CINCINNATI — Ian Desmond hit a two-run homer, and Gerardo Parra and Tony Wolters each drove in a pair of runs Wednesday night as the bottom of Colorado’s batting order powered the Rockies to a 6-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.
Colorado arrived in town with a season-high four straight losses, all set up by blown leads. Jon Gray (6-6) went five innings and showed signs of emerging from his recent struggles. The bullpen held on to give the Rockies their second consecutive win in the series.
Cincinnati’s Scooter Gennett drove in a pair of runs with a double and a sacrifice fly on the one-year anniversary of his record-setting game.
The second baseman became the 17th player in major league history to hit four home runs last June 6 against the Cardinals at Great American Ball Park. Gennett also became the first to have four homers, five hits and 10 RBIs in a game.
He was no match for the Rockies’ 6-through-8 hitters, who combined for five of the team’s eight hits and all of its RBIs.
Wolters batted eighth and doubled home a run with two outs in the second inning against Sal Romano (3-7). Sixth-place hitter Parra singled home a run in the fourth, and Desmond followed with his 11th homer for a 4-2 lead.
Wolters singled home another run with two outs in the sixth, and Parra had an RBI single in the eighth as the Rockies pulled away.
Gray came into the game in a deep slump — 1-2 with 9.33 ERA in his last four starts. He gave up three runs and seven hits in five innings. Four relievers finished it, with Wade Davis pitching the ninth for his second straight save in the series and his NL-leading 20th in 22 chances.
The Reds fell to 21-41 overall. They’ve matched the 1950 team for second-worst start in franchise history, trailing only the 1934 team that went 19-43.
Rockies: Relief pitcher Adam Ottavino could resume throwing off a mound by the end of the week. He’s recovering from a strained left oblique.
Reds: RHP Homer Bailey is expected to resume throwing Thursday. He went on the 10-day DL last week with a sore right knee.
Rockies: Left-hander Tyler Anderson (3-1) faced the Reds on May 26 at Coors Field and gave up three runs on six hits in six innings of Cincinnati’s 6-5 win.
Reds: Tyler Mahle (4-6) is 1-3 in his last five starts.