Colorado at Milwaukee

W: A. Cook (5-3) L: Y. Gallardo (6-3)
S: H. Street (12)
HR: COL - I. Stewart (12)   MIL - R. Braun (13)

Rockies hold off Brewers for eighth straight victory wire reports

MILWAUKEE -- The Colorado Rockies are learning to love life on the road under new manager Jim Tracy.

Aaron Cook pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning and closer Huston Street shook off a ninth-inning home run by Ryan Braun to earn his fourth save in as many games, lifting the Rockies to a 5-4 victory and three-game sweep over Milwaukee on Thursday.

That's eight straight wins, all on the road, for the Rockies, who completed a four-game sweep of St. Louis earlier this week -- shredding two of the NL Central's best over seven days.

"I think we should just go straight to Seattle," Cook said.

Instead, the Rockies will face the Mariners at home, where they're 9-14 this season.

"Now we have to take this home with us to our fans and get our house in order," Tracy said. "Because we're a much better team at home than 9-14."

Colorado is 10-4 under Tracy, who took over for the fired Clint Hurdle on May 29.

But it's not like the Rockies were completely adversity-free Thursday: Catcher Paul Phillips nearly got run over by the Miller Park "Racing Sausage" mascots as he walked out of the dugout before the seventh inning.

And Phillips got booed for it!

"I said, 'Jeez, tough crowd,"' said Phillips, whose two-run single in the eighth proved to be the difference for the Rockies. "They were more into the sausage race, obviously, than they were the game."

Oh, and Braun's three-run homer off Street in the ninth did add some drama.

With the Rockies leading 5-1, Randy Flores allowed a pair of runners to reach base with one out. Tracy brought in Street, who struck out Mike Rivera before giving up Braun's homer.

Street, who saved the Rockies' previous three games, then walked Prince Fielder before striking out Mat Gamel to earn his 12th save of the season and fourth in four games. Street was the Rockies' sixth reliever of the day.

"We taxed ourselves a little bit today, obviously," Tracy said. "We took it to the limit a couple of times. But once again, we made some huge pitches when we had to."

Milwaukee's typically potent offense scored only four runs in the first two games of the series and couldn't manage anything against starter Cook (5-3) until the seventh.

"That team's playing really well," Braun said. "And it's a weird game: It seems like when you're playing really well you get all the breaks, and when you're not going well like we are now, you just find a way to come up on the short end of games like this."

The Brewers took some solace in the fact that they at least had several scoring chances. That wasn't the case in the first two games of the series, when the Brewers managed a total of only four runs and struggled to get runners on base.

"You've got to try to take all the positives you can from a game like this, a series like this," Braun said.

With the Rockies ahead 3-0 in the seventh, Cook gave up a pair of singles and a walk to load the bases with no outs. Tracy then used three relievers to limit the damage: Matt Daley gave up a sacrifice fly to Corey Hart, Alan Embree got Craig Counsell to line out to right, and Joel Peralta walked Mike Cameron to bring up Braun with the bases loaded and two outs.

After falling behind 1-2, Peralta got Braun to chase a 79 mph slider -- then struck him out on a 93 mph fastball.

Cook ended Brewers scoring threats with strikeouts in the previous two innings, getting Bill Hall in fifth and Gamel in the sixth.

Brewers manager Ken Macha saw the Brewers' scoring chances as a sign of progress, even if they didn't cash in.

"It's the job of myself and the coaching staff to continue to stay positive," Macha said. "I think the comeback in the ninth inning is going to help."

Yovani Gallardo (6-3) gave up only two runs but struggled with his control, throwing 105 pitches over five innings and walking four.


  • First-base umpire Jerry Crawford left the game after the second inning after becoming ill.
  • Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said the hearing for Cameron's appeal of his two-game suspension for making contact with an umpire has yet to be scheduled.
  • The Rockies selected Tracy's son, Mark, a catcher at Duquesne University, in the 49th round of the first-year player draft. "We didn't ask for any favors, but I'm proud of him," Jim Tracy said.
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Ian Stewart watches his fourth-inning blast off Yovani Gallardo in the Rockies' victory.  (AP)
Ian Stewart watches his fourth-inning blast off Yovani Gallardo in the Rockies' victory. (AP)

Players of the Game

R. Braun
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1

A. Cook
IP 6.0
H 7
ER 1
BB 1
K 7

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Carlos Gonzalez, CF-RF5010024 .217
Clint Barmes, 2B4000023 .287
Todd Helton, 1B3010212 .309
Brad Hawpe, RF4000124 .332
    Dexter Fowler, PR-CF0000000 .254
Ryan Spilborghs, LF4220112 .264
Ian Stewart, 3B4321103 .229
Troy Tulowitzki, SS2021200 .239
Paul Phillips, C4012003 .333
Aaron Cook, P2001100 .154
    Matt Daley, P0000000 .000
    Alan Embree, P0000000 .000
    Joel Peralta, P0000000 .000
   a- Seth Smith, PH1000001 .278
    Manny Corpas, P0000000 .000
    Randy Flores, P0000000 .000
    Huston Street, P0000000 .000
a-flied out for Peralta in the 8th
2B - Troy Tulowitzki (8, Coffey)
HR - Ian Stewart (12, Gallardo)
SH - Clint Barmes (2)
RBI - Ian Stewart (33), Troy Tulowitzki (20), Paul Phillips 2 (6), Aaron Cook (3)
CS - Troy Tulowitzki (5, 2nd base by Gallardo/Kendall)
Team LOB - 10
DP - Cook-Tulowitzki-Helton, Tulowitzki-Barmes-Helton, Tulowitzki-Barmes-Helton
E - Clint Barmes (4, Misplayed grounder)
Colorado Rockies
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Matt Daley (H,5) 0.1000000 3.00
Alan Embree (H,5) 0.1000000 6.06
Joel Peralta (H,3) 0.1000110 2.16
Manny Corpas 1200000 5.34
Randy Flores 0.1122100 3.38
Huston Street (S,12) 0.2111121 3.12
HBP - Kendall (by Aaron Cook)
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Cook 101-59, Matt Daley 4-2, Alan Embree 5-4, Joel Peralta 13-7, Manny Corpas 14-9, Randy Flores 15-8, Huston Street 20-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Cook 6-4, Manny Corpas 2-0
Batters Faced - Aaron Cook 26, Matt Daley 1, Alan Embree 1, Joel Peralta 2, Manny Corpas 4, Randy Flores 3, Huston Street 4
Milwaukee Brewers
Craig Counsell, SS4100112 .298
Frank Catalanotto, RF3010011 .222
   a- Mike Cameron, PH0000100 .268
    Carlos Villanueva, P0000000 .333
    Chris Smith, P0000000 .000
   b- Mike Rivera, PH1000010 .263
Ryan Braun, LF5133014 .318
Prince Fielder, 1B4020111 .301
Mat Gamel, 3B5010033 .236
Casey McGehee, 2B4120001 .286
Jody Gerut, CF4010002 .207
Jason Kendall, C2000100 .222
Yovani Gallardo, P1000010 .148
   c- Bill Hall, PH1000012 .204
    Todd Coffey, P0000000 .000
    Mitch Stetter, P0000000 .000
   d- Corey Hart, PH-RF1111000 .243
a-walked for Catalanotto in the 7th
b-struck out for Smith in the 9th
c-struck out for Gallardo in the 5th
d-hit a sacrifice fly for Stetter in the 7th
2B - Prince Fielder (13, Cook), Casey McGehee (5, Cook)
HR - Ryan Braun (13, Street)
SF - Corey Hart (2)
RBI - Ryan Braun 3 (42), Corey Hart (23)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Braun 3 (14)
SB - Craig Counsell (1, 2nd base off Street/Phillips), Corey Hart (4, 3rd base off Street/Phillips)
Team LOB - 10
Outfield Assists - Ryan Braun 1, Jody Gerut 1
E - Mat Gamel (2, Throwing), Casey McGehee (2, Misplayed grounder)
Milwaukee Brewers
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Todd Coffey 1.1311100 2.76
Mitch Stetter 0.2000020 3.05
Carlos Villanueva 1322100 4.66
Chris Smith 1000200 0.00
IBB - Tulowitzki by Carlos Villanueva
Pitches-Strikes - Yovani Gallardo 105-63, Todd Coffey 29-15, Mitch Stetter 7-6, Carlos Villanueva 22-15, Chris Smith 29-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yovani Gallardo 7-2, Todd Coffey 2-1
Batters Faced - Yovani Gallardo 22, Todd Coffey 7, Mitch Stetter 2, Carlos Villanueva 6, Chris Smith 5
Game Information
Attendance - 35467
Game Time - 3:48
Temperature - 65
Umpires - Home - Tom Hallion, First Base - Jerry Crawford, Second Base - Dan Bellino, Third Base - Phil Cuzzi