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Rockies 4, Brewers 2

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MILWAUKEE -- The Rockies are making great use of their time away from Coors Field.

Troy Tulowitzki and Brad Hawpe homered and Jorge De La Rosa finally beat his old team, lifting Colorado to its seventh straight win -- all on the road -- this one a 4-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday.

"The last week has been great for us. It's been needed. To do it on the road is what I think is impressive," said Hawpe, who is hitting a team-best .339. "Everybody's come together on the road and usually the road historically has been a tough place for the Rockies to play."

No more. Colorado is 18-18 on the road this season and has left all its struggles behind in the thin air of Denver, where the Rockies have won just nine times.

Their current winning streak is the longest since winning 11 straight in September 2007. That run helped propel the Rockies to the playoffs and eventually the World Series where they were swept by Boston.

This time, Colorado can do something that team never did -- match its longest road winning streak in its 17-year history with a win in Thursday's series finale against Brewers ace Yovani Gallardo.

Milwaukee, which won 18 games in May, still leads the NL Central, but has sputtered to a 3-6 start in June despite being ahead in every game this month.

In this one, the Brewers blew a 2-0 lead, just like they did Tuesday night.

"I wouldn't look at it and say that we're necessarily struggling a whole lot, we're just not winning games right now," Brewers starter Dave Bush said. "To me, there's a difference. You can lose games badly and you can lose close games, and we're losing close games."

Bush (3-3) gave up a two-out solo homer in the fourth to Tulowitzki and three straight doubles in the fifth. Todd Helton's double scored Clint Barmes and Hawpe's double drove in Helton to give the Rockies a 3-2 lead. Hawpe homered off reliever Seth McClung in the seventh to make it 4-2.

Huston Street struck out the side in a perfect ninth for his 11th save in 12 chances.

De La Rosa (2-6) came into the game 0-2 with a 13.03 ERA in three appearances against Milwaukee, where he pitched for part of three seasons beginning in 2004.

"I don't care who it's against, I just want to throw a good game and I think I did," De La Rosa said. "We're playing very good as a team and I hope we keep playing like this."

Milwaukee took a 2-0 lead with three doubles in third inning. Ryan Braun's two-out RBI double scored Casey McGehee. After Braun stole third, Prince Fielder hit an opposite-field double to left-center.

Fielder's RBI tied him with Philadelphia's Raul Ibanez for the NL lead with 55, but De La Rosa got the better of the Brewers slugger striking him out with two on and two outs in the fifth.

The rest of the Brewers' offense was silent. Milwaukee manager Ken Macha said he would give some of his struggling players a day off with J.J. Hardy hitting .223 this season, Corey Hart .239 and Bill Hall .205. Macha said it was too early to call it a bad season for the three young hitters who are expected to help protect Braun and Fielder.

"We've got a lot of games to play yet," Macha said. "We've got over 100 games to play, to classify a bad season with over 100 games to play is getting a little carried away. You run through dips."

De La Rosa, who started 0-6 this season, won his second straight decision and was finished after six innings, allowing two runs and four hits with eight strikeouts.

"I've seen him better than he was tonight, but I haven't seen him battle as well as he did," said Rockies manager Jim Tracy, who is 9-4 since taking over for Clint Hurdle.

Notes

There was only one single, but 14 walks in the game. ... Bush gave up his 15th home run this season, second in the NL to Philadelphia's Brett Myers. ... Rockies RHP Taylor Buchholz (elbow) threw a bullpen session on Wednesday. Tracy said they will consider sending Buchholz out on a rehab assignment in the coming days. Buchholz has been on the 60-day DL after experiencing pain throwing before his only spring training appearance on Feb. 26.

 
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Players of the Game
Colorado

B. Hawpe
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Colorado

J. De La Rosa
IP 6.0
H 4
ER 2
BB 4
K 8
 
Colorado Rockies
Dexter Fowler, CF5000042 .254
Clint Barmes, 2B5120002 .293
Todd Helton, 1B3111201 .308
Brad Hawpe, RF4122111 .339
    Huston Street, P0000000 .000
Ian Stewart, 3B5000011 .221
Troy Tulowitzki, SS3111121 .231
Carlos Gonzalez, LF1000301 .222
Chris Iannetta, C2000101 .218
Jorge De La Rosa, P2000012 .050
    Randy Flores, P0000000 .000
    Joel Peralta, P0000000 .000
   a- Garrett Atkins, PH1000000 .193
    Matt Daley, P0000000 .000
    Ryan Spilborghs, RF0000000 .259
Totals3146489  
a-flied out for Peralta in the 8th
Batting
2B - Clint Barmes 2 (14, Bush, Bush), Todd Helton (14, Bush), Brad Hawpe (18, Bush)
HR - Brad Hawpe (9, McClung), Troy Tulowitzki (7, Bush)
SH - Jorge De La Rosa (2)
RBI - Todd Helton (42), Brad Hawpe 2 (45), Troy Tulowitzki (19)
2-OUT RBI - Troy Tulowitzki (3)
SB - Ian Stewart (3, 2nd base off Bush/Rivera), Carlos Gonzalez (2, 2nd base off Bush/Rivera)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Tulowitzki-Barmes-Helton
Colorado Rockies
Jorge De La Rosa (W,2-6) 6422480 5.08
Randy Flores (H,5) 0.1000100 0.00
Joel Peralta (H,2) 0.2000110 2.25
Matt Daley (H,4) 1100000 3.09
Huston Street (S,11) 1000030 2.84
Pitches-Strikes - Jorge De La Rosa 102-59, Randy Flores 8-4, Joel Peralta 16-7, Matt Daley 15-12, Huston Street 17-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jorge De La Rosa 5-4, Joel Peralta 1-0, Matt Daley 1-2
Batters Faced - Jorge De La Rosa 25, Randy Flores 2, Joel Peralta 3, Matt Daley 4, Huston Street 3
Milwaukee Brewers
Casey McGehee, 2B3110220 .269
J.J. Hardy, SS4000034 .219
Ryan Braun, LF2111202 .311
Prince Fielder, 1B4021013 .298
Mike Cameron, CF3000122 .268
Corey Hart, RF4010011 .239
Mike Rivera, C4000002 .270
Bill Hall, 3B2000101 .205
   a- Frank Catalanotto, PH1000010 .200
Dave Bush, P1000010 .143
   b- Jody Gerut, PH1000000 .206
    Seth McClung, P0000000 .000
   c- Craig Counsell, PH1000001 .307
    Chris Smith, P0000000 .000
   d- Mat Gamel, PH1000010 .240
Totals31252612  
a-struck out for Hall in the 9th
b-popped out for Bush in the 5th
c-popped out for McClung in the 7th
d-struck out for Smith in the 9th
Batting
2B - Casey McGehee (4, De La Rosa), Ryan Braun (13, De La Rosa), Prince Fielder 2 (12, De La Rosa, Daley)
RBI - Ryan Braun (39), Prince Fielder (55)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Braun (11), Prince Fielder (22)
SB - Ryan Braun (4, 3rd base off De La Rosa/Iannetta)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Hardy-Fielder
Milwaukee Brewers
Dave Bush (L,3-3) 5533471 4.58
Seth McClung 2111211 2.67
Chris Smith 2000210 0.00
HBP - Iannetta (by Seth McClung)
Pitches-Strikes - Dave Bush 110-69, Seth McClung 30-15, Chris Smith 33-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dave Bush 4-4, Seth McClung 2-3, Chris Smith 1-3
Batters Faced - Dave Bush 24, Seth McClung 10, Chris Smith 7
Game Information
Attendance - 34823
Game Time - 3:26
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Phil Cuzzi, First Base - Tom Hallion, Second Base - Jerry Crawford, Third Base - Dan Bellino