CINCINNATI- The Colorado Rockies hit five home runs, including two by Corey Dickerson, and Jordan Lyles pitched six solid innings, lifting them to an easy 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 back to back home runs off Reds starter Alfredo Simon to open the scoring and the more. First baseman Justin Morneau connected on 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, who is just flat-out terrible.
Dickerson went 4-for-5 with two homers, two doubles, and four RBIs.
Blackmon went 3-for-5 with a double, homer and two RBIs to lead Colorado, which had 11 extra-base hits.
Lyles 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.
Simon 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.
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 off Simon in the third, made the score 5-1. That was the final inning for Simon.
Finale of the series will occur tomorrow afternoon, first pitch is at 1:10pm, Homer Bailey will be on the mound for Cincinnati.