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Simon gives up 2 HRs to start, Rockies rout Reds

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 10, 2014 at 10:40 pm •  Published: May 10, 2014

CINCINNATI (AP) — Alfredo Simon gave up home runs to Charlie Blackmon and Corey Dickerson to start the game, and the Cincinnati Reds never got any closer.

Dickerson hit two home runs and two doubles, driving in a career-high four runs Saturday night as the Colorado Rockies routed the Reds 11-2.

Simon (4-2), who has filled in admirably for the injured Mat Latos in the Reds' rotation, had six quality starts to begin the season.

"He made some mistakes up in the zone," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "When he is on you see batters pound the ball in the ground. He just couldn't get the ball down."

Justin Morneau homered off Simon in the third. It tied Simon's career high for home runs allowed — the last time Simon gave up that many, he was in the Baltimore rotation in 2011.

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.

"Their lineup was very comfortable," Price said. "We are a team that uses both sides of the plate. Simon threw a lot of pitches over the middle."

Simon was tagged a season-high eight hits and five runs in three innings.

"Today wasn't one of our best games," said catcher Brayan Pena, who is also filling in for the injured Devin Mesoraco. "That is a very hot lineup. Everybody knows Simon is a sinkerball pitcher. Today he was up a little bit. He feels bad about it. He came in to watch film."

Blackmon led off the game with his eighth homer of the season and Dickerson followed with his third. It was the first time in team history that the Rockies had hit a pair of home runs to start a game.

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