Rece Hinds homers in MLB debut as Reds blank Rockies

Rece Hinds hit a towering home run in his MLB debut as the Cincinnati Reds blanked the visiting Colorado Rockies 6-0 on Monday night.Elly De La Cruz went 2-for-3 with an RBI double one day after earning his first career All-Star selection. He also stole two bases and scored twice. Hinds, recalled from Triple-A Louisville with Cincinnati down three outfielders due to injury, also went 2-for-3 batting eighth and crushed a 449-foot solo home run to give the Reds a 3-0 lead in the eighth inning.Left-hander Andrew Abbott (9-6) tossed seven shutout innings as Cincinnati snapped a three-game skid. Abbott allowed just three hits and walked two while striking out eight as only two Rockies reached second base.It was the second time in three days that a Reds starter pitched seven scoreless frames but left with only a two-run lead. On Saturday, the bullpen could not protect the lead as Fernando Cruz and Sam Moll were tagged for five runs in the eighth in a 5-3 loss to then Detroit Tigers.Neither Abbott nor Colorado starter Ryan Feltner (1-8) allowed a hit over the first three innings before Charlie Blackmon opened the fourth with a single off Abbott.Cincinnati broke through in Monday’s game in the fourth inning against Feltner when De La Cruz and Jeimer Candelario opened with singles. Feltner, charged with two runs – one earned – and four hits over seven innings, then walked Spencer Steer to load the bases with nobody out.