CINCINNATI -- All-Star weekend is still a ways off, but a home run derby erupted in the Queen City on Sunday.
Nine home runs were hit -- five by the Rockies, four by the Reds -- to set a single-game record at Great American Ball Park. The Rockies won the derby, but failed to record a non-homer hit on the day, and the Reds took the game, 7-5, and the series 2-1.
"We've got to pitch better," Colorado manager Jim Tracy said. "It's that simple."
Jamie Moyer, fresh off his shortest outing of the season, yielded round-trippers in each of the first four innings -- none bigger than a three-run shot to Brandon Phillips that gave the Reds a 5-1 lead.
Phillips' home run came after a single by Joey Votto, who hit a 430-foot bomb in the first inning to give the Reds a 1-0 advantage. Votto hit .727 (8-for-11) in the series, with five extra-base hits -- including four doubles -- and his solo shot broke a streak of seven games without an RBI.
The Reds and Rockies combined for nine homers on Sunday, setting the single-game record for Great American Ball Park.
Also homering for the Reds were Jay Bruce, who hit his eleventh of the season, and Todd Frazier, who hit his fifth.
"You've got a day here with this kind of weather, the ball travels real well in this park -- I think the evidence of it is the Frazier home run," Tracy said. "It looked like he had maybe a hand and a half on the bat when he hit it. But what are you going to do? The ball went over the fence."
Said Moyer of Frazier's homer, "That was an interesting swing."
Moyer was coming off of his worst outing of the year -- a 100-pitch effort against Miami, in which he allowed six runs on nine hits in 3 2/3 innings. He has worked at least five innings in eight of nine starts this season, but has now allowed 11 home runs in 53 2/3 innings.
"We've got to pitch better," Moyer said. "When you look at teams that win, their rotation is consistent. We're not putting our bullpen in an ideal situation."
Zack Cozart doubled in Ryan Hanigan with two outs in the fourth to give the Reds their seventh and final run -- and their first non-homer RBI of the game.
"There's nothing we can do about the first four innings of the game," Tracy said. "Six of their seven runs come via the home run. We can't catch those."
The Rockies had five hits -- all solo homers -- off of Reds starter Mat Latos. Troy Tulowitzki hit one in the second inning to tie the game at 1, Carlos Gonzalez followed suit in the fourth, Michael Cuddyer hit one in the fifth and Gonzalez went yard again in the sixth for his third multi-homer game of the season.
Dexter Fowler's pinch-hit homer brought the Rockies to within 7-5 in the eighth inning, but Aroldis Chapman struck out Gonzalez and induced a flyout from Tulowitzki with runners on the corners to end the threat. Chapman pitched a scoreless ninth for his third save of the season.
"In defeat, I can't tell you how proud I am of this ballclub, and the way they stayed after it today," Tracy said. "On a day like today -- 90-degree heat, trailing 7-1 after four -- to send the go-ahead run to the plate in the eighth inning twice, and to send the tying run to the plate in the ninth ... there's absolutely nothing else you can ask of a ballclub."
The Reds had eight hits on the day -- six for extra bases.
"[The Rockies] have a great lineup," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "You've got to outscore and outhit them. You've got to make quality pitches."
Despite allowing five home runs, Latos (4-2) had his longest outing of the season. He worked 7 1/3 innings, struck out three and walked none on 96 pitches. He has now lasted seven-plus innings in back-to-back starts -- this after reaching the seventh just once in his first eight outings in a Reds uniform.
The Rockies, meanwhile, end their road trip with a 2-4 record.
Moyer, asked if he could ever remember a game in which nine homers were hit, said, "I don't recall the offensive side of the game. I don't like to remember that."
Tony Meale is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.