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MILWAUKEE -- Clint Hurdle isn't worried about the road-readiness of his Rockies, regardless of a 1-9 trip two weeks ago. Colorado's performance Friday night showed why.
"It's the best trip I've ever been on where a team went 1-9," said Hurdle, referring to the swing through Toronto, the Chicago Cubs and Houston from June 22 to July 1. "You've got to keep it context.
"We can play on the road, and this club has proven to itself it can win on the road," the Rockies' manager added. "But we've got to do it for a length of time, and in the second half it's going to be big that we take that step forward."
Matt Holliday also homered, and Todd Helton had a two-run double for Colorado, which moved back above .500 (45-44) and won for the sixth time in seven games by scoring twice in the third, three times in the fourth and four times in the fifth.
Ryan Braun had two homers and drove in four runs for Milwaukee (49-40), which has lost six of seven and has seen its lead in the NL Central shrink to 3½ games over the Cubs.
Jeff Francis (9-5) struggled to win his fourth straight decision. He gave up six runs and seven hits in five innings, but hit a key two-run double in the fourth and moved to 8-1 in his last 13 starts.
Francis struck out seven and walked two, and his 39 career victories with the Rockies tie him with Kevin Ritz for No. 3 on the franchise list.
"I don't know how many runs we've scored per game the last two weeks, but I'll tell you what, for pitchers it's great. For the whole team, it's great," said Francis, who called the 1-9 trip "a bump in the road."
"It says a lot about the kind of guys we have in that lineup," Francis said. "It seems like it's a different guy every night scoring a run or hitting a home run."
Capuano lasted just three-plus innings to equal his shortest outing of the season. He gave up five runs and six hits, walking three and striking out three.
Capuano also went three innings against St. Louis on May 2 before leaving with an injury. His last victory came five days later, when he moved to 5-0 to start the season. But in his last nine starts, Capuano is 0-6 with a 7.74 ERA, and spent time on the disabled list with a strained left groin.
"He's definitely struggling right now," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "It's a slump. He's human."
Helton had a two-run double for Colorado in the third, but Braun and Prince Fielder hit back-to-back home runs for the second time in three games in the bottom of the inning to give Milwaukee a 4-2 lead.
Colorado scored three more times in the fourth before adding four runs in the fifth. Garrett Atkins walked with one out, and Tulowitzki homered to right for his 10th of the season and seventh in his last 17 games. Brad Hawpe then walked, and Torrealba homered to deep left to make it 9-5.
"Last year we were very soft at the bottom of the order," Hurdle said. "We have improved from top to bottom, and I felt the bottom would become a bigger factor as we went forward, and it has. Torrealba, he's not a .230 hitter. And Tulowitzki, what he's doing speaks for itself."
Braun's solo homer in the fifth gave him 13 since the Brewers purchased his contract from Triple-A Nashville on May 24. Braun also hit two homers July 6 at Washington, and is hitting .414 (34 for 82) in his last 20 games.
"We don't really care what anybody else things," Hurdle said. "For the doubters, write what you want to write, talk about what you want to talk about. That's what you do. But we know what we need to do, and we know where we need to keep our focus, and that's what we're doing."
|Yorvit Torrealba celebrates his two-run homer in the fifth inning with Brad Hawpe. (AP)|
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|Ryan Spilborghs, CF||4||1||1||1||0||0||0||.326|
|Jamey Carroll, 2B||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.213|
|Matt Herges, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|LaTroy Hawkins, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Jeff Baker, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.228|
|Jeremy Affeldt, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Manuel Corpas, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Matt Holliday, LF||5||1||1||1||0||4||3||.339|
|Todd Helton, 1B||5||0||2||2||0||0||0||.315|
|Garrett Atkins, 3B||4||1||0||0||1||1||2||.255|
|Troy Tulowitzki, SS||4||2||2||2||1||1||1||.288|
|Brad Hawpe, RF||2||2||0||0||3||0||1||.307|
|Yorvit Torrealba, C||4||2||3||2||0||0||2||.270|
|Jeff Francis, P||3||0||1||2||0||2||0||.129|
|Kaz Matsui, 2B||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.311|
|a-fouled out for Hawkins in the 8th|
|2B - Todd Helton (21, Capuano), Jeff Francis (2, Capuano)|
|HR - Matt Holliday (16, Villanueva), Troy Tulowitzki (10, Villanueva), Yorvit Torrealba (5, Villanueva)|
|SF - Ryan Spilborghs (3)|
|RBI - Ryan Spilborghs (28), Matt Holliday (70), Todd Helton 2 (51), Troy Tulowitzki 2 (40), Yorvit Torrealba 2 (26), Jeff Francis 2 (2)|
|2-OUT RBI - Todd Helton 2 (25)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Tulowitzki-Matsui-Helton, Tulowitzki-Helton|
|E - Brad Hawpe (4, Dropped fly), Troy Tulowitzki (6, Misplayed grounder)|
|Jeff Francis (W,9-5)||5||7||6||6||2||7||3||4.15|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Francis 106-63, Matt Herges 9-4, LaTroy Hawkins 17-9, Jeremy Affeldt 12-7, Manuel Corpas 13-5|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Francis 4-5, Matt Herges 2-1, LaTroy Hawkins 2-0, Jeremy Affeldt 2-0, Manuel Corpas 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Jeff Francis 25, Matt Herges 3, LaTroy Hawkins 5, Jeremy Affeldt 3, Manuel Corpas 3|
|Corey Hart, CF||4||0||1||1||1||0||1||.298|
|J.J. Hardy, SS||4||1||0||0||1||3||3||.277|
|Ryan Braun, 3B||4||2||2||4||1||1||1||.353|
|Prince Fielder, 1B||4||1||2||1||0||0||0||.287|
|Johnny Estrada, C||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.289|
|Kevin Mench, RF||4||0||1||0||0||0||2||.278|
|Geoff Jenkins, LF||4||0||0||0||0||3||2||.260|
|Rickie Weeks, 2B||3||2||1||0||1||1||1||.222|
|Chris Capuano, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.304|
|Carlos Villanueva, P||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.200|
|a- Craig Counsell, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.237|
|Chris Spurling, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Tony Graffanino, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.243|
|Brian Shouse, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-flied out for Villanueva in the 6th|
|b-grounded into a double play for Spurling in the 8th|
|2B - Corey Hart (16, Francis)|
|HR - Ryan Braun 2 (13, Francis, Francis), Prince Fielder (30, Francis)|
|SH - Chris Capuano (4)|
|RBI - Corey Hart (34), Ryan Braun 4 (36), Prince Fielder (71)|
|2-OUT RBI - Corey Hart (11), Ryan Braun 3 (16), Prince Fielder (21)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|Carlos Villanueva (L,6-1)||3||3||5||5||2||3||3||3.41|
|Pitches-Strikes - Chris Capuano 67-42, Carlos Villanueva 66-39, Chris Spurling 19-16, Brian Shouse 22-13|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Capuano 3-3, Carlos Villanueva 3-3, Chris Spurling 3-2, Brian Shouse 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Chris Capuano 18, Carlos Villanueva 14, Chris Spurling 7, Brian Shouse 4|
|Attendance - 37690|
|Game Time - 3:03|
|Temperature - 69|
|Umpires - Home - Gerry Davis, First Base - Chris Guccione, Second Base - Mike Everitt, Third Base - Scott Barry|