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MILWAUKEE -- Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder weren't carrying the offense like they usually do. And the Milwaukee Brewers didn't get anything approaching the kind of start they're expecting from Doug Davis this season.
So Jim Edmonds started a sixth-inning rally from the bottom half of the lineup and the Brewers' bullpen stood firm, holding the Colorado Rockies scoreless over the final five innings in a 5-4 victory Wednesday.
Milwaukee took two of three from Colorado after losing the season opener.
"That's not a pushover team by any means - that's a good team," said Milwaukee's Jody Gerut, whose pinch-hit RBI double gave the Brewers the lead in the sixth. "And so it took almost all of us to win, but we got it today."
Reliever Todd Coffey (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings after a rough start by Davis.
"The Rockies are an extremely good team," Brewers manager Ken Macha said. "They just beat the death out of us last year."
Colorado scored three runs as Davis was remarkably wild in the first inning, but Rockies manager Jim Tracy said they should have scored more.
"We were in a wonderful position to take this game and force the Brewers, in my opinion, to have to pitch nine innings of bullpen today," Tracy said. "But we kind of let them off the hook."
Helton and Hawpe appeared as pinch-hitters in the ninth as Hoffman earned his second save of the season, moving him closer to becoming the first pitcher with 600 career saves.
"They did the small things to win today," Troy Tulowitzki said. "We didn't. That's basically what it comes down to."
Edmonds, a 39-year-old former All-Star who spent last season out of baseball, made his second start in right field for Milwaukee. He went 2 for 4 with a double and scored twice.
With Milwaukee trailing 4-3 going into the sixth, Edmonds singled, went to third on a single by Casey McGehee, then scored on a sacrifice fly by George Kottaras to tie it. That was the end of the day for Rockies starter Aaron Cook (0-1), who was relieved by Randy Flores.
"They made me pay for some mistakes I made and unfortunately I wasn't able to keep the team in the game," Cook said. "They gave me some runs early and I couldn't make it stand up."
Gerut doubled, scoring McGehee to give Milwaukee a 5-4 lead. Gerut remained poised after dodging a ball high and inside earlier in the at-bat.
"You just wait for something to hit -- and make sure it's not coming at your head -- and try to put a good swing on it," Gerut said.
It was a shaky return to the Brewers for Davis, who rejoined his old team as a free agent in the offseason after three seasons in Arizona -- a stint that included treatments for thyroid cancer in 2008. Davis first pitched for Milwaukee from 2003-06.
He was wild from the start Wednesday, giving up three runs, walking three and throwing a pair of wild pitches in the first inning alone. It could have been even worse.
"It wasn't a complete blowout," Macha said. "It could have gotten ugly in the first inning."
Macha said Davis was "a little too amped up" Wednesday, and Davis didn't disagree.
"I was really trying to do too much out there -- just exactly pretty much what I told myself not to do," Davis said.
|Players of the Game|
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|Carlos Gonzalez, LF-RF||5||1||2||0||0||2||1||.533|
|Dexter Fowler, CF||3||1||2||0||1||0||1||.333|
|a- Brad Hawpe, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.125|
|Troy Tulowitzki, SS||4||1||2||1||0||1||1||.250|
|Jason Giambi, 1B||2||0||0||0||2||0||1||.000|
|Miguel Olivo, C||3||1||1||1||1||1||3||.333|
|Ian Stewart, 3B||3||0||0||0||1||2||3||.400|
|Melvin Mora, 2B||4||0||0||1||0||0||1||.000|
|Ryan Spilborghs, RF||3||0||1||0||0||1||3||.400|
|b- Seth Smith, PH-LF||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|Aaron Cook, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.000|
|Randy Flores, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Manny Corpas, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Rafael Betancourt, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Todd Helton, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.500|
|a-flied out for Fowler in the 9th|
|b-struck out for Spilborghs in the 8th|
|c-flied out for Betancourt in the 9th|
|2B - Dexter Fowler (1, Davis), Troy Tulowitzki (1, Davis)|
|HR - Miguel Olivo (1, Davis)|
|SH - Aaron Cook (1)|
|RBI - Troy Tulowitzki (2), Miguel Olivo (1), Melvin Mora (1)|
|2-OUT RBI - Miguel Olivo (1)|
|SB - Troy Tulowitzki (1, 2nd base off Villanueva/Kottaras)|
|CS - Carlos Gonzalez (2, 2nd base by Davis/Kottaras)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|PB - Miguel Olivo (1)|
|E - Jason Giambi (1, Misplayed grounder)|
|Aaron Cook (L,0-1)||5.1||7||5||4||1||5||0||6.75|
|Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Cook 91-53, Randy Flores 7-5, Manny Corpas 17-10, Rafael Betancourt 14-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Cook 10-2|
|Batters Faced - Aaron Cook 25, Randy Flores 2, Manny Corpas 4, Rafael Betancourt 3|
|Rickie Weeks, 2B||4||0||1||1||0||3||1||.333|
|Carlos Gomez, CF||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.333|
|Ryan Braun, LF||3||0||1||0||1||1||1||.364|
|Prince Fielder, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.364|
|Jim Edmonds, RF||4||2||2||0||0||0||0||.333|
|Casey McGehee, 3B||4||1||1||0||0||1||1||.455|
|George Kottaras, C||3||1||0||2||0||1||0||.000|
|Alcides Escobar, SS||2||0||1||1||0||0||0||.200|
|Todd Coffey, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Jody Gerut, PH||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||1.000|
|Chris Narveson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Mitch Stetter, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Carlos Villanueva, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|LaTroy Hawkins, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Trevor Hoffman, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Doug Davis, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.000|
|Craig Counsell, SS||2||1||1||0||0||1||1||.200|
|a-doubled for Coffey in the 6th|
|2B - Jim Edmonds (1, Cook), Alcides Escobar (1, Cook), Jody Gerut (1, Flores), Craig Counsell (1, Cook)|
|SF - George Kottaras (1)|
|SH - Carlos Gomez (1)|
|RBI - Rickie Weeks (2), George Kottaras 2 (2), Alcides Escobar (2), Jody Gerut (1)|
|2-OUT RBI - Alcides Escobar (2)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - Counsell-Weeks-Fielder|
|Todd Coffey (W,1-0)||2||0||0||0||2||2||0||0.00|
|Chris Narveson (H,1)||0.1||2||0||0||0||0||0||3.86|
|Mitch Stetter (H,2)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.00|
|Carlos Villanueva (H,1)||0.1||0||0||0||0||1||0||0.00|
|LaTroy Hawkins (H,2)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||0.00|
|Trevor Hoffman (S,2)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||4.50|
|IBB - Giambi by Todd Coffey|
|WP - Doug Davis 2 (2), Todd Coffey 2 (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Doug Davis 87-48, Todd Coffey 31-16, Chris Narveson 6-3, Mitch Stetter 2-2, Carlos Villanueva 7-4, LaTroy Hawkins 15-10, Trevor Hoffman 11-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Doug Davis 3-4, Todd Coffey 2-1, LaTroy Hawkins 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Doug Davis 20, Todd Coffey 7, Chris Narveson 3, Mitch Stetter 1, Carlos Villanueva 1, LaTroy Hawkins 3, Trevor Hoffman 3|
|Attendance - 35793|
|Game Time - 3:16|
|Temperature - 67|
|Umpires - Home - Phil Cuzzi, First Base - Chris Guccione, Second Base - Jerry Crawford, Third Base - Brian O'Nora|