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Benson, Candelario and Stephenson propel Reds past Rockies 13-3

DENVER – Will Benson drove in three runs, Jeimer Candelario and Tyler Stephenson each hit a two-run home run, and the Cincinnati Reds blew past the Colorado Rockies 13-3 on Monday night.

The 13 points were a season high for the Reds, who have won seven of their last 10 games after starting the season 20-30.

Despite entering the matchup ranked 29th among the 30 MLB teams in batting average and hits, Cincinnati had its way with the Rockies’ pitchers, racking up 18 hits, with each of the nine players in the starting lineup getting at least one hit. The 18 hits tied for the most Colorado has allowed in a game this season.

“Don’t get the Reds hot, man,” Candelario said. “We’re doing a really good job at the moment putting the ball in play and getting quality ABs. When people are in scoring position, we drive them in. We are doing very well doing the run-in. It’s consistent.’

Jonathan India and Spencer Steer each scored three goals for the Reds, although India’s career-high six-game walk streak was snapped.

Candelario hit two extra-base hits, with his seventh home run of the season and his team-leading 14th double.

“When you get reps and you know you can hit, it will come, my man,” Candelario said. “It’s coming. It will be better. We just have to keep working hard.”

Steer has eight hits in 14 at-bats in his past three games. Stephenson’s home run in the ninth inning was his sixth of the season.

Andrew Abbott (4-5) earned his third win in five starts, giving up three earned runs and striking out six in six innings.

“I think it’s going to take some getting used to this margin,” Reds manager David Bell said. “It’s very different from pitching anywhere else. He made some really nice adjustments, both on his own and with (pitching coach Derek Johnson) helping him. He finished very strong. To do that at any time, but especially here, was a really great start.

Colorado’s Brendan Rodgers hit a solo home run in the third inning, his second home run in the past five games after going 29 straight games without hitting one. Brenton Doyle added three hits for the Rockies.

Ryan Feltner (1-5) took the loss for Colorado, allowing 10 hits and a season-worst eight earned runs in 4 1/3 innings. Over his past two starts, the 27-year-old right-hander has allowed 13 earned runs in just 8 2/3 innings. Monday marked his fourteenth straight appearance at Coors Field without a win, a drought that stretches back to August 2022.

“I have to think of a better way to get out of here,” Feltner said. “It’s something I don’t like to talk about. I don’t want to say, ‘Poor me, I’m pitching at Coors Field.’ But I have to come up with a better plan here.

Reds: Bell said RHP Emilio Pagán (right triceps tightness), who is eligible to return from the 15-day injured list on Tuesday, may not return for a few more days.

Rockies: Recalled RHP Angel Chivilli from Double-A Hartford. … Optioned RHP Peter Lambert to Triple-A Albuquerque.

RHP Frankie Montas (2-4, 4.60 ERA) takes the mound for Cincinnati on Tuesday against LHP Ty Blach (2-2, 4.15).

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