The Cincinnati Reds lost their ninth game in a row Monday afternoon after Aroldis Chapman gave up the go-ahead run in the ninth inning to the Colorado Rockies.
The Rockies scored early off Reds starter Jason Marquis. Nolan Arenado had a RBI-single in the first inning to give Colorado a 1-0 lead. Todd Frazier answered the run with a two-run blast in the bottom of the inning giving the Reds a 2-1 lead.
The lead didn't last long. Rockies second baseman D.J. LaMahieu pushed Colorado back in front in the second inning with a two-out two-run single. They added a solo home run in the fourth to stretch the lead to 4-2.
The Reds were able to scratch back with a RBI-single by Billy Hamilton in the fourth and a solo-shot by Marlon Byrd in the sixth to tie the game.
Cincinnati's bullpen kept the game tied until the ninth when a lead-off walk to Charlie Blackmon would come back to haunt Chapman. A soft line-drive landed just fair in right field advancing Blackmon to third. Arenado scored Blackmon with a sacrifice fly to center field. The Reds went down 1-2-3 in the ninth, losing 5-4.
"It stinks to play this way and lose as many as we have. This isn't life or death it just feels like it. We're all trying to play the perfect game, but we shouldn't have to play the perfect game to win," said manager Bryan Price.
Marquis went 5.2 innings, giving up four runs (two earned), on 10 hits. His ERA is now 6.46.
Ryan Mattheus, Jumbo Diaz and Tony Cingrani combined for 2.1 scoreless innings.
With the loss, the Reds have dropped to eight games under .500 with a record of 18-26.