CINCINNATI (AP) — Will Benson hit a three-run home run in a five-run second inning, rookie Rece Hinds hit a shot from 458 feet and the Cincinnati Reds defeated the Colorado Rockies 12-6 on Tuesday night.

The 23-year-old Hinds hit his second long home run in as many nights. He hit a 421-foot shot in his major league debut Monday before teeing off Colorado reliever Justin Lawrence as part of a four-run Cincinnati seventh.

On Tuesday, he fell one hit short of completing the cycle, but he did become the first player in Major League history to collect five extra-base hits in his first two games.

“I didn’t know that,” Hinds said. “I know I did some pretty cool stuff. I try not to look at the board.”

Tyler Stephenson and Spencer Steer also hit home runs to give the Reds their second straight night of beating the Rockies after being swept in a series by the Detroit Tigers last week.

“I’ve known him for a long time in the minor leagues,” Stephenson said of Hinds, a second-round draft pick in 2019. “And the power is real. I’ve never seen many balls go where he went tonight. And the hardness he hits the ball. It’s impressive.”

Colorado starter Cal Quantrill (6-7) struck out the first inning, but things went wrong for him in the second inning, starting with Stephenson’s 421-foot shot to the second deck in left field.

“Cal got to 3-0 off Stephenson. He hit a solo home run (and) it’s 1-0,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “Then the walk and the hit-batter, and it went down from there.”

The Rockies scored four with two outs in the fourth inning behind a two-out solo homer by Brenton Doyle and a two-run homer by Michael Toglia. Doyle homered again in the eighth, but the Reds were already comfortably ahead.

Reds starter Nick Lodolo, in his first appearance since going on the injured list June 24 with a blister on his pitching hand, allowed four runs and five hits in 3 2/3 innings. Nick Martinez (3-5), the first in a series of six Cincinnati relievers, was credited with the win.


Rockies: RHP Germán Márquez, who underwent Tommy John surgery last spring, is currently rehabbing at Double-A Harford and could join the Rockies after the All-Star break.

Reds: 2B Jonathan India suffered a contusion on his left knee.


Reds RHP Hunter Greene was named to the National League All-Star team on Tuesday. … Cincinnati added OF Austin Slater, acquired in a trade with the San Francisco Giants on Monday, to the active roster, and returned RHP Yosver Zulueta and INF Livan Soto to Triple-A Louisville.


Rockies left-handed pitcher Kyle Freeland (0-3, 6.62 ERA) is the scheduled starter against Reds right-handed pitcher Frankie Montas (4-6, 4.19) as the four-game series continues Wednesday night.



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