Kyle Freeland, Sam Hilliard lead Rockies to 6-5 win over Reds

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  • Kyle Freeland pitched with the precision of a Rolex in the Rockies’ 6-5 victory over the Reds on Wednesday night at Great American Ball Park.

    And the veteran left-hander got a big assist from center fielder Sam Hilliard, who hit two big flys in his first two at-bats to spark a Colorado offense that banged out 12 hits.

    The Rockies snapped an eight-game losing streak to the Reds and won for just the second time in Cincinnati in their last 14 games.

    It wasn’t easy, because, of course, nothing comes easy for the 2024 Rockies. The Reds scored three runs in the ninth off relievers Victor Vodnik and Jalen Beeks. Tyler Stephenson led off the Reds’ ninth with a homer off Vodnik.

    Freeland, who gave up two runs on eight hits and walked just one, was nearly untouchable for his first six innings. With his knuckle curve and slider confounding the Reds, Freeland struck out nine over his 6 2/3 innings. He produced 15 swings and misses with his curveball. His nine Ks were one shy of his career high.

    In four starts since coming off the injured list on June 23, Freeland has posted a 1.71 ERA with 21 strikeouts vs. only five walks.

    Freeland looked like he was heading for a possible complete game until he encountered heavy traffic in the seventh. Stephenson led off with a double but was erased at third when he tried to stretch his hit into a double. Right fielder Jake Cave and second baseman Brendan Rodgers made two excellent throws to nail Stephenson.

    Noelvi Marte hit a double to left and scored on Rece Hinds’ single, and when Freeland walked No. 9 hitter Santiago Espinal, Freeland’s night was done. Vodnik needed just one pitch to end the seventh when he coaxed a ground out of Jonathan Indian.

    Hilliard’s two-run homer in the third was his first in the majors since April 24 of last season when he played for Atlanta. He timed up starter Frankie Montas’ 2-1 cutter and lined it at 105 mph over the right-field wall.

    In the fifth, Hilliard led off the opposite-field blast to left off Montas. This time, he sat on Montas’ first-pitch slider and drove it 382 feet to give Colorado a 4-1 cushion. Wednesday marked the third multi-homer game of Hilliard’s career.

    Thursday’s pitching matchup

    Rockies LHP Austin Gomber (2-5, 4.47 ERA) at Reds RHP Hunter Greene (5-4, 3.45)

    11:10 a.m. Thursday, Great American Ball Park

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    Source:: The Denver Post – Sports


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