Hamilton's presence on the bases rattled the Rockies in a game Cueto pitched eight scoreless innings and Todd Frazier hit his 100th career homer to lead the Cincinnati Reds to a 5-2 win Saturday night.
Colorado fretted about Hamilton, the major league leader in stolen bases, all night. They had to.
Hamilton had three hits, scored twice and was at the center of two pivotal replay reviews that went the Reds' way and also helped send them to a win.
"He's got game-changing speed," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "When he gets on, it's something you've got to pay attention to. It's crazy speed, faster than fast. He gets on, it becomes an issue for you."
While Hamilton wreaked havoc on the basepaths, Cueto put on a dominating display in hitter-friendly Coors Field, limiting the power-hitting Rockies' lineup to four singles before being lifted for a pinch-hitter in the ninth. He struck out five and walked one.
"He's one of the best pitchers in the business, one of the best I've faced this year," Rockies slugger Carlos Gonzalez said. "He's one of those guys that you won't feel very comfortable (facing) at the plate because if you try to do too much he's really smart and he will get you out quick."
Chris Rusin (3-4) allowed five runs and 10 hits in five innings.
The Reds batted around in the third to take a 4-0 lead behind Joey Votto's RBI single and the three-run shot by Frazier — the winner of the home run derby during All Star game festivities at his home park. It was Frazier's 27th of the season.
Hamilton triggered the big inning when he singled to lead off the third. Initially called out, a reply review showed he beat the ball to the bag.
In the fifth, he manufactured another run, singling up the middle and then flashing his speed on the bases. Rusin threw to first in an attempted pickoff but Hamilton was already headed to second, forcing a hurried and errant throw by first baseman Ben Paulsen that went into the outfield, allowing Hamilton to advance to third.
He scored on Votto's groundout after initially being called out at home. The Reds challenged and the replay showed Hamilton got in ahead of the tag.
"You've always got to keep your eye on him," Rusin said. "You have to put half your attention on him on the basepaths because you want to keep him at first. You don't want him to get into scoring position, but you can't put all your attention on him. You've got to be able to think about the runner and think about the batter."
Rockies: RHP Christian Bergman pitched a simulated game (35 pitches) Saturday in the latest step toward returning from right shoulder inflammation that landed him on the DL late last month. He's slated to pitch a simulated game (45 pitches) Tuesday for Triple A Albuquerque as part of a minor league rehab assignment. ... Nolan Arenado was lifted for pinch-hitter McKenry in the ninth after being hit by a pitch on the top of his left hand in the seventh inning. X-rays were negative and a team spokesman said Arenado was day to day with a hand contusion.
Rockies pitcher Eddie Butler made the blooper reels when he stumbled and fell twice rounding third base before being easily tagged out near home plate in Colorado's 6-5 win over the Reds on Friday. He arrived at the ballpark Saturday to find that the grounds crew jokingly chalked out two fallen figures in the spots where he had stumbled along the third base line. In addition, a fallen stick figure drawn with athletic tape and embossed with his number was etched into the clubhouse runway. "You know what, that might make him famous," Rockies manager Walt Weiss quipped. "He'll be on a lot of highlights."
Reds: Rookie RHP Michael Lorenzen (3-4) beat the Rockies the first time he faced them on May 26. He'll try for a repeat of that performance in the series finale.
Rockies: RHP Kyle Kendrick, an offseason free-agent acquisition, makes his 10th start this season at Coors Field, where he has gone 1-5 with a 6.89 ERA.