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Ohka drives in four, earns win as Brewers sweep Rockies

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MILWAUKEE -- Tomo Ohka told Ned Yost he was planning to hit left-handed for the first time.

"I thought, `Man, as bad as you're swinging, just do whatever you want,"' the Milwaukee manager said. "Four RBI later, he had a nice day."

Ohka drove in a career-high four runs and Prince Fielder hit a three-run homer as Milwaukee beat Colorado 12-6 Thursday and extended the Rockies' losing streak to six.

"It's just one game," Ohka said. "But I'm going to keep doing that."

Ohka (4-3), a right-handed pitcher, drove in runs in his three plate appearances. After swinging for the fences on the first pitch of his first at-bat and doing a pirouette, he hit the mitt of catcher Danny Ardoin on his next swing, and Geoff Jenkins scored on the catcher's interference.

"I was so glad he hit the catcher's glove his first time up," Yost said. "I was just hoping that he wouldn't hit the ball because I figured he'd hit into a double play, so I was just actually just hoping he would strike out there."

Ohka, who has been tinkering with swinging left-handed in batting practice, had a two-run single in the third, a slow roller on an 0-2 count that got past shortstop Clint Barmes and put the Brewers ahead 7-0. Ohka added an RBI single to center in the fifth for an 8-3 lead.

Hitting right-handed, Ohka is a .130 batter in his career (30-for-230) with 11 RBI. He raised his batting average on the season from .087 to .160.

"I just tried to hit it up the middle," Ohka said.

Rockies manager Clint Hurdle praised Ohka's effort to make himself more comfortable at the plate.

"Give him a little credit," Hurdle said. "He's doing it for a reason: He thinks he's better."

Dating to his previous start, Ohka retired 21 straight batters before Jamey Carroll's single starting the fourth. Ohka wound up allowing six runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings. He gave up Todd Helton's two-run homer in the fourth, Fogg's RBI double in the fifth and Brad Hawpe's three-run homer in the sixth.

"It was my best day for my swinging, but not for the pitching," Ohka said.

Fogg (9-8), pitching on seven days' rest, gave up eight runs, eight hits and two walks in 4 2/3 innings and hit two batters.

"We need better performances than I gave," he said.

Bill Hall homered and Gabe Gross hit a two-run double as Milwaukee took a 4-0 lead in the second. Fielder homered in the seventh against Manuel Corpas following pinch-hitter Brady Clark's RBI single.

"It's not the runs you get early, but it's the runs you get late," Fielder said. "You want to get that one extra one or two extra ones to take the momentum and the fight out of the other team."

Milwaukee finished the homestand 5-2 with its first sweep in more than two months.

"For us to get going, we needed a sweep somewhere. Two out of three is great, but you don't really make up much ground," Yost said. "The sweep is huge."

It was the fourth time Colorado lost six or more games in a winless trip after an 0-7 slide in 1999 and 0-6 trips in 2004 and 2005. The Rockies, in the NL West cellar, are a season-worst nine games under .500 at 59-68.

"When we get back home we have to find a way to win some games," Hawpe said. "There's still a lot of baseball to be played."

Notes

  • Brewers C Damian Miller (concussion symptoms) after the fifth inning. The team said he was injured when hit by a foul ball.
  • Brewers 3B David Bell stopped an 0-for-16 streak with a double in the second.
  • Ohka never had three RBI in a season before.
  • Brewers P Jeff Juden drove in four runs against Cincinnati on May 5, 1998.
 
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Players of the Game
Colorado

B. Hawpe
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
Milwaukee

P. Fielder
AB 5
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Colorado Rockies
Jamey Carroll, 2B-SS5110002 .291
Todd Helton, 1B4122000 .295
Garrett Atkins, 3B4110101 .305
Matt Holliday, LF4110013 .327
Brad Hawpe, RF4113003 .293
Ryan Spilborghs, CF4010020 .274
Clint Barmes, SS4000010 .229
    Brian Fuentes, P0000000 .000
Danny Ardoin, C4110012 .193
Josh Fogg, P2011010 .073
    Tom Martin, P0000000 .000
   a- Kaz Matsui, PH1010000 .209
    Manuel Corpas, P0000000 .000
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
    Luis Gonzalez, 2B1000000 .241
Totals3761061611 
a-singled for Martin in the 7th
Batting
2B - Todd Helton (29, Helling), Garrett Atkins (39, Ohka), Josh Fogg (1, Ohka)
HR - Todd Helton (13, Ohka), Brad Hawpe (18, Ohka)
RBI - Todd Helton 2 (61), Brad Hawpe 3 (60), Josh Fogg (2)
2-OUT RBI - Josh Fogg (2)
SB - Ryan Spilborghs (2, 2nd base off Capellan/Rivera)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Danny Ardoin (3, )
Colorado Rockies
Josh Fogg (L,9-8) 4.2887231 4.91
Tom Martin 1.1100120 4.15
Manuel Corpas 0.1222010 3.45
Jeremy Affeldt 0.2222001 5.60
Brian Fuentes 1000010 3.16
IBB - D. Miller by Josh Fogg, by Jenkins
HBP - D. Miller (by Josh Fogg), Jenkins (by Josh Fogg), Jenkins (by Brian Fuentes)
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Fogg 91-55, Tom Martin 27-16, Manuel Corpas 13-7, Jeremy Affeldt 10-7, Brian Fuentes 11-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Fogg 7-4, Tom Martin 1-1, Jeremy Affeldt 2-0
Batters Faced - Josh Fogg 27, Tom Martin 6, Manuel Corpas 3, Jeremy Affeldt 4, Brian Fuentes 4
Milwaukee Brewers
Gabe Gross, LF4022001 .270
   a- Brady Clark, PH-LF1111000 .270
Tony Graffanino, 2B5100018 .283
Prince Fielder, 1B5113012 .282
Bill Hall, SS4221100 .271
Laynce Nix, CF5000022 .125
Geoff Jenkins, RF2310101 .251
David Bell, 3B5221011 .269
Damian Miller, C1100111 .252
    Mike Rivera, C2110011 .297
Tomo Ohka, P2024000 .160
    Jose Capellan, P0000000 .000
    Brian Shouse, P0000000 .000
   b- Jeff Cirillo, PH1010000 .330
    Dan Kolb, P0000000 .000
    Rick Helling, P0000000 .000
Totals371213123717 
a-singled for Gross in the 7th
b-singled for Shouse in the 7th
Batting
2B - Gabe Gross 2 (13, Fogg, Martin), Bill Hall (31, Fogg), David Bell (20, Fogg), Mike Rivera (1, Corpas)
HR - Prince Fielder (23, Affeldt), Bill Hall (28, Fogg)
RBI - Gabe Gross 2 (36), Brady Clark (27), Prince Fielder 3 (66), Bill Hall (67), David Bell (44), Tomo Ohka 4 (6)
2-OUT RBI - Prince Fielder 3 (30), Tomo Ohka (1)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Graffanino-Hall-Fielder
E - David Bell (17, )
Milwaukee Brewers
Tomo Ohka (W,4-3) 5.1766032 4.42
Jose Capellan (H,15) 1.1200130 3.79
Brian Shouse (H,14) 0.1000000 2.18
Dan Kolb 1000000 4.32
Rick Helling 1100000 4.25
HBP - Helton (by Jose Capellan)
WP - Tomo Ohka (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Tomo Ohka 103-68, Jose Capellan 37-24, Brian Shouse 3-2, Dan Kolb 11-7, Rick Helling 15-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tomo Ohka 4-9, Jose Capellan 1-0, Dan Kolb 3-0
Batters Faced - Tomo Ohka 23, Jose Capellan 8, Brian Shouse 1, Dan Kolb 3, Rick Helling 4
Game Information
Attendance - 35484
Game Time - 3:06
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Jerry Meals, First Base - Jeff Kellogg, Second Base - Andy Fletcher, Third Base - Mike Reilly