Greg Reynolds gave the Reds a quality start on Saturday at Coors Field for his first win since 2011 as the Reds won 8-3 over Colorado.
Reynolds (1-2) last win also came at Coors Field on July 2 when he was a member of the Rockies. Saturday's performance was his longest outing of his career lasting eight innings with five strikeouts.
Another story line was Brandon Phillips attempt at Reds history. Instead Phillips finished a single short of the cycle and will have to wait another day before reaching the 100 RBI plateau. He was trying to become the first Red to hit for the cycle since Eric Davis did so in 1989.
He got the scoring started in his first at bat when he tripled home Shin-Soo Choo. He scored on a groundball by Joey Votto to give Cincinnati (76-60) a 2-0 lead. Phillips crossed the home run in the third inning when he drove a ball into the Rockies (64-73) bullpen.
That bullpen would be active in the fifth inning as Juan Nicasio (8-7) was chased after loading the bases with one out. Wilton Lopez came on and was called for a balk to score one of the runs. Lopez then gave up a two-run single by Ryan Ludwick to make it 6-0.
Colorado finally got to Reynolds in the fifth when Jordan Pacheco doubled in a run. With Pacheco standing on second Reynolds fanned Corey Dickerson to end the threat.
Reynolds helped himself in the sixth when he doubled and then scored on a single by Votto after Phillips struck out with runners on the corners. Cincinnati got one more in the eighth when Choo doubled in Zack Cozart. Phillips in his final at bat grounded out to third.
Colorado scored two on a homer by Dickerson in the bottom of the eighth to cut the lead to 8-3. Sam LeCure came on and pitched a scoreless ninth to secure the victory.
With the win the Reds keep pace with the now first place Pittsburgh Pirates (79-56) and picked up a game on St. Louis (78-57). Earlier in the evening the Pirates knocked off the Cardinals 7-1 as the Pirates go for the sweep on Sunday. The win also keeps the Reds six games ahead of Arizona (69-65) for the final wild card spot.
Cincinnati will go for the season series split on Sunday as Tyler Chatwood (7-4) will face Mike Leake (11-5).