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Rockies pound out 20 hits in 12-4 rout of Reds

Carlos Gonzalez tied his career high with three of Colorado’s six homers, and Troy Tulowitzki went 5-for-5 with a pair of homers last night, powering the Rockies to a 12-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.

The Rockies hadn’t hit six homers in a game since they had that many against the Marlins on July 4, 2008, according to STATS LLC.

Gonzalez got Colorado’s splurge going with a solo shot and a three-run drive off Pedro Villarreal (0-1), who was roughed up by one of the NL’s top offenses in his first big league start. Tulowitzki tied his career high with five hits, including a two-run homer and a solo shot.

Todd Helton also homered as the Rockies piled up a season-high 20 hits, the most allowed by Cincinnati since 2009. The Reds came in with the second-best earned run average in the NL.

Jon Garland (4-6) gave up four runs – all in the first – and lasted six innings.

The Rockies took the last two games of their series, ending a streak of six straight losses against Cincinnati.

BRAVES 5, PIRATES 0

Julio Teheran carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning, leading Atlanta to the win.

Pinch hitter Brandon Inge singled to left with two outs in the eighth for Pittsburgh’s only hit of the game. Teheran then received an ovation from Braves fans, who also cheered after the inning ended on Starling Marte’s popup.

Teheran (4-2) set a career high with 11 strikeouts in eight innings in the Braves’ fifth straight win, including a sweep of the three-game series. David Carpenter pitched a perfect ninth.

Evan Gattis and Gerald Laird hit back-to-back homers in the sixth.

Pittsburgh’s Wandy Rodriguez (6-4) left with tightness in his left forearm after recording only one out in the first inning. He gave up two hits and a run and hit Freddie Freeman with his 14th and final pitch.

The Pirates have lost three straight and five of six.

PHILLIES 6, MARLINS 1

Cole Hamels had a season-high 11 strikeouts in seven dominant innings, Domonic Brown hit another homer and the Phillies completed a three-game series sweep.

Hamels (2-9) allowed one run and four hits to snap a personal six-game losing streak.

Jimmy Rollins hit a go-ahead RBI single with two outs in the seventh off A.J. Ramos (0-2). Ryan Howard followed with a two-run triple, diving headfirst into third.

Then Brown went downtown to make it 6-1. Brown has 10 homers in the last 12 games and leads the NL with 18.

The Phillies (30-30) have their first four-game winning streak and will try to go above .500 for the first time when they open a four-game series at Milwaukee on Thursday night.

Marlins starter Jacob Turner allowed one run and four hits in six innings.

METS 10, NATIONALS 1

Marlon Byrd maintained his mastery of Dan Haren with a pair of home runs, and the Mets snapped a four-game losing streak.

The win put the Mets above .400 and the Nationals below .500 – a succinct reflection of the mixed fortunes of both clubs – and also dropped preseason favorite Washington to third place behind Philadelphia in the NL East. The Nationals trail division-leading Atlanta by eight games.

Byrd hit a two-run homer in the second and a solo shot in the third, making him 10-for-18 in his career against Haren (4-7).

New York’s Dillon Gee (4-6) allowed one run and nine hits over seven innings in his second consecutive solid start after his spot in the rotation had been put in doubt by a series of short outings.

David Wright, in a 1-for-18 slump entering the game, also homered for the Mets in the third inning.

INTERLEAGUE

ATHLETICS 6, BREWERS 1

Bartolo Colon won his fourth straight start and Brandon Moss hit a three-run homer to power the Athletics to the victory.

Oakland has won 16 of its last 19 games. Colon (7-2) gave up a run and eight hits in seven innings.

Colon is among more than a dozen players whose names have been tied to a now-closed Miami anti-aging clinic under investigation by Major League Baseball. The right-hander missed the end of last season when he was suspended 50 games after testing positive for synthetic testosterone.

Milwaukee left fielder Ryan Braun, who has also been linked to the clinic, did not play because of a lingering thumb problem.

Yovani Gallardo (4-6) allowed five runs and six hits in six-plus innings to lose for the fifth time in his last six starts.

BLUE JAYS 4, GIANTS 0

R.A. Dickey allowed two hits in 8 1∕3 innings and sparked a four-run fifth inning with an RBI double, helping Toronto to a split of the two-game series.

Mark DeRosa added a two-run single and Adam Lind had three hits for his eighth multihit performance in the past 12 games.

Barry Zito (4-4) was done in by the one big inning and lost at home for the first time since last August. The defending World Series champion Giants have lost 11 of 18 games heading into a nine-game road trip.

Dickey (5-7) bounced back from a pair of rough starts in which he allowed six runs each to Baltimore and Atlanta. He shut down the Giants thanks to his dancing knuckleball that helped him record five strikeouts.

Zito allowed four runs, seven hits and three walks in six innings to lose at home for the first time since Aug. 2, 2012, against the Mets.

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