Pacheco, bullpen comes to Rockies’ rescue in slugfest
The Colorado Rockies outlasted the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday, 12-7, in game that included a combined nine home runs — five by the Reds and four by the Rockies, including the first major-league home run for.
Down a run in the bottom of the first after two singles and a throwing error put the Reds up 1-0, the Rockies began the home run barrage with a solo shot byand a two-run homer by . added an RBI single in the inning to put the Rockies up 4-1, and a two-run home by in the bottom of the second extended the lead to 6-1.
But Rockies starterstruggled, allowing five home runs, two in the third and back-back-to-back solo shots in the fifth to bring the Reds all the way back to tie the game 7-7. The Rockies responded in the bottom of the fifth with a solo home run, their fourth and Jordan’s Pacheco’s first major-league home run. White, despite allowing seven runs, six of which were earned, on eight hits in five innings, picked up his third career win and second with the Rockies.
The bullpen of, , and settled things down and combined to allow just one hit over the next four innings as the Rockies clung to a one-run lead. The Rockies offense woke up in the bottom of the eighth and gave Betancourt some insurance, scoring four runs on a wild pitch, a bases-loaded walk and an two-run single by Pacheco.
Ellis left the game in the sixth after being hit in the helmet with a pitch.