05/25/2012 - Cincinnati, OH (Sportsbook Betting Lines) - Todd Helton went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI to lead the Colorado Rockies to a 6-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds in the first of a three-game set at Great American Ball Park.
Jordan Pacheco had an RBI double and Troy Tulowitzki had three hits, drove in a run and scored a pair for the Rockies, winners in two straight since dropping six in a row.
Christian Friedrich (2-1) allowed three runs on seven hits over five frames. He also struck out six and walked just one.
Rafael Betancourt picked up his eighth save of the season after throwing a perfect ninth.
Todd Frazier drove in a pair of runs and Ryan Ludwick had an RBI double for the Reds, who had a six-game winning streak halted. Joey Votto went 4-for-4 with two doubles.
Johnny Cueto (5-2) was pegged with the loss after giving up five runs on 11 hits over 4 2/3.
The Rockies went ahead 2-0 in the second when Helton hit a two-run homer. Tulowitzki opened the frame with a double before Helton belted his fifth home run of the year.
Colorado tacked on a run in the fourth to take a 3-0 lead. Wilin Rosario hit a ground-rule double, moved to third when Friedrich singled before scoring on Eric Young's bloop single to center.
The Reds used a three-run rally in the bottom of the frame to knot it up at 3-3. Votto and Brandon Phillips hit back-to-back singles. Ludwick doubled two hitters later to plate Votto. Frazier followed with a double of his own to score Ludwick and Phillips.
But the Rockies added two in the fifth to go ahead once again. Carlos Gonzalez doubled to open the inning and Tulowitzki singled to put runners on the corners. A Helton single scored Gonzalez. Pacheco added an RBI double with two outs.
The Reds put runners on second and third with two outs in the seventh but former-Reds pitcher Matt Belisle was able to strike out Phillips to end the threat.
A Tulowitzki single in the ninth scored Gonzalez to put Colorado up 6-3.
Colorado's Michael Cuddyer was a late scratch with neck stiffness...The Rockies won back-to-back games for just the fourth time this season...Friedrich picked up his first career hit...Pacheco extended his hitting streak to 10 games...Colorado has scored 20 runs in last three games...Prior to the game, the Rockies placed catcher Ramon Hernandez on the 15-day disabled list and selected the contract of Wil Nieves from Triple-A Colorado Springs...Votto had four hits for the third time this season.
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Chicago, IL - New Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and star linebacker Brian Urlacher shot down reports of a rift, saying they're simply not true.
"There's nothing between us," Cutler said Thursday, when he reported to training camp. "I just want to put that to rest. There never has been anything between us."
Urlacher added: "I never said what I was quoted as saying and that's it. I have a lot of respect for Jay. I think Jay knows that."
Former Bears receiver Bobby Wade caused a stir when he told Minneapolis radio station KFAN-AM that Urlacher used a profanity while questioning Cutler's manhood during a conversation in Las Vegas last weekend. Wade, who now plays for the Vikings, said Urlacher used a profane version of the word "wimp" during the interview that had to be edited out.
go radio station WSCR-AM also reported that Urlacher had to be restrained from confronting Cutler during organized team activities.
"I wouldn't go face-to-face with Brian, anyway," Cutler said. "No, that's never happened. I've hung out with Brian away from the facility numerous times and we've always gotten along."
Urlacher, noting he was limited by a groin injury, denied the reports in an interview with the Chicago Tribune and did it again when he reported to camp.
"I didn't practice this summer, so I don't know how I would fight the guy if I didn't practice," Urlacher said. "We have no problems. I'm excited about football starting. I'm excited to have him as our quarterback."
Why would Wade say that?
"I don't know," Urlacher said. "Maybe he's jealous because we have a good quarterback now."
Cutler said the first he heard of any friction was when he got a call from Urlacher to clear the air. Urlacher, however, said he had already taken several calls from teammates wondering if the reports were true when Cutler phoned.
"He called me and I said, What's up (expletive), what are you doing?'" a grinning Urlacher said, uttering the same word he allegedly used with Wade. "It's so dumb to me that this even got to this point, but it did and then here we are."
better place after going 9-7 and missing the playoffs for the second straight year. They have a franchise quarterback for the first time in decades after acquiring Cutler in an offseason trade with Denver. But there are questions about his attitude following a fallout with Broncos management and new coach Josh McDaniels.
His critics include former Bears coach Mike Ditka and former Indianapolis and Tampa Bay coach Tony Dungy, one of Smith's mentors. Smith, however, said Cutler has been a model teammate so far while denying any animosity with Urlacher.
"There's no issue with Jay and Brian, except Brian and Jay are both excited about being teammates for our club this year," coach Lovie Smith said. "No more than that. We can't spend a whole lot of time on something that isn't true. I have talked to the players. Whenever something comes out, you have to address it, but it's a non-issue."
In some ways, Cutler is getting a second chance in Chicago, an opportunity to repair his reputation.
Smith said another quarterback - Michael Vick - deserves one, although he doesn't see it happening with the Bears, who lack an experienced backup. The former Atlanta Falcons star, who served a 23-month sentence for running a dogfighting ring, said Thursday he is getting close to signing with a pro football team.
"A second chance, like everyone in society who has paid their debt to society," Smith said. "He deserves a second chance. As far as we're concerned, we like this team that we have right now."
Particularly the new quarterback.
"Me and Brian have been on a good relationship since I've been here, and I expect it to continue that way," Cutler said.
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