Helton helps Rockies cool red-hot Reds

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CINCINNATI (MLB.com) — Todd Helton homered and drove in three runs, while rookie Christian Friedrich recorded six strikeouts in five innings as the Rockies defeated the Reds, 6-3, in the opener of a three-game series at Great American Ball Park on Friday night.

Helton hit his fifth home run of the season and the 352nd of his career — a two-run, 367-foot shot to right field — that gave the Rockies a 2-0 lead in the second inning.

Friedrich, meanwhile, got his first career hit — a one-out single in the the fourth that advanced catcher Wilin Rosario to third base. Rosario scored on a single to center by Eric Young to make it 3-0. Colorado wound up loading the bases with two outs, but Tyler Colvin hit a bouncer off the glove of Reds starter Johnny Cueto that Brandon Phillips fielded to retire the side.

Friedrich was dealing through three innings — no runs, two hits, three strikeouts — but he ran into trouble in the fourth. Back-to-back doubles by Ryan Ludwick and Todd Frazier plated three Reds runs and tied the game at 3.

The Rockies, however, responded with two runs in the next inning. Carlos Gonzalez scored on a single by Helton, and Troy Tulowitzki scored on a double by Jordan Pacheco. READ MORE>>>

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