- Associated Press - Friday, June 3, 2016

DENVER (AP) - Opposing teams are swinging the bat with a vengeance at hitter friendly Coors Field and the Colorado Rockies are struggling to keep up.

Eugenio Suarez homered twice in a game for the first time in his career, Alfredo Simon pitched seven effective innings for his first win in nearly a month, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the Rockies 11-4 on Thursday night.

Zack Cozart and Adam Duvall also homered for the Reds, who almost doubled their total of road wins this season (7) by taking three of four in the series. Jay Bruce tripled and doubled to drive in two runs for Cincinnati.

Nolan Arenado, Carlos Gonzalez and Trevor Story homered for the Rockies, who finished a 2-5 homestand, their lone shining moment in the Reds’ series coming in a 17-4 victory Tuesday when they clubbed a franchise-tying seven homers in a game.

“It’s a crazy game,” Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. “It’s the same lineup virtually that scored 17 runs the other night. We didn’t change our approach or anything like that. We just didn’t put it together. We haven’t pitched very well at home and the offense has been inconsistent. We just haven’t put it together at home for whatever reason.”

The Reds, meanwhile, won consecutive road games for the first time this season and finished with 12 homers during their stay in Colorado, the most since they hit 15 homers in a 3-game series at the Phillies in September 1999.

Suarez triggered the Reds’ six-run fifth inning with his first homer, a three-run shot on the first pitch from Chad Qualls, who had relieved Eddie Butler (2-3). Suarez added a solo drive off reliever Gonzalez Germen in the sixth for his fourth RBI, tying a career best.

Butler went 4-plus innings and allowed eight runs and 11 hits, including homers by Cozart in the third and Duvall in the fourth.

Butler faced four batters in the fifth without getting an out, walking Joey Votto and allowing a run-scoring double by Bruce and an RBI single by Duvall before being relieved by Qualls.

“I just didn’t make good pitches, and when I did, they found a way to hit it,” Butler said. “They hit every mistake I threw.”

The Rockies fell to 10-15 at home on the season.

“It’s just bad,” Carlos Gonzalez said. “It’s that simple. We have to start playing better at home. We’ve got to continue to play well on the road, but if we want to get somewhere, we’ve got to play well at home That’s the bottom line.”

Simon (2-5) allowed four runs and five hits, withstanding back-to-back homers by Gonzalez and Arenado to earn his first win since beating Milwaukee on May 5. Gonzalez has homered in six of his last eight games and Arenado connected for his 17th of the season, tops in the National League.

Simon was ejected from his last start Saturday against Milwaukee before he had a chance at a decision after hitting an opposing player with a pitch. After Simon plunked Mark Reynolds leading off the seventh this time, Story drove a 1-2 offering into the bleachers in left field for his 15th homer of the season.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rockies: LHP Boone Logan (left shoulder inflammation) threw 20 pitches in a bullpen session. He is scheduled to throw one inning Saturday on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Albuquerque. … C Nick Hundley (strained left oblique) was scheduled to catch seven innings in the first game of a doubleheader and be the DH in the second game for Albuquerque. … C Tony Wolters was lifted a pinch hitter in the fifth inning because of a dizzy spell. He was to be evaluated for a possible concussion.

UP NEXT

Rockies: LHP Chris Rusin (1-3), who has appeared in relief and in the rotation, will be looking for his first win as a starter this season when he takes the mound Friday night at San Diego.

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