The Colorado Rockies (37-61) were the latest victims of one of the hottest teams in baseball, as the visiting Cincinnati Reds (59-40) shut them out 3-0 last night. The Reds lead the NL Central division, and last night’s victory was their eight in a row. Game 2 of the three-game series is tonight at 6:10 at Coors Field (TV: Root Sports).

Rockies starter Drew Pomeranz got through the first three innings unscathed before giving up two runs in the fourth on Ryan Ludwick’s double and Todd Frazier’s sacrifice fly.

“Unfortunately we couldn’t do anything offensively tonight,” Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. “I feel like we pitched well enough to win.”

Pomeranz (1-6) was pulled with one out in the sixth after consecutive singles. Adam Ottavino tossed two wild pitches, the first of which allowed the Reds to advance their runners to second and third, and the second gave Ludwick an easy path home from third.

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The Rockies didn’t get a man on base until the fourth inning when Carlos Gonzalez singled with two outs off Reds starter Bronson Arroyo. Michael Cuddyer followed with a groundout to shortstop. Arroyo (6-6) was dominant in 6 2/3 innings, scattering six hits and striking out three.

Marco Scutaro — who was traded to the Giants after the game — smacked a one-out double in the eighth inning but Gonzalez and Cuddyer each followed with groundouts.

Reds closer Aroldis Chapman struck out the side in the ninth inning to earn his 20th save of the season. It was the fourth time the Rockies have been shut out at home.

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