Rockies finally beat Brewers
MILWAUKEE—Colorado scored three runs in a wild fifth-inning sequence featuring two Milwaukee errors, and the Rockies avoided a season sweep to the Brewers with a 10-4 win Sunday.
Wilin Rosario took advantage of the gaffes with runners on first and second. His shot to third was booted by normally sure-handed third baseman Aramis Ramirez.
One run had already scored when the ball squirted into foul territory before shortstop Jeff Bianchi threw home high and offline trying to get Corey Dickerson. Catcher Jonathan Lucroy then threw errantly attempting to get Rosario at third and Rosario hustled home safely for a six-run lead.
Jorge De La Rosa (8-6) got the win despite allowing three wild pitches and hitting one batter. Milwaukee’s Yovani Gallardo (5-5) was tagged for 10 hits in five innings.
The Rockies had jumped on Gallardo for a 5-0 lead through three innings—quite an accomplishment after the right-hander had allowed just three in his previous four starts combined. Colorado snapped a six-game slide to Milwaukee in the clubs’ last meeting of the regular season.
Ryan Braun slugged an opposite-field solo shot into the Rockies bullpen in right for his 11th homer of the year. Braun also doubled in the sixth and scored on one of two wild pitches by De La Rosa in the inning.
Khris Davis’ RBI groundout later in the sixth made it 8-4 when Ramirez scored following a steal of third. Ramirez, 36, stole two bases in a game for the first time in his 17-year career.
It could have been much closer if not for the Milwaukee miscues in the fifth that had the National League’s best team resembling a Little League outfit. Wearing dark sunglasses, manager Ron Roenicke watched calmly in the dugout with arms crossed against his chest after the 220-pound Rosario chugged home.
The Brewers will relish their day off Monday after playing their 20th game in 20 days.
As for Colorado, maybe this victory that will snap the team out of a June funk. The Rockies had lost four straight entering Sunday, as well as 11 of 12.
The NL’s best-hitting team (.283) pounded hard hits and long flyballs off Gallardo. Davis had trouble in the second in left after backpedaling on a long fly by Brandon Barnes before turning awkwardly as the ball bounced off the warning track for a double with a runner on first. Morneau followed with a sacrifice fly for his team-high 58th RBI.
De La Rosa allowed four hits, two walks and four runs in six innings.
NOTES: Dickerson opened the scoring with a two-run double in the first. He left with an apparent left leg injury following a 1-1 count in the eighth after fouling off a pitch. … The Rockies want 3B Nolan Arenado to get about 25 at-bats in a rehab assignment with Triple-A Colorado Springs before returning to the lineup. Arenado has been on the disabled list since May 24 after breaking his left middle finger on a head-first slide into second in Atlanta. He started the rehab assignment Saturday. … Roenicke hoped to get OF Carlos Gomez (neck strain) and SS Jean Segura (left quad) back for the start of a two-day interleague series Tuesday at Toronto. RH Marco Estrada (7-4) is scheduled to get the start. … LHP Yohan Flande (0-0) will make his second career start when Colorado opens a three-game series Monday in Washington.