Smith's 2-run single rallies Rockies past Reds

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Seth Smith hit a two-out, two-run single in the ninth inning to give the surging Colorado Rockies a 4-3 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday night.

Colorado won its sixth consecutive game and extended its NL wild-card lead to four over San Francisco, which lost 4-2 to San Diego.

Clint Barmes started the winning rally with a one-out double off All-Star closer Francisco Cordero (2-5). Pinch-hitters Jason Giambi and Ryan Spilborghs then walked before Cordero struck out Carlos Gonzalez to bring Smith to the plate.

Smith fouled off four balls before lining a base hit off second baseman Brandon Phillips to drive in Barmes and pinch-runner Jason Marquis.

Scott Rolen gave Cincinnati a 3-2 lead with a leadoff homer in the ninth.

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