DENVER (AP) — Phillip Ervin’s big night at the plate started slowly.
Ervin beat out an infield hit on the way to a 6-for-6 performance that tied a franchise record, and the Cincinnati Reds put together five-run outbursts in the sixth and seventh innings, rallying past the Colorado Rockies 17-9 on Saturday in a game delayed more than three hours at the start because of lightning and rain.
Derek Dietrich, Yasiel Puig, and Curt Casale homered for Cincinnati.
“It all started with that broken-bat cheapie,” said Ervin, who also had triple, double and three more singles along with three RBIs. “That’s how crazy baseball can work, you get blown up the first AB and then I made my adjustments and I put everything else on the barrel hard.”
It was the fourth time a Reds player had six hits in a game and the first since Walker Cooper accomplished the feat on July 6, 1949.
“Just a great night offensively for a lot of guys,” Reds manager David Bell said. “You have to start with Phillip’s night, obviously incredible but so many guys.”
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