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CINCINNATI -- The Colorado Rockies hit five home runs, including two by Corey Dickerson, and Jordan Lyles pitched six solid innings, lifting them to an 11-2 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday night at Great American Ball Park.

Right fielder Charlie Blackmon and Dickerson began the game with consecutive home runs off Reds starter Alfredo Simon to open the flood gates. First baseman Justin Morneau added a two-run home run in the third.

Dickerson and shortstop Troy Tulowitzki hit back-to-back homers in the sixth off right-hander J.J. Hoover.

Dickerson went 4-for-5 with two homers, two doubles, and four RBIs for his first career multi-home run game.

Blackmon went 3-for-5 with a double, homer and two RBIs to lead Colorado (23-16), which had a season-high 11 extra-base hits.

Lyles (5-0) allowed two runs and four hits, walked four and struck out eight.

First baseman Joey Votto, batting cleanup for the second consecutive game after not hitting in that position since 2009, homered for the second straight night for Cincinnati (16-19).

Simon (4-2) endured his worst outing of the season Saturday night, allowing five earned runs on eight hits, including three home runs, in just three innings. He threw 61 pitches.

Simon gave up only six earned runs in the month of April, but already has allowed eight in two starts in May.

Colorado came out swinging against Simon, who had allowed just four home runs in his first six starts.

Blackmon began the game with a home run on an 0-2 pitch from Simon. Dickerson followed with a homer on a 3-2 pitch to put the Rockies ahead 2-0. It was Colorado's first back-to-back homers this season.

Votto, who homered on the first pitch in the bottom of the ninth inning to win Friday night's game, went deep on the first pitch he saw from Lyles, making the score 2-1.

But Morneau's eighth home run of the season, a two-run shot on a 2-1 pitch from Simon in the third, made the score 5-1. That was the final inning for Simon.

RBI doubles by Blackmon and Dickerson off right-hander Nick Christiani made the score 7-1 in the fourth.

NOTES: Rockies RF Charlie Blackmon had his third career leadoff home run and second this season. ... Colorado began the game with back-to-back home runs for the first time since May 4, 1996 (Eric Young, Ellis Burks) against the Marlins and for the first time in franchise history on the road. ... Reds LHP Aroldis Chapman, who has been on the disabled list since being struck on the forehead in a spring training game on March 19, was reinstated on Saturday. To make room for Chapman, RHP Curtis Partch was optioned to Triple-A Louisville. "He's satisfied everything we wanted him to do," Reds manager Bryan Price said of Chapman. "The ball's coming out of his hand good; velocity is there. It's remarkable. He's proven he's not affected by what happened." ... Through 34 games, Cincinnati had the highest fielding percentage (.991) and fewest errors (12) in the major leagues.

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