Tapia finishes shy of cycle, Rockies beat Reds

 ROOKIE RAIMEL TAPIA FINISHED A SINGLE SHY OF THE CYCLE, CHARLIE BLACKMON LINED A SOLO SHOT AFTER IT WAS ANNOUNCED HE WOULD PARTICIPATE IN THE ALL-STAR HOME RUN DERBY AND THE COLORADO ROCKIES BEAT THE CINCINNATI REDS 5-3 ON MONDAY NIGHT.

TAPIA'S HOMER IN THE SIXTH BROKE A TIE GAME AS THE ROCKIES RETURNED HOME FOLLOWING A FORGETFUL 1-8 TRIP.  

RIGHT-HANDER JEFF HOFFMAN (5-1) NEARLY COLLECTED AS MANY HITS AT THE PLATE (TWO) AS HE SURRENDERED ON THE MOUND (FOUR). HE WENT SEVEN EFFECTIVE INNINGS, WITH HIS ONLY HICCUP BACK-TO-BACK HOMERS TO SCOOTER GENNETT AND JOEY VOTTO IN THE SIXTH. HOFFMAN'S RUN-SCORING DOUBLE IN THE SECOND WAS HIS FIRST MAJOR LEAGUE RBI.

HOFFMAN TURNED THE BALL OVER TO THE BULLPEN, WHERE JAKE MCGEE PITCHED THE EIGHTH AND RECENTLY NAMED ALL-STAR GREG HOLLAND THREW A PERFECT NINTH FOR HIS 27TH SAVE IN 28 CHANCES.

LUIS CASTILLO (0-1) WENT 5 2-3 INNINGS AND ALLOWED FOUR RUNS. HE ALSO STRUCK OUT EIGHT.                                                          

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