Duvall hits 20th homer as Reds hold off Rox

July 6th, 2017

DENVER -- hit his 20th home run and drove in another in the Reds' 6-3 defeat of the Rockies on Thursday, joining fellow sluggers Joey Votto and at the 20-homer threshold. The trio is on pace to hit a combined 123 home runs this season, surpassing the previous club record set in 1970 of 119.

The Reds, who've now won four of their last 19 road games, had 13 hits overall Thursday as they earned the four-game series split at Coors Field, their most since June 20 vs. the Rays. The Votto-Duvall-Schebler trio reached base eight times in 15 plate appearances.

"I feel like collectively as a whole group and team, we've been swinging it well," Duvall said. "We're approaching the half, and we've just got to keep winning ballgames."

• Romano gets first career win in Coors start

In the eighth, the Rockies nearly mounted a comeback against closer , who has been lights-out for most of the year. After scored on a sacrifice fly, Charlie Blackmon -- hitting third for just the second time in his career -- reached third with two outs thanks to a throwing error on his stolen-base attempt. But struck out swinging to leave him stranded.

Gonzalez is mired in a season-long slump, hitting just .217/.297/.337 in 72 games. His .634 OPS would match his career-worst mark set during his rookie season in 2008 with the Athletics.

"A lot of times when I get in trouble I start swinging at their pitches instead of my pitches," Gonzalez said. "But it's a fight. They're not gonna throw me anything over there. It doesn't matter what the batting average is."

The Rockies' offense continued scuffling along with Gonzalez on Thursday, and has averaged 3.3 runs per game since 's walk-off home run to complete the cycle on June 18. Manager Bud Black said the team hasn't put together a whole game recently, which may account for the struggles.

"Right now we're either pitching well enough to win but we're not hitting, or we hit enough and we don't pitch well," Black said. "That combination has been happening in the last four or five days."


Can do, Duvall: Though the Reds got solid pitching from winning pitcher , Rockies starter was nearly as effective, making every run important. Duvall contributed with that important winning run in the fifth, lifting a fly ball to the warning track for an RBI double after choking up and fouling off two tough pitches. It scored Scooter Gennett and put the Reds up 3-1 at the time, a lead they would not relinquish. Duvall was also helped out by Blackmon and Gonzalez appearing to pull up near the wall.

"Any time you can add a couple there at the end, it's what you want to do," Duvall said. "They have a good offense and score three runs like that. It's good we added on there and continued to battle."

Wol for one, and one for Wol:Tony Wolters nearly ignited a comeback in the bottom of the fifth when he doubled home . The Rockies had put on a hit-and-run, and Wolters executed it perfectly, lining the extra-base hit to right-center field. After Wolters advanced to third on a Chatwood groundout, Tapia walked, giving DJ LeMahieu a first-and-third situation. But LeMahieu grounded out to shortstop , ending the threat. More >


"It's amazing, man. You dream of it as a little kid, obviously. You dream to get here. To get the first win is pretty special, not just for me but for my family too. This one was phenomenal." -- Romano, on notching his first big league win


The last time the Reds had three teammates produce 20-homer first halves, in 1970, Tony Perez had 29, Johnny Bench had 28 and Lee May had 20.


Tapia's speed showed itself in the eighth inning when he tagged up on a shallow fly ball and scored the Rockies' third run. The Reds challenged the call, thinking catcher applied the tag in time, but the call was confirmed.


Reds: The road trip moves on to Arizona for the final series of the first half against the D-backs. Friday's 9:40 p.m. ET opener will put on the mound to start. Adleman has taken the loss in three of his last four starts as he seeks to go into the break on a strong note.

Rockies: The Rockies open up a three-game set with the White Sox on Friday at 6:40 p.m. MT as they prepare for the All-Star break. Right-hander will face on the mound.

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