Sep 8, 2010 2:33 AM
DENVER (AP) - Carlos Gonzalez hit a three-run homer, Jhoulys Chacin pitched six strong innings and the rolling Colorado Rockies beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-3 on Tuesday night for their fifth consecutive win.
Gonzalez's homer in the opening inning was his 32nd of the season and gave him 100 RBIs. He's in prime position to challenge for the NL Triple Crown, leading in average (.340), taking over the
top spot in RBIs and vaulting into a third-place tie with Joey Votto and Mark Reynolds in homers.
Led by Gonzalez, the Rockies have climbed back into the thick of the wild card race. They're now 4½ games behind Atlanta.
Cincinnati dropped its third straight, but still maintained a six-game lead over St. Louis, which lost to Milwaukee 4-2.
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