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Brewers rally past Rockies; K-Rod earns victory

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DENVER -- In a wild game that included a couple of ejections, blown leads and comebacks by both teams, Rickie Weeks' provided the final blow.

Weeks hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning as the Milwaukee Brewers came back after squandering a seventh-inning lead and beat Colorado 8-7 Saturday night in a game that began with a 49-minute weather delay and included the ejections of Rockies manager Jim Tracy and catcher Chris Iannetta.

"I thought I hit it pretty good, but you never know," said Weeks, who connected for his 18th homer of the season. "But it did get across the fence. It is always exciting to get game-winning home run."

With two outs in the ninth and the score tied at 6-6, Huston Street (0-3) walked Prince Fielder. Weeks followed with a drive that just cleared center fielder Dexter Fowler's attempt for a leaping catch at the wall.

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"It just wasn't my best pitch," Street said. "I was trying to throw a slider down and I threw a slider that was belt high. Sometimes, they foul it back. He didn't foul it back."

Francisco Rodriguez (3-2), making his Brewers debut after being acquired Tuesday from the New York Mets, pitched a scoreless eighth inning.

"I was waiting to come in, and once I got in, I wanted to keep the score tied and let our guys score some runs," Rodriguez said. "We needed this one. We had dropped the first two games of the series. It was huge to come back and win it."

John Axford allowed an RBI single by Todd Helton before retiring Troy Tulowitzki for the final out to earn his 24th save in 26 chances.

Milwaukee was trailing 3-2 when Josh Wilson and Jonathan Lucroy each singled off Jhoulys Chacin to start the seventh. Craig Counsell, pinch-hitting for starting pitcher Zack Greinke, advanced the runners with a sacrifice.

After Chacin hit Corey Hart with a pitch to load the bases, Matt Reynolds came on in relief to face Nyjer Morgan, who greeted him with a surprise bunt single down the first-base line that scored Wilson. Charging from first, Helton tried to field the ball and toss it from his glove all in one motion but it sailed over Iannetta's head for an error and Lucroy crossed the plate with tying run.

Mark Kotsay, a defensive replacement after left fielder Ryan Braun was lifted in the sixth because of tightness in his left hamstring and calf, drove a fly ball to center. Hart, who hit a two-run homer earlier, tagged up and went for the plate, where Iannetta caught the throw on a bounce. He wheeled to put the tag on Hart's upper leg as the Brewers' runner slid in a very close play at the plate.

After home plate umpire Cory Blaser signaled Hart safe to give Milwaukee a 5-3 lead, Iannetta bounced up, slammed his mask down and heatedly argued the call nose-to-nose with Blaser. Iannetta was tossed as Tracy ran from the dugout to get between the two. Tracy then got in Blaser's face and he was also ejected.

Tracy said afterward that he thought Hart was "clearly out" and Blaser missed the call. Iannetta, ejected for the first time in his big league career, said he obviously thought he had gotten Hart out but added he over-reacted out of frustration.

"I shouldn't have done what I did," Iannetta said. "No one is perfect. Even the best players in the game make mistakes sometimes, and you can't fault a guy for making a mistake, if it truly was a mistake. But I reacted in a manner that wasn't right, so it's on me."

Colorado came back and regained the lead in the bottom of the seventh on Helton's two-run double and Tulowitzki's run-scoring single. Milwaukee evened the score again in the eighth on an RBI groundout by pinchhitter George Kottaras.

Trying to get the Brewers going offensively, manager Ron Roenicke shook up the batting order and Hart, moved up to the leadoff spot from fifth, responded with his 12th homer, a two-run shot in the fifth that pulled Milwaukee to 3-2.

All three of the Rockies' runs off Greinke in the second inning were unearned. Ian Stewart hit a two-out triple and Dexter Fowler swung and missed at a pitch in the dirt for a third strike. Lucroy couldn't hold the ball and struggled briefly to track it down before he was able to corral it. However, his throw to first was off the mark for an error, allowing Fowler to reach and Stewart to score.

Iannetta and Chacin followed with successive RBI singles.

Colorado's Carlos Gonzalez returned to the lineup after missing eight of nine games since bruising his right wrist when he crashed into the center-field wall while making a catch against Kansas City on July 3.

Notes

  • Prior to the game, manager Ron Roenicke swapped Hart and Weeks in the lineup. Josh Wilson also started at shortstop ahead of Yuniesky Betancourt.
  • Twenty of Hart's 29 RBI this season have come on home runs.
  • Iannetta is 6 for12 with a double, 3 RBI and four runs scored in his last four starts at Coors Field.
 
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Rickie Weeks crushes a two-run homer in the ninth to give Milwaukee the lead. The Brewers hold off a Rockies rally to win. (AP)
Rickie Weeks crushes a two-run homer in the ninth to give Milwaukee the lead. The Brewers hold off a Rockies rally to win. (AP)

Players of the Game
Milwaukee

R. Weeks
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Colorado

T. Helton
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 3
 

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Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Corey Hart, RF4212022 .266
Nyjer Morgan, CF5021010 .331
Ryan Braun, LF3000011 .316
    Mark Kotsay, LF1001000 .258
Prince Fielder, 1B3110200 .302
Rickie Weeks, 2B5122003 .275
Casey McGehee, 3B4010003 .221
    Yuniesky Betancourt, PR-SS1100000 .238
Josh Wilson, SS-3B4120010 .277
Jonathan Lucroy, C3120000 .276
Zack Greinke, P0100100 .250
   a- Craig Counsell, PH0000000 .165
    LaTroy Hawkins, P0000000 .000
    Kameron Loe, P0000000 .000
   b- George Kottaras, PH1001000 .224
    Francisco Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
    John Axford, P0000000 .000
Totals34811735  
a-hit a sacrifice bunt for Greinke in the 7th
b-grounded out for Loe in the 8th
Batting
2B - Rickie Weeks (23, Chacin)
HR - Corey Hart (12, Chacin), Rickie Weeks (18, Street)
SF - Mark Kotsay (1)
SH - Jonathan Lucroy (2), Zack Greinke (3), Craig Counsell (4)
RBI - Corey Hart 2 (29), Nyjer Morgan (20), Mark Kotsay (19), Rickie Weeks 2 (41), George Kottaras (9)
2-OUT RBI - Corey Hart 2 (8), Rickie Weeks 2 (10)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Nyjer Morgan 2
DP - Morgan-Wilson-Weeks
E - Prince Fielder (11, Misplayed grounder), Jonathan Lucroy (6, Throwing)
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Zack Greinke 6530280 5.04
LaTroy Hawkins (H,12) 0.1222000 1.71
Kameron Loe (BS,7) 0.2211010 4.53
Francisco Rodriguez (W,3-2) 1000010 3.09
John Axford (S,24) 1211010 2.91
Pitches-Strikes - Zack Greinke 107-67, LaTroy Hawkins 8-4, Kameron Loe 6-5, Francisco Rodriguez 15-10, John Axford 17-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zack Greinke 7-3, LaTroy Hawkins 1-0, Francisco Rodriguez 2-1, John Axford 2-0
Batters Faced - Zack Greinke 25, LaTroy Hawkins 3, Kameron Loe 3, Francisco Rodriguez 4, John Axford 5
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Carlos Gonzalez, LF5210015 .291
Mark Ellis, 2B3000122 .234
   a- Jason Giambi, PH1000011 .264
Todd Helton, 1B5123000 .324
Troy Tulowitzki, SS5011021 .272
Seth Smith, RF4010000 .292
Ian Stewart, 3B4120020 .154
Dexter Fowler, CF3100020 .236
Chris Iannetta, C1111100 .219
    Eliezer Alfonzo, C2110001 .500
Jhoulys Chacin, P2011013 .135
    Matt Reynolds, P0000000 .000
    Rafael Betancourt, P0000000 .000
   b- Ryan Spilborghs, PH1010000 .239
    Matt Lindstrom, P0000000 .000
    Huston Street, P0000000 .000
   c- Jonathan Herrera, PH1000000 .258
Totals377116211  
a-struck out for Ellis in the 9th
b-singled for Betancourt in the 7th
c-grounded out for Street in the 9th
Batting
2B - Todd Helton (18, Loe), Chris Iannetta (10, Greinke)
3B - Ian Stewart (1, Greinke)
SH - Dexter Fowler (4)
RBI - Todd Helton 3 (46), Troy Tulowitzki (60), Chris Iannetta (34), Jhoulys Chacin (2)
2-OUT RBI - Todd Helton 3 (15), Troy Tulowitzki (19), Chris Iannetta (9), Jhoulys Chacin (1)
SB - Carlos Gonzalez (15, 2nd base off Axford/Lucroy)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
PB - Eliezer Alfonzo (1)
E - Todd Helton (2, Throwing)
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jhoulys Chacin 6.1755151 3.37
Matt Reynolds (BS,1) 0.1100100 3.41
Rafael Betancourt 0.1000000 4.79
Matt Lindstrom (BS,2) 1211000 2.92
Huston Street (L,0-3) 1122101 3.56
HBP - Hart (by Jhoulys Chacin)
WP - Matt Reynolds (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Jhoulys Chacin 93-58, Matt Reynolds 10-5, Rafael Betancourt 3-3, Matt Lindstrom 18-12, Huston Street 18-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jhoulys Chacin 12-2, Rafael Betancourt 1-0, Matt Lindstrom 3-0
Batters Faced - Jhoulys Chacin 28, Matt Reynolds 3, Rafael Betancourt 1, Matt Lindstrom 5, Huston Street 5
Game Information
Attendance - 46783
Game Time - 3:22
Temperature - 81
Umpires - Home - Cory Blaser, First Base - Alfonso Marquez, Second Base - Ed Hickox, Third Base - Ed Rapuano