CINCINNATI — Sensing that Jorge De La Rosa wasn’t paying attention, the Reds were off and running.
Jay Bruce had two of the Reds’ five steals in the second inning off De La Rosa — their biggest inning on the bases in roughly a century — and Cincinnati held on for a 4-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night.
Brandon Phillips had four hits, and Billy Hamilton doubled home two runs during Cincinnati’s four-run second inning off De La Rosa (1-2). The inning included those record five steals off the left-hander’s slow move to the plate. The Reds hadn’t stolen so many bases during an inning since at least the 1920s, per information provided by the teams from the Elias Sports Bureau.
“A rarity, like an eclipse,” Bruce said.
De La Rosa was having trouble getting his fastball to go where he wanted, so he started throwing more change-ups and ignoring runners, who took off at every opportunity. It was the most steals that the Rockies had ever allowed in an inning.
“I lost my concentration,” De La Rosa said. “I wasn’t paying attention to the runners. I have to do a better job than that.”
Rookie Robert Stephenson (2-0) got his second win as an injury fill-in, called up from Triple-A earlier in the day because scheduled starter Alfredo Simon has a strained biceps.