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Rolling Rockies rally to beat slumping Brewers

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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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.

Troy Tulowitzki and Yorvit Torrealba each hit two-run homers in a decisive fifth inning, and the Rockies rallied to beat the slumping Milwaukee Brewers 10-6.

"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.

"We're in the driver's seat," said Carlos Villanueva (6-1), who took the loss after pitching three innings in relief of starter Chris Capuano, and gave up five runs on three hits -- all home runs.

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."

Notes

  • There was a scary moment in the seventh when Brewers 1B Fielder reached on a broken-bat single to center. All but the knob of the bat flew into the stands between home plate and first base and appeared to strike a woman in the head. Ushers asked the Brewers' batboys for a towel to stop the bleeding. The woman was alert as she was taken to first aid at the stadium -- and got to keep the bat.
  • Before the game, the Rockies placed lefty closer Brian Fuentes on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 4, with a mild strain of his left latissimus dorsi muscle. To take his place on the roster, Colorado recalled IF Omar Quintanilla from Triple-A Colorado Springs. Fuentes last pitched July 3. He was selected to the NL All-Star team but had to be replaced on the roster because of the injury.
 
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Yorvit Torrealba celebrates his two-run homer in the fifth inning with Brad Hawpe.  (AP)
Yorvit Torrealba celebrates his two-run homer in the fifth inning with Brad Hawpe. (AP)

Players of the Game
Milwaukee

R. Braun
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 2
RBI 4
Colorado

Y. Torrealba
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Colorado Rockies
Ryan Spilborghs, CF4111000 .326
Jamey Carroll, 2B4110001 .213
    Matt Herges, P0000000 .000
    LaTroy Hawkins, P0000000 .000
   a- Jeff Baker, PH1000000 .228
    Jeremy Affeldt, P0000000 .000
    Manuel Corpas, P0000000 .000
Matt Holliday, LF5111043 .339
Todd Helton, 1B5022000 .315
Garrett Atkins, 3B4100112 .255
Troy Tulowitzki, SS4222111 .288
Brad Hawpe, RF2200301 .307
Yorvit Torrealba, C4232002 .270
Jeff Francis, P3012020 .129
    Kaz Matsui, 2B1000001 .311
Totals3710111058  
a-fouled out for Hawkins in the 8th
Batting
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
Fielding
DP - Tulowitzki-Matsui-Helton, Tulowitzki-Helton
E - Brad Hawpe (4, Dropped fly), Troy Tulowitzki (6, Misplayed grounder)
Colorado Rockies
Jeff Francis (W,9-5) 5766273 4.15
Matt Herges 1000000 6.00
LaTroy Hawkins 1100110 3.91
Jeremy Affeldt 1000010 2.43
Manuel Corpas 1000110 2.45
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
Milwaukee Brewers
Corey Hart, CF4011101 .298
J.J. Hardy, SS4100133 .277
Ryan Braun, 3B4224111 .353
Prince Fielder, 1B4121000 .287
Johnny Estrada, C4000022 .289
Kevin Mench, RF4010002 .278
Geoff Jenkins, LF4000032 .260
Rickie Weeks, 2B3210111 .222
Chris Capuano, P0000000 .304
    Carlos Villanueva, P1010000 .200
   a- Craig Counsell, PH1000000 .237
    Chris Spurling, P0000000 .000
   b- Tony Graffanino, PH1000001 .243
    Brian Shouse, P0000000 .000
Totals34686410  
a-flied out for Villanueva in the 6th
b-grounded into a double play for Spurling in the 8th
Batting
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
Milwaukee Brewers
Chris Capuano 3655330 5.16
Carlos Villanueva (L,6-1) 3355233 3.41
Chris Spurling 2100010 3.03
Brian Shouse 1100010 2.82
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
Game Information
Attendance - 37690
Game Time - 3:03
Temperature - 69
Umpires - Home - Gerry Davis, First Base - Chris Guccione, Second Base - Mike Everitt, Third Base - Scott Barry