CINCINNATI — Scott Rolen used to go to Cincinnati Reds games when he was growing up in Indiana. On Saturday, he got to pull on the uniform himself.
Rolen was in the starting lineup against the Colorado Rockies just one day after the Reds acquired him from the Blue Jays in a swap of third basemen. He went 0-for-4 in a 6-2 Reds loss.
"I'm thrilled to be here," Rolen said. "I'm a Midwestern guy. This is a spot I wanted to get back to, and I want to be here a while.
"I always wanted to finish at home and get back to this country."
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Rolen, 34, grew up in Evansville, Ind. A five-time All-Star, he was the 1997 NL Rookie of the Year with Philadelphia and helped St. Louis win the 2006 World Series.
"It's not often you add a guy with Gold Gloves, All-Star games and World Series — and a guy who's hitting .320," Reds Manager Dusty Baker said. "I'm sure there'll be a short period of adjustment with changing (leagues) again. I'll tell you one thing — he's a big guy, but he's also especially agile. He's one of the most accurate guys I've seen."
Cincinnati sent Edwin Encarnacion, reliever Josh Roenicke and minor-league pitcher Zach Stewart to Toronto, which included cash to cover part of Rolen's salary.
The 6-foot-4, 250-pound slugger has one more year left on an eight-year, $90 million deal he signed with St. Louis.
"I'm just going to go about my business and try to be the best that I can be," said Rolen, who batted .320 with eight homers and 43 RBI in 88 games with Toronto. "I'm not a screamer or a yeller, and if I tried to do that, I wouldn't be genuine to my personality."
But Rolen being in the lineup wasn't enough to prevent the Reds' fifth straight loss.
Ubaldo Jimenez turned in his longest outing in more than a month and Seth Smith homered for the Rockies, who won their third consecutive game following a three-game losing streak.
After allowing a run in each of his first two innings, Jimenez (8-9) settled down and strung together six shutout innings before turning the game over to the bullpen. He finished with five hits and two runs with eight strikeouts.
The stint was Jimenez's longest since he threw his only complete game of the season in a 6-4 win over Seattle on June 12. He hadn't gone more than seven innings in any of his next eight starts.
Left-hander Joe Beimel, acquired from Washington just before Friday's non-waiver trade deadline, pitched the ninth for Colorado.
Cincinnati took a 1-0 lead on Joey Votto's RBI groundout. Jonny Gomes made it 2-0 with a solo home run to left field, his 11th of the season.
Colorado wiped that out with a three-run fourth. Ian Stewart drove in two runs with a bases-loaded single, and Carlos Gonzalez gave the Rockies a 3-2 lead with a sacrifice fly.
Smith hit a solo home run to right with one out in the fifth, his ninth homer of the season and first since July 16 at San Diego. Colorado added a run in the sixth when Brad Hawpe led off with a single and scored all the way from first on Troy Tulowitzki's line drive on a hit-and run that sailed through the spot just vacated by the second baseman Brandon Phillips.
Cincinnati starter Homer Bailey (2-3) gave up five runs in 51⁄3 innings. He allowed seven hits and two walks while throwing 100 pitches. He struck out four.
"He threw good early, but then he had that one bad inning," Baker said. "He made just a couple of mistakes — the home run and the pitch to Stewart with the bases loaded. He's still learning."
Volquez will have surgery
Reds right-hander Edinson Volquez is scheduled to undergo elbow surgery Monday and will miss the rest of the season.
It was not immediately clear if he will have a ligament-replacement procedure, known as Tommy John surgery.
On the disabled list since June 2, Volquez could throw only 20 pitches of a simulated game scheduled for 80 on Friday before complaining of tightness in a muscle.
"I feel bad because I've been working at it for the past two months," Volquez told MLB.com. "I threw five bullpens and I didn't feel anything. Then I get to the mound and see some hitters and I try to do a little bit more than I did in the bullpen."
Volquez (4-2) made nine starts in his second season with the Reds.