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Braun, Brewers sink Rockies with walk-off HR in 11th

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MILWAUKEE -- Ryan Braun said he played the worst 10 innings of the season. Good thing it went 11.

Braun homered leading off the 11th and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Rockies 2-1 on Tuesday night to win their sixth straight at home over Colorado.

"Tonight was not a pretty game, we didn't play well," Braun said. "It was nice to find a way a win. I don't think we really deserved that game. But good teams find a way to win games they shouldn't sometimes."

Prince Fielder also went deep for Milwaukee, which remained 6½ games ahead of second-place St. Louis in the NL Central with 13 to play.

"It's close to the end, we want to hurry up and get it done if we can," Fielder said. "You can't control what the Cardinals do. We can only control what we can do."

Zack Greinke labored through five innings before the Brewers' bullpen picked him up. LaTroy Hawkins, Takashi Saito, Francisco Rodriguez, John Axford and Kameron Loe (4-7) combined for six scoreless innings.

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"All the credit for tonight's win goes to our bullpen (and) for Greinke battling through our horrendous defensive performance," Braun said. "It's just nice to find a way to win."

Fielder homered in the sixth to tie it and it stayed that way until the 11th, when Braun homered off Matt Lindstrom (2-2) and pumped his right fist in excitement before joining the scrum at home plate.

Braun had been 0 for 4 leading up to that point, misplayed a ball that led to the Rockies' only run and needed a 10-pitch at-bat to connect off Lindstrom.

"It's fun to play meaningful games this time of year. Obviously, we understand what's at stake," Braun said. "I had plenty of pent-up aggression before I hit that ball."

After the Rockies scored early, Fielder hit his 32nd homer after coming in with just two extra-base hits over his previous 35 at-bats. It was his first homer since Sept. 2 in Houston.

In the eighth, Mark Ellis led off with a single and reached second, but Milwaukee shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt grabbed Todd Helton's liner to end the inning. Axford didn't allow a baserunner in the ninth and worked around Dexter Fowler's one-out single in the 10th.

The Rockies put runners in scoring position with two outs against Loe in the 11th, but Wilin Rosario grounded out to end the inning.

"We gave a hell of an effort against a very, very good baseball team with a lot at stake," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "What it simply boils down to is just a timely hit somewhere as that game was unfolding. "

Milwaukee started with a victory in its final stretch of 14 games against teams with losing records in the quest to wrap up its first division title since winning the AL East in 1982. The Cardinals beat the Pirates 6-4 earlier Tuesday.

Helton, Ellis, shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and right fielder Carlos Gonzalez all returned to the Rockies' lineup after missing at least one game because of injuries, but Tulowitzki (hip) and Helton (back) left before the game ended.

Tulowitzki started a double play off his back foot in the fourth inning that got starter Esmil Rogers out of a jam. Rogers worked six innings, his only costly mistake coming to Fielder.

In the third, Greinke saved a run with a spectacular play. With the bases loaded and two outs, he spiked a breaking ball that got away from catcher Jonathan Lucroy.

Greinke quickly sprinted toward the loose ball, grabbed it with his glove and flipped it out to Lucroy, who blocked the plate and was able to tag out Ellis to end the inning.

Both teams cut down a run at the plate early.

Brewers third baseman Casey McGehee threw out Ellis on a fielder's choice in the first, and Rickie Weeks was tagged out at home by Rosario trying to score from first on McGehee's double in the second.

Colorado scored in the fourth on Rosario's single to take a 1-0 lead. Greinke struck out nine, but only made it through five innings because he threw 116 pitches after the Brewers committed two errors that he worked around.

"It was a fun game - in the end," Greinke said. "It was stressful at the time."

Notes

  • Officials decided to close the roof at Miller Park early Tuesday because of smoke drifting about 400 miles southeast from a large wildfire in Minnesota.
  • Weeks left before the start of the seventh as the Brewers continue to limit his innings in his return from a severely sprained left ankle.
  • Tulowitzki hit a ball that bounced off the roof's support cables in left field during the third inning. The ball was ruled foul, though it landed in the field of play.
  • Brewers RHP Shaun Marcum (12-6, 3.25 ERA) faces Rockies RHP Kevin Millwood (2-2, 3.79) in the finale of this two-game set Wednesday night.
 
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Ryan Braun delievers in extras as the Brewers drop the Rockies at home for the sixth straight time. (AP)
Ryan Braun delievers in extras as the Brewers drop the Rockies at home for the sixth straight time. (AP)

Players of the Game
Milwaukee

R. Braun
AB 5
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
Colorado

M. Ellis
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dexter Fowler, CF5010022 .270
Mark Ellis, 2B4020121 .244
Carlos Gonzalez, RF5010002 .297
Troy Tulowitzki, SS3000020 .304
    Thomas Field, SS2000010 .000
Todd Helton, 1B2000203 .302
    Chris Nelson, 3B1010000 .242
Seth Smith, LF4110101 .287
Jordan Pacheco, 3B-1B5010011 .304
Wilin Rosario, C5011023 .200
Esmil Rogers, P2000022 .280
   a- Eliezer Alfonzo, PH1010000 .267
    Matt Belisle, P0000000 .500
    Rex Brothers, P0000000 .000
    Huston Street, P0000000 .000
   b- Jason Giambi, PH1000010 .267
    Matt Lindstrom, P0000000 .000
Totals40191413  
a-singled for Rogers in the 7th
b-struck out for Street in the 10th
Batting
2B - Seth Smith (29, Greinke), Wilin Rosario (1, Greinke)
RBI - Wilin Rosario (2)
SB - Mark Ellis (11, 3rd base off Greinke/Lucroy), Carlos Gonzalez (20, 2nd base off Greinke/Lucroy)
CS - Seth Smith (2, 2nd base by Hawkins/Lucroy)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Dexter Fowler 1
DP - Tulowitzki-Ellis-Helton
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Esmil Rogers 6511341 5.88
Matt Belisle 1000120 3.51
Rex Brothers 1000110 3.25
Huston Street 1000000 3.59
Matt Lindstrom (L,2-2) 1111101 3.10
WP - Matt Belisle (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Esmil Rogers 95-62, Matt Belisle 17-12, Rex Brothers 11-7, Huston Street 13-8, Matt Lindstrom 19-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Esmil Rogers 8-4, Matt Belisle 1-0, Matt Lindstrom 2-1
Batters Faced - Esmil Rogers 24, Matt Belisle 4, Rex Brothers 3, Huston Street 3, Matt Lindstrom 5
Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Corey Hart, RF2000311 .282
Nyjer Morgan, CF4000112 .306
Ryan Braun, LF5111013 .329
Prince Fielder, 1B4121011 .294
Rickie Weeks, 2B2010100 .273
    Jerry Hairston Jr., 2B1000000 .262
Casey McGehee, 3B4010001 .234
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS4000002 .250
Jonathan Lucroy, C3010100 .270
Zack Greinke, P1000011 .167
   a- George Kottaras, PH1000010 .247
    LaTroy Hawkins, P0000000 .000
    Takashi Saito, P0000000 .000
   b- Taylor Green, PH1000010 .333
    Francisco Rodriguez, P0000000 .500
    John Axford, P0000000 .000
   c- Mark Kotsay, PH1000000 .261
    Kameron Loe, P0000000 .000
Totals3326267  
a-struck out for Greinke in the 5th
b-struck out (wild pitch) for Saito in the 7th
c-grounded out for Axford in the 10th
Batting
2B - Prince Fielder (33, Rogers), Casey McGehee (23, Rogers)
HR - Ryan Braun (28, Lindstrom), Prince Fielder (32, Rogers)
RBI - Ryan Braun (97), Prince Fielder (109)
CS - Nyjer Morgan (4, 2nd base by Brothers/Rosario)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Fielder-Betancourt
E - Casey McGehee (19, Throwing), Rickie Weeks (13, Throwing)
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Zack Greinke 5511290 3.87
LaTroy Hawkins 1000100 2.60
Takashi Saito 1100000 1.99
Francisco Rodriguez 1100000 2.86
John Axford 2100030 2.10
Kameron Loe (W,4-7) 1100110 3.42
Pitches-Strikes - Zack Greinke 116-67, LaTroy Hawkins 14-8, Takashi Saito 8-8, Francisco Rodriguez 17-11, John Axford 25-18, Kameron Loe 26-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zack Greinke 5-1, LaTroy Hawkins 1-1, Takashi Saito 2-0, Francisco Rodriguez 1-2, John Axford 2-1, Kameron Loe 2-0
Batters Faced - Zack Greinke 22, LaTroy Hawkins 3, Takashi Saito 3, Francisco Rodriguez 4, John Axford 7, Kameron Loe 5
Game Information
Attendance - 37120
Game Time - 3:50
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Tim McClelland, First Base - Marvin Hudson, Second Base - Brian Runge, Third Base - Ted Barrett