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Nicasio hit hard early, Rockies lose to Reds 8-3

Published on NewsOK Modified: September 1, 2013 at 1:18 am •  Published: September 1, 2013

DENVER (AP) — Juan Nicasio was in trouble right away.

He issued a four-pitch walk to Shin-Soo Choo and served up a triple to Brandon Phillips to start a 25-pitch first inning. The right-hander was gone before he could get out of the fifth.

"I don't think he got loose," Colorado manager Walt Weiss said. "He used the first inning to get loosened up."

Phillips tripled, homered and doubled in his first three at-bats, Greg Reynolds beat his former team for his first major league win in two years, and the Cincinnati Reds defeated the Rockies 8-3 on Saturday night.

Phillips scored three runs, drove in two and just missed becoming the first Reds player to hit for the cycle since Eric Davis did it against the San Diego Padres on June 2, 1989. Phillips struck out and grounded sharply to third in his last two at-bats.

He began the night with an RBI triple that rolled to the center-field wall, and scored on Joey Votto's groundout. Phillips connected in the third off Nicasio for his 17th home run, then doubled to left in the fifth and scored.

"I was a little tired in the first inning and I had a problem with the command of my fastball," Nicasio said. "I missed a couple of pitches against good hitters because of my command and got behind in the count."

Colorado's Todd Helton remained one hit shy of 2,500, going 0 for 4 with three strikeouts a night after homering twice and matching a career high with six RBIs.

"You can be great one game and have the hat trick the next," Helton said.

Reynolds, drafted No. 2 overall by the Rockies in 2006, was traded two years ago to Texas. He was signed to a minor league contract by the Reds last December.

Making his second start since being recalled from Triple-A Louisville to fill in for injured Tony Cingrani, Reynolds (1-2) allowed three runs on seven hits over eight innings at Coors Field in his first career start against his old team.

"I hadn't done particularly well here," he said. "I learned what not to do, but I was definitely more comfortable coming out here now. I feel I'm a better pitcher now than I was before. I think that kind of showed today."

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