Cincinnati (11-16) at Colorado (15-12)

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  • Game info: 3:05 pm EDT Thu May 1, 2003
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The Cincinnati Reds have not been doing much offensively this season. A trip to Coors Field helped cure that on Wednesday.

They’ll look for another outburst in the finale of their three-game set against the Colorado Rockies.

The Reds, who are 15th in the National League with a .240 batting average, had a season-high 19 hits on Wednesday, powering them to a 13-11 win. Jose Guillen homered and drove in four runs as Cincinnati bounced back from blowing a five-run lead and won for the third time in four games.

“I’ve been in this thing 35 years and I keep seeing stuff,” Reds manager Bob Boone said. “Every day I come here, something different happens. I’m sure I’ve seen that before, I just can’t remember.”

The Reds, whose previous season high was 12 hits, easily eclipsed that mark as five different players finished with at least two hits.

Cincinnati had eight hits in the first two innings after managing just seven in a 10-5 loss to the Rockies the night before.

The teams went through 11 pitchers, combining for 27 hits and 12 walks in the highest-scoring game at Coors this season.

“I can honestly say that I’ve never been involved in a game and looked at a scoreboard that played out that way,” said Colorado manager Clint Hurdle, who has been with the team for seven years. “This was a Coors Field game that was a different dimension for me.”

The Rockies had a three-game winning streak snapped.

STANDINGS: Reds - 5th place, 4 GB, NL Central. Rockies - 2nd place, 4 1/2 GB, NL West.

REDS PROBABLE STARTER: Jeff Austin (0-1, 6.00 ERA). The 26-year-old right-hander made his first major league start on Saturday. In a 7-3 loss to the San Diego Padres, he allowed four runs and three hits while striking out six and walking four. He has never faced the Rockies.

ROCKIES PROBABLE STARTER: Nelson Cruz (3-1, 4.61 ERA). Cruz had his first poor start of the season last Friday. Over 5 2-3 innings of an 11-7 loss to the Chicago Cubs, he allowed seven runs, matching his total from his previous four starts. In 12 career appearances against the Reds, Cruz is 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Reds - Sean Casey, .320 avg.; Austin Kearns and Adam Dunn, 9 HRs; Kearns, 20 RBIs; Adam Dunn, 20 runs; Aaron Boone, 4 SBs. Rockies - Todd Helton, .337 avg., 6 HRs, 27 RBIs and 28 runs; Preston Wilson, 5 SBs.

SEASON SERIES: Tied, 1-1.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Reds - 1B Casey is hitless in eight career at-bats against Cruz. … The Reds have struck out a major league-high 242 times. … LF Dunn was moved into the No. 2 spot Wednesday to get more production out of the top of the order. He went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and three runs. Rockies - The Rockies have scored four runs in an inning 11 times, including in each of the past two games. They lead the NL with 171 runs. … The Rockies’ starters are 8-1 at Coors Field this season. … Before Wednesday, Colorado had won five straight at home over Cincinnati.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Reds - 4-8 on the road; Rockies - 11-3 at home.

INJURIES: Reds - IF Barry Larkin (calf), 15-day DL; OF Russell Branyan (shoulder), 15-day DL; OF Ken Griffey Jr. (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Jimmy Haynes (back), 15-day DL; RHP Luke Prokopec (arm), 60-day DL. Rockies - RHP Scott Elarton (shoulder), 15-day DL; LHP Denny Neagle (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Denny Stark (side), 15-day DL; IF Pablo Ozuna (knee), 60-day DL; IF Juan Uribe (foot), 60-day DL.

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Starting Pitchers

J. Austin Cin vs. N. Cruz Det
2-3 Record 3-5
8.58 ERA 7.21
22 K 38
21 BB 11
1.73 WHIP 1.42