Reds give up late leads in DH sweep by Rockies

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 18, 2014 at 12:56 am •  Published: August 18, 2014
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DENVER (AP) — Two bad innings turned a potential fruitful day into a pair of losses for the Cincinnati Reds.

Michael Cuddyer hit for the cycle, including a two-run double in Colorado's five-run eighth inning, and the Rockies rallied again to beat Cincinnati 10-5 in Game 2 to complete a doubleheader sweep Sunday night.

Drew Stubbs finished off Colorado's five-run ninth inning with a three-run homer off J.J. Hoover, sending the Rockies to a 10-9 victory in the first game.

The Reds' relievers allowed 15 of Colorado's 20 runs. No one was spared, including All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman, whose control problems opened the door for Colorado in the opener.

"The first one got away from us and the second one got away from us," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "We really did everything we could with our bullpen to get to the place where he had a chance to win that first game. And that's the one we should put away and we didn't."

Cuddyer, reinstated from the disabled list earlier in the day after missing 60 games with a left shoulder fracture, tripled in the first, homered in the fifth and singled in the seventh to become the seventh Rockies player to hit for the cycle and first since Carlos Gonzalez on July 31, 2010, against the Chicago Cubs.

Adam Ottavino (1-4) picked up the win in relief and reliever Carlos Contreras (0-1), who allowed five runs in 1 1-3 innings, took the loss.

"We had a three-man bullpen for Game 2 and it didn't work out," Price said.

Ryan Ludwick had a two-run homer in the sixth off Yohan Flande to help the Reds take a 5-2 lead into the seventh. But the Rockies pulled even in their half of the seventh with the help of the Reds' second error, which came with the bases loaded and one out after Colorado had pulled within two. Reds third baseman Ramon Santiago cleanly fielded Nolan Arenado's hard RBI bouncer down the line and stepped on the bag for the force but his throw to first was wide and rolled onto the dirt track in foul territory, allowing two runners to cross the plate.

That set the stage for another big finish by the Rockies. After Brandon Barnes and Charlie Culberson each singled with one out in the eighth, Manny Parra relieved Contreras, and Josh Rutledge beat out an infield single to load the bases with two outs. Corey Dickerson, who earlier extended his hitting streak to 12 games, and Cuddyer followed with successive two-run doubles.

Cuddyer sent his drive down the third-base line and emphatically clapped his hands as he pulled into second base. It was his second career cycle. He also did it against Milwaukee on May 22, 2009, while with the Minnesota Twins.

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