By Joe McDonald at 6 June, 2013, 3:00 am
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For the Colorado Rockies, it's always an uphill battle to prove they can not only hit on the road, but win games consistently away from Coors Field. It becomes much easier, however, when Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki are both healthy enough to put the entire offense on their backs. We saw a good example of that Wednesday night as Colorado's dreaded 3-4 combo teamed up to hit five home runs in a 12-4 beatdown of the Cincinnati Reds.
It was Gonzalez who did the majority of home run damage, connecting for a solo shot in the first, a 458-foot three-run blast in the fourth and a two-run roundtripper in the eighth. Tulowitzki, on the other hand, had a more complete offensive game with two home runs and three singles as he tied a career-high with five hits. For good measure, Todd Helton added his sixth home run to help round out Colorado's merciless 20-hit attack.
Here's a little more on the Rockies performance courtesy of Joe Kay from the Associated Press:
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.
''When we get some guys hitting in our lineup at the same time, it's a dangerous lineup,'' manager Walt Weiss said. ''Two really good players in the middle of our lineup were swinging the bat well tonight.''
Unfortunately for Cincinnati, the result here was just the tip of the iceberg on an all-arould rough day. Their scheduled starter, Johnny Cueto, had to be scratched early in the afternoon with a right lat injury. He was later placed on the 15-day DL. 25-year-old Pedro Villarreal was called up for the spot start and ended up taking the ugly loss.