CINCINNATI (AP) — The Reds hit five homers over the first five innings, including a three-run blast by Joey Votto, and Cincinnati extended the Colorado Rockies’ road woes with an 11-5 win on Friday night.
Nick Castellanos, Scott Heineman, Kyle Farmer and Tyler Stephenson also went deep against Kyle Freeland (0-2), who set a career high for home runs allowed.
The Rockies fell to 5-25 away from Coors Field and have lost every road series this season.
The Reds fell one short of matching their single-game season high for homers. They homered in five consecutive innings for the first time since April 21, 2015, at Milwaukee. Cincinnati had never hit homers in the first five innings of any game since rejoining the National League in 1890, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Tyler Mahle (6-2) had a 9-0 lead before he faltered in the sixth, allowing a run on a wild pitch before Ryan McMahon hit a three-run homer. Mahle allowed four runs on five hits in six innings, retiring 12 straight batters in one stretch.
“It’s awesome,” Mahle said. “When your team’s hitting like that, you can just try to get outs. They put on a clinic.”
With Jesse Winker on first, Castellanos lined Freeland’s fifth pitch of the game into the first row of seats in deep right-center for his 13th homer of the season.
Eugenio Suárez led off the second with a double, and Heineman followed with his second homer of the year. Votto broke the game open in the third with his seventh homer, an opposite-field shot that followed third baseman McMahon’s error on a potential double-play ball. The normally laid-back Votto celebrated a bit when he saw the ball reach the seats.
“We went ahead 7-0,” he said. “The more runs the merrier. I just wanted to contribute to the win. I’m feeling more comfortable celebrating. That was genuine joy. That was relief.”
“It’s the best to see guys have success,” Reds manager David Bell said. “I know Joey’s had a lot of it, but it is still good to see him enjoy it.”
Farmer homered leading off the fourth and Stephenson ended Freeland’s night when he went deep leading off the fifth. Freeland previously had allowed three home runs in a game three times. He gave up nine runs (eight earned) on eight hits in his fourth start since coming off the injured list.
“My body feels fine,” he said. “I’m just missing locations.”