Reds 14, Rockies 7
DENVER (AP)—Wily Mo Pena needed just six innings to have a career day.
Pena homered and had a career-high five RBIs before relatively high humid conditions forced him to leave after singling in the sixth inning with cramps and dehydration in the Cincinnati Reds’ 14-7 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Sunday.
“I felt a little bit of a cramp before (on the home run), but on the hit, when I ran to first base I really could feel it,” Pena said. “We have a day off and I can rest it.”
Pena, who has 11 homers and 27 RBIs in his last 26 games, was 3-for-4 with two singles and his career-best 18th homer to help the Reds salvage the finale of the three-game series.
“Five RBIs is nice, it was a good day, and I felt good hitting all day,” Pena said. “I have been doing all right for a while. I just am comfortable.”
Cory Lidle (7-10) benefited from the offensive surge, allowing three runs and nine hits over six innings in winning for the first time since June 30 at the New York Mets. Lidle had been winless in his previous six starts.
“It wasn’t our day,” Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. “We dug ourselves a hole that was out of the question.”
The Reds pounded Jeff Fassero (2-8) for a career-high 11 runs and 11 hits in three-plus innings.
“I was terrible,” Fassero said. “I couldn’t locate and my mechanics hurt me when I dropped down too much on my delivery.”
Pena drove in the first two in a four-run first inning after Fassero walked Casey and Adam Dunn to load the bases. Jimenez drove in a run with a double, and Pena scored on LaRue’s ground out.
Lidle doubled to left to open the second inning, Ryan Freel walked and Lopez reached on a bunt single. Casey followed with a two-run single.
“It was nice to see us get an early lead and get some good, timely hitting,” Reds manager Dave Miley said.
Burnitz hit his 30th homer in the second to make it 6-1.
Juan Castro’s RBI double and Lopez’s two-run double in the third extended Cincinnati’s lead to 9-1.
Burnitz had an RBI double in the fourth to make it 9-2.
The Reds got RBI singles from Pena, Jimenez and LaRue in the sixth to give Cincinnati a 14-2 lead.
Colorado’s Charles Johnson singled in a run in the sixth to make it 14-3.
Every Cincinnati starter, including Lidle, had at least one hit. … The Reds avoided their first sweep in Colorado since Aug. 6-8, 2002. … Cincinnati and Colorado completed the season series tied 3-3. … Blood clots were discovered in both lungs of RHP Aaron Cook, and he’ll miss the rest of the season.