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COL@SD: Lyles strikes out four over 5 1/3 innings

Nobody likes a day-night doubleheader on a getaway day, but the Reds and Rockies will have no choice after a water main break near Coors Field forced the postponement of Saturday's game.

Although the Rockies are sticking with their scheduled starters, the Reds shuffled their two probable pitchers.

Sunday's original starter, Reds right-hander Mat Latos, will take the ball in Game 1, facing off against Rockies right-hander Jordan Lyles, who was scheduled to go Saturday. That game will take place at its originally scheduled time of 4:10 pm ET.

Lyles beat the Reds in his first career start against Cincinnati earlier this year, striking out eight over six innings with just four hits and two runs allowed. Latos has won five of his eight career starts against the Rockies and holds a 3.21 ERA in five career games at Coors Field.

After placing right-hander Homer Bailey on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right elbow Saturday, the Reds recalled right-hander Dylan Axelrod to make his team debut in his place Saturday. Instead, he'll now being going in Game 2 on Sunday, facing off against Rockies left-hander Yohan Flande at 9:10 pm ET.

Axelrod's last Major League start came Sept. 25 of last season with the White Sox. He gave up five runs (three earned) over 5 2/3 innings, surrendering eight hits to the Indians compared with just one strikeout. In 198 career innings pitched, Axelrod holds a 5.36 ERA.

Seven starts into his Major League career, Flande is still searching for his first victory. In total, he's only received 14 runs of support but has also given up at least four runs in four of his starts this season.

Rockies first baseman Justin Morneau was a late scratch from Saturday's game with a stiff neck before it was postponed so he should be considered questionable for Sunday. Likewise, Rockies second baseman DJ LeMahieu is dealing with a sore ankle and was being given a rest day Saturday before the postponement.

Reds: Cincinnati struggling to close out tight games
One has to wonder where the Reds would be if it wasn't for their one-run losses.

Although the Reds edged out the Rockies for a 3-2 win on Friday, Cincinnati still leads the Majors in one-run losses, with a 18-28 record in games decided by that margin.

"As many one-run games as we've played, you can look at it two ways," manager Bryan Price said. "You can look at it that we found a way to just come up short [28] times or we can say we're good enough to maybe be an ingredient or just a sense of confidence away from being able to reel off a real winning streak, which has been somewhat elusive for us."

The Reds are currently fourth the National League Central with a record of 61-61. They'll need that aforementioned winning streak to get over the hump and get back in the Wild Card race. St. Louis, Pittsburgh, San Francisco and Atlanta are all ahead of the Reds.

Rockies: Todd Helton to have jersey retired Sunday
After spending 17 years as the face of the Rockies' franchise, first baseman Todd Helton will have his No. 17 jersey retired before Game 1 of Sunday's doubleheader.

The ceremony will take place at 1:30 pm MT and the first 15,000 fans to Coors Field will receive a Todd Helton "Retire 17" commemorative bobblehead gnome. Helton will be the first player in franchise history to receive the honor of having his jersey retired.

Helton is the Rockies' all-time leader in games played (2,519), homers (369), RBIs (1,406), hits (2,519), runs (1,401), singles (1,521), doubles (592) and walks (1,335). He retired last season, ending a career that included three Gold Gloves, four Silver Sluggers and five All-Star Game berths.

Worth noting
• The Rockies activated Michael Cuddyer (fractured left shoulder) from the 60-day disabled list Saturday. To make room for him on the roster, the Rockies optioned first baseman Ben Paulsen to Triple-A Colorado Springs and transferred left-hander Brett Anderson (back surgery) to the 60-day DL.

• The Rockies placed right-hander Tommy Kahnle on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with right shoulder inflammation. In a corresponding move, the team recalled right-hander Brooks Brown from Triple-A Colorado Springs. Comments