Rockies 7, Reds 4

Jack Etkin, The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange

DENVER -- Todd Helton collected his 2,500th career hit, and the Colorado Rockies rolled to a 7-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Sunday.
Colorado won two of three in the weekend series.
Thanks to some stellar relief pitching by Adam Ottavino and Josh Outman and one big inning, the Rockies survived the early loss of starter Tyler Chatwood.
The anticipation was building for Helton to reach the 2,500-hit plateau. After getting to 2,499 with his second homer of the game Friday night, Helton went hitless in seven consecutive at-bats followed by an intentional walk in the fifth inning Sunday that caused the crowd to boo loudly.
In the seventh, Helton lined a hit off Curtis Partch, whom the Reds recalled Sunday, and just beat the throw of left fielder Chris Heisey for a double. Helton became the 96th player in major league history to reach 2,500 hits. The double was his 584th, enabling Helton to pass Hall of Famer Robin Yount and move into 17th place all-time.
The victory gave the Rockies three consecutive series wins for the second time this season, the other being from April 12-21.
Chatwood came off the disabled list after recovering from right elbow inflammation, and he made his first start for the Rockies since July 31. However, he took a line drive hit by pitcher Mike Leake off his right thumb in the third. Chatwood stayed in the game for three batters but was ineffective, throwing 10 of 14 pitches for balls before he left.
Ottavino (1-2) pitched three scoreless innings and earned his first win since Aug. 19, 2012. Outman stranded runners on first and third when he entered the game in the sixth and retired the side in order in the seventh.
Michael Cuddyer went 4-for-4 with three RBIs and hit his 18th homer in the seventh. DJ LeMahieu and Nolan Arenado drove in two runs apiece for the Rockies, and Arenado hit his 10th home run.
Leake (11-6) continued his recent struggles. He lasted 4 1/3 innings, allowing six runs and leaving in the midst of the four-run outburst that put the Rockies ahead 6-2. In his past four starts, Leake is 1-1 with a 7.89 ERA.
Heisey finished 4-for-4 for Cincinnati, and Shin-Soo Choo had three hits, including a two-run homer. Devin Mesoraco and Jack Hannahan each collected two hits.
NOTES: Rockies 2B Josh Rutledge was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs and began his third stint this season with Colorado. He pinch-hit in the ninth and grounded out. In 38 games at Colorado Springs, Rutledge hit .371 with four homers and 24 RBIs. ... Rockies LF Carlos Gonzalez had no issues with his sprained right middle finger while batting three times Saturday for Colorado Springs on a rehab assignment. He is expected to play in Triple-A through Monday before rejoining the major league team. ... Mesoraco batted fifth for the first time this season and the second time in his career. ... On Monday, the Reds will add INF Neftali Soto and OF Billy Hamilton from Triple-A Louisville and reinstate C Corky Miller (right quadriceps contusion) from the 15-day disabled list.

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