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Colorado completes sweep of Reds

CINCINNATI — Colorado turned to an unlikely source to finally get a win in extra innings.

Slumping rookie Dexter Fowler's two-out RBI triple in the 11th inning off of Nick Masset helped Colorado beat the Cincinnati Reds 6-4 on Sunday and complete a three-game sweep.

"I was just looking for a pitch over the plate," said Fowler, who entered the game on defense in the seventh inning and struck out in the ninth. "He throws hard, and I'd never faced him before."

Garrett Atkins added a pinch-hit infield single to help Colorado earn its first win in five extra-inning games this season, all on the road.

The Rockies took advantage of a Cincinnati error while taking a 3-0 in the sixth. With Brad Hawpe on second and Troy Tulowitzki on first, Ian Stewart singled to center to drive in Hawpe with Tulowitzki advancing to third. Tulowitzki scored when shortstop Alex Gonzalez misplayed Laynce Nix's throw back to the infield.

"He probably catches that ball 99 times out of 100," Reds Manager Dusty Baker said. "That was a big run."

The Reds tied the score in the seventh. Brandon Phillips led off with a double up the gap in right-center field and Scott Rolen was hit in the helmet by a pitch. Jonny Gomes flied out to right field, but Nix hit his ninth home run of the season and first in 45 at-bats since July 10 against the Mets.

Rolen was left with just a knot on his head but no other problems after leaving the game.

"I'm pretty good," Rolen said. "I was a little dizzy. It stunned me, but I could still cuss. I'm working on my on-base percentage, but I still haven't touched first base. I haven't met (first base coach) Billy Hatcher yet."

The five-time All-Star is 0-for-6 since being acquired in a trade with Toronto on Friday.

Rolen was hit by Jason Marquis, a former teammate with St. Louis. He never lost consciousness and walked off the field after less than a minute, escorted by Baker and a trainer. Adam Rosales ran for Rolen.

"It was just a stupid pitch that got away," Marquis said. "I was upset."

As he walked off the field, Rolen signaled Marquis that everything was OK, but the pitcher still called over to the Reds clubhouse.

"I just wanted to tell him I wasn't dead," Rolen said. "We talked. We go back a long way. Our families are friends."

Colorado regained the lead on Tulowitzki's 20th homer of the season, an opposite-field solo shot off of left-hander Arthur Rhodes in the eighth, but Joey Votto tied the score with his 17th homer of the season and second of the series.

Chris Iannetta led off the 11th against Masset (4-1) with a single through the hole into left field and reached second on a wild pitch. Two outs later, Fowler lined his triple to deep left-center field.

Fowler, who has started 79 games but had gone 3-for-14 in the first seven games of Colorado's road trip, got the day off on Saturday.

"Fowler is doing a wonderful job in his first full season in the major leagues after not having seen a pitch at Triple A," Manager Jim Tracy said. "You have to understand. On any given day, when your name gets called, you have to be ready."

The Reds got their leadoff runner on base in the 10th, but pinch-hitting pitcher Homer Bailey fouled a two-strike bunt for a strikeout, and Drew Sutton hit into a double play. Bailey pinch-hit because Willy Taveras was not available because of a sore left wrist.

To Baker, it was just more of the same problems that have plagued the Reds for more than a month.

"We fought back, but we didn't get the bunt down and they did," he said.

Marquis allowed two hits over six scoreless innings before giving up Nix's three-run homer in the seventh.

Cincinnati starter Bronson Arroyo left with no-decision after allowing seven hits and three runs with three walks and a strikeout in seven innings.

"We're finding ways to lose all the time," Arroyo said. "It keeps snowballing. We get a lead, and we give it up. We fall behind, and we can't come back. We're definitely sliding downhill. It's got to stop at some point."

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