CINCINNATI — Nolan Arenado hit a three-run homer on Wednesday, extending his hitting tear, and Kyle Kendrick pitched into the eighth inning for his first win since opening day, leading the Colorado Rockies to a 6-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.
The Rockies won for the fourth time in five games, taking two of three in the series. The Reds have lost 10 of 11, a streak that started when one of the home run smokestacks at Great American Ball Park caught fire during a loss to the Giants on May 15.
Arenado hit his 10th homer in the first inning off Mike Leake (2-4) and added a single. In the past four games, the third baseman is 9 for 16 with three homers, one triple and 10 RBIs.
Kendrick (2-6) signed with the Rockies as a free agent, pitched seven shutout innings to beat Milwaukee on opening day, and hadn't won since, going 0-6 with a 7.58 ERA in his last eight starts. The right-hander gave up five hits, including solo homers by Todd Frazier and Tucker Barnhart, in 7 1-3 innings.
Boone Logan walked Frazier with the bases loaded in the eighth and gave up Jay Bruce's RBI single, cutting it to 6-4. John Axford faced three batters in the ninth while getting his eighth save in as many chances.
The Reds ended a nine-game losing streak — their longest in 17 years — with a 2-1 win on Tuesday night. They didn't have much of a chance as Leake struggled through another rough start, giving up nine hits and six runs in only five innings. Charlie Blackmon added a two-run homer in the second inning.
In his last three starts, Leake has allowed 20 runs, 27 hits and six homers in only 14 innings.
D.J. LeMahieu had a pair of singles, extending his hitting streak to 10 games.
Rockies: Left-hander Jorge De La Rosa, who was skipped on Tuesday because of a cut on his pitching hand, will start on Saturday in Philadelphia. Jordan Lyles, who has a sprained toe on his left foot, will start on Sunday.
Reds: Second baseman Brandon Phillips was out of the lineup for a second consecutive day because of a sore left foot. He pinch hit in the ninth and struck out.
Rockies: Colorado has a day off before starting a weekend series in Philadelphia. Chad Bettis (1-0), who was called up on May 14, faces left-hander Cole Hamels (5-3).
Reds: After a day off on Thursday, Cincinnati continues its homestand with three games against Washington. Anthony DeSclafani (2-4), who has lost his last four decisions, faces the Nationals' Stephen Strasburg (3-5).
Follow Joe Kay on Twitter: http://twitter.com/apjoekay
All content copyright ©2015 Daily Journal, a division of Home News Enterprises unless otherwise noted.