got Charlie Blackmon to pop out and David Dahl to fly out to keep it a one-run game.

Romano allowed five runs on eight hits and struck out five in 5 1/3 innings.

Gray got the win after an efficient top of the sixth inning. He needed 91 pitches to get through the first five innings but retired the side in order in the sixth on only nine pitches. He finished with eight strikeouts and walked three.

Cincinnati couldn’t mount any rallies against the Colorado bullpen. Tucker Barnhart had a leadoff single in the seventh off Mike Dunn but was wiped out on a double play the next batter. Suarez was stranded at second after a leadoff single in the eighth off righty Adam Ottavino.

The Reds jumped ahead on Gray with two runs in the first. Scooter Gennett had an RBI single, and Scott Schebler’s ground out drove in another.

Arenado cut the lead in half with a solo homer in the bottom of the first, his ninth.

Suarez made it 4-1 in the third with his ninth homer, a two-run shot to right-center field, but Colorado rallied in the bottom of the frame to tie it. Gerardo Parra had a two-run single and Wolters drew a bases-loaded walk off Romano to make it 4-4.

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