Pitching struggles ruined any chances of the Colorado Rockies (17-28) winning their third game in a row last night, instead losing to the Cincinnati Reds (26-20) 10-3 in Cincinnati. Colorado starter Jeremy Guthrie gave up six runs on ten hits in five innings. The rubber game of the series is this morning at 11:10 MT at Great American Ball Park (TV: Root Sports).

While the Rockies fell to 17-28 with the loss, there were bright spots. Pacheco extended his hitting streak to 11 games, going 3-4 with two singles and a double. It was his first three-hit game of the season.

“We know this kid is very capable offensively,” Rockies manager Jim Tracy said, “and he showed that tonight.”

Meanwhile, Michael Cuddyer, who missed Friday’s game with a stiff neck, went 0-2 but gunned down Joey Votto on a play at the plate in the seventh inning. Votto was attempting to tag on a fly out by Jay Bruce.

Official: Saturday’s Box Score.

The Rockies, who were seeking their second three-game winning streak of the season, fell to 2-3 on their current road trip and are 8-14 away from Coors Field.

Tickets are available for the Rockies’ next home game, tomorrow at Coors Field vs. the Houston Astros, and can be purchased by calling (800) 388-ROCK, or click here.

[ColoradoRockies.com]