CINCINNATI (AP) — Walt Weiss has been saying Corey Dickerson is a pretty good hitter. Dickerson proved the Colorado manager correct on Saturday night.
Dickerson hit two home runs and two doubles, driving in a career-high four runs as the Rockies routed the Cincinnati Reds 11-2.
"That's probably one of the best games of my career," said Dickerson, who was hitting .340 with two homers going into the game. "It shows the versatility of this ream and the close-knitedness, coming back from two losses in a row."
Weiss was impressed.
"Dickerson's got a pretty good track record of swinging the bat," he said. "He can hit. It's nice to be able to get an opportunity to get him into the lineup. He's worked pretty hard."
Charlie Blackmon and Dickerson hit back-to-back home runs to start the game. Justin Morneau and Troy Tulowitzki later homered for the Rockies and Nolan Arenado doubled twice, a day after his 28-game hitting streak ended.
The Rockies got 11 extra-base hits, making things easy for Jordan Lyles (5-0). He struck out eight in six innings and left with a 10-2 lead.
"From the get-go, they put up runs," said Lyles, who issued a season-high four walks. "Back-to-back (homers) in the first, then a couple of innings later, they put up big runs. I guess you could I was effectively wild. I struck out a couple more guys than normal."
"I prefer to not strike out that many guys, as weird as that sounds. I'd rather get the groundballs," he said.
Alfredo Simon (4-2) was tagged for a season-high eight hits and five runs in three innings. Simon was not available after the game, but manager Bryan Price said control was his starter's problem.
"He made some mistakes up in the zone," Price said. "When he is on you see batters pound the ball in the ground. He just couldn't get the ball down. Their lineup was very comfortable. We are a team that uses both sides of the plate. Simon threw a lot of pitches over the middle."
That was a big problem against the top-scoring team in the majors, catcher Brayan Pena said.
"Today wasn't one of our best games," Pena said. "That is a very hot lineup. Everybody knows Simon is a sinker ball pitcher. Today, he was up a little bit. He feels bad about it."
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