Gonzalez hits homer hat trick as Rockies thrash Reds
AP Friday, June 7, 2013, 12:20 am TWN
CINCINNATI -- Carlos Gonzalez tied his career high with three of Colorado's six homers, and Troy Tulowitzki went 5 for 5 with a pair of homers Wednesday night, powering the Rockies to a 12-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.
The Rockies hadn't hit six homers in a game since they had that many against the Marlins on July 4, 2008, according to STATS LLC.
Gonzalez got Colorado's splurge going with a solo shot and a three-run drive off Pedro Villarreal (0-1), who was roughed up by one of the NL's top offenses in his first big league start. Tulowitzki tied his career high with five hits, including a two-run homer and a solo shot.
Todd Helton also homered as the Rockies piled up a season-high 20 hits, the most allowed by Cincinnati since 2009. The Reds came in with the second-best earned run average in the NL.
Jon Garland (4-6) gave up four runs — all in the first — and lasted six innings.
The Rockies took the last two games of their series, ending a streak of six straight losses against Cincinnati.
Diamondbacks 10, Cardinals 3 Paul Goldschmidt hit his second grand slam in five days for Arizona, and Wade Miley bounced back from his two worst outings of the season.
Arizona has won four of five. St. Louis, with the best record in the majors, dropped back-to-back games for the first time since April 28-29.
Goldschmidt became the first Arizona player with two slams on the same road trip. He hit one in a 12-4 win at the Chicago Cubs on Saturday.
Miley (4-5) gave up three runs and 11 hits over 6 2-3 innings. He had given up seven earned runs in each of his previous two starts.
St. Louis' Joe Kelly (0-3), making his first start of the season, gave up one earned run in 5 2-3 innings. Matt Carpenter had four hits for the Cardinals and pushed his career-best hitting streak to 14 games.
Braves 5, Pirates 0 Julio Teheran carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning, leading Atlanta to the win.
Pinch hitter Brandon Inge singled to left with two outs in the eighth for Pittsburgh's only hit of the game. Teheran then received an ovation from Braves fans, who also cheered after the inning ended on Starling Marte's popup.
Teheran (4-2) set a career high with 11 strikeouts in eight innings in the Braves' fifth straight win, including a sweep of the three-game series. David Carpenter pitched a perfect ninth.
Evan Gattis and Gerald Laird hit back-to-back homers in the sixth.
Pittsburgh's Wandy Rodriguez (6-4) left with tightness in his left forearm after recording only one out in the first inning. He gave up two hits and a run and hit Freddie Freeman with his 14th and final pitch.
The Pirates have lost three straight and five of six.
Other games on Wednesday:
Padres 6, Dodgers 2
Phillies 6, Marlins 1
Mets 10, Nationals 1
Athletics 6, Brewers 1
Blue Jays 4, Giants 0
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