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Rockies beat Brewers to snap skid in Milwaukee

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MILWAUKEE -- Prince Fielder says nothing has changed. That goes for his status and the state of the Brewers' offense.

Carlos Gonzalez homered and drove in three runs to lift the Colorado Rockies to a 6-2 victory over Milwaukee on Wednesday night.

Fielder, a free agent in the offseason and represented by Scott Boras, said before the game in an interview to air with TBS this weekend that this is "probably" his last season with the Brewers.

"It's the same thing I've been saying," Fielder said. "That's what you guys said last year. Probably. It is what it is."

Milwaukee's lead in the NL Central dropped to 5½ games over St. Louis, which beat Pittsburgh 3-2. The Brewers have Thursday off before a six-game road trip against division rivals Cincinnati and Chicago.

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Milwaukee has cooled off since building a 10½-game lead in the division, losing six of the last eight games while St. Louis has won seven of the last eight.

"We've hit a little bump right now," Fielder said. "We're still ahead. I don't see the need for worry quite yet."

The Brewers remain in an offensive funk, scoring 16 times and batting .202 over their eight-game slump. Milwaukee is seeking its first title since winning the AL East in 1982.

"We didn't play well the last couple games. We were fortunate to win a game yesterday. There's always a concern when you're trying to get on a roll, trying to get those good at-bats going again," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "We'll get out of it and start playing good ball again."

It's become an increasingly bumpy ride for the Brewers after the team had no off-the-field issues before Nyjer Morgan's antics drew the ire of the Cardinals just over a week ago. Then, reliever Francisco Rodriguez revealed Tuesday for the first time he was unhappy in the setup role before Fielder's comments came Wednesday.

Fielder said the focus remains on winning and reaching the postseason.

"We've just got to come out and win," Fielder said. "We've still got a lead, hopefully we just turn it around, but like I said, everybody's giving 100 percent, that's all you can ask for."

Catcher Jonathan Lucroy thinks the Brewers may be pressing.

"I know I'm pressing a little bit, myself. Sometimes you just try to do too much, get a little frustrated instead of relaxing and playing and you just end up hurting yourself," he said.

Kevin Millwood scattered two runs over six innings for the Rockies.

Corey Hart tripled and scored on Morgan's groundout to start the game, but that was Milwaukee's only hit off Millwood until Yuniesky Betancourt's single in the fifth.

Colorado answered with three runs with two out off Brewers' Shaun Marcum (12-7) in the third. Mark Ellis singled in a run before Gonzalez's homer deep to right-center field made it 3-1.

Wilin Rosario added a solo shot -- the second homer of his career -- in the fourth.

The Rockies made it 6-1 in the fifth on Gonzalez's sacrifice fly and a fielding error by second baseman Rickie Weeks that allowed Ellis to score. The sloppy play drew boos from the crowd because Ellis had stopped at third on Jason Giambi's double before Weeks failed to cleanly catch Hart's throw from right field.

The 36-year-old Millwood (3-2) has found a role in Colorado after bouncing around the minors with the Yankees and Red Sox organizations this season. He allowed four hits and two walks over six innings in his fourth quality start since signing with the Rockies on Aug. 10.

"I can't say enough about the job that Kevin Millwood has done since he's arrived with us," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "He's competed extremely well. He's pitched very competitive innings. He knows what to do with a lead."

Notes

  • Weeks left for a pinch runner in the sixth. He's left early in each of the last three games as the team has limited his innings after he severely sprained his left ankle on July 27.
  • Rockies C Eliezer Alfonzo was suspended 100 games, becoming the first player suspended twice for performance-enhancing drugs under MLB's testing program.
  • Brewers radio broadcaster Bob Uecker said he plans to return for his 42nd season. The 76-year-old Uecker had two heart surgeries last year.
  • The Brewers have a day off Thursday before beginning a three-game series in Cincinnati. LHP Randy Wolf (12-9, 3.44 ERA) will face Reds RHP Bronson Arroyo (8-11, 5.28) in the opener.
  • Colorado returns home to face San Francisco beginning Thursday. RHP Jhoulys Chacin (11-11, 3.64) faces Giants RHP Ryan Vogelsong (10-7, 2.66).
 
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Carlos Gonzalez gets cheers from Mark Ellis at home plate after a homer in the third inning. (Getty Images)
Carlos Gonzalez gets cheers from Mark Ellis at home plate after a homer in the third inning. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Colorado

M. Ellis
AB 5
R 2
H 4
HR 0
RBI 1
Milwaukee

N. Morgan
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dexter Fowler, CF4210111 .270
Mark Ellis, 2B5241010 .251
Carlos Gonzalez, RF4113022 .297
Jason Giambi, 1B3010111 .268
    Chris Nelson, 3B1000012 .241
Seth Smith, LF3000102 .285
Jordan Pacheco, 3B-1B4010001 .296
Wilin Rosario, C4111022 .208
Thomas Field, SS4010002 .111
Kevin Millwood, P2000020 .143
    Matt Belisle, P0000000 .500
    Huston Street, P0000000 .000
    Rex Brothers, P0000000 .000
   a- Eric Young Jr., PH1010000 .238
    Rafael Betancourt, P0000000 .000
Totals356115310  
a-singled for Brothers in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jason Giambi (6, Marcum)
HR - Carlos Gonzalez (26, Marcum), Wilin Rosario (2, Marcum)
SF - Carlos Gonzalez (6)
SH - Kevin Millwood (2)
RBI - Mark Ellis (35), Carlos Gonzalez 3 (92), Wilin Rosario (3)
2-OUT RBI - Mark Ellis (9), Carlos Gonzalez 2 (36)
SB - Mark Ellis (12, 2nd base off Fiers/Lucroy)
CS - Eric Young Jr. (3, 2nd base by Fiers/Lucroy)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Ellis-Field-Giambi
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Kevin Millwood (W,3-2) 6422220 3.68
Matt Belisle 1100000 3.46
Huston Street 0.1200000 3.57
Rex Brothers (H,14) 0.2000010 3.19
Rafael Betancourt 1000010 3.03
WP - Kevin Millwood (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Kevin Millwood 92-54, Matt Belisle 11-6, Huston Street 13-8, Rex Brothers 7-7, Rafael Betancourt 15-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kevin Millwood 9-7, Matt Belisle 1-1, Rex Brothers 1-0, Rafael Betancourt 1-1
Batters Faced - Kevin Millwood 24, Matt Belisle 3, Huston Street 3, Rex Brothers 2, Rafael Betancourt 3
Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Corey Hart, RF4110022 .282
Nyjer Morgan, CF4121001 .308
Ryan Braun, LF4010001 .329
Prince Fielder, 1B3010112 .294
Rickie Weeks, 2B3000001 .271
    Jerry Hairston Jr., PR-2B1000002 .261
Casey McGehee, 3B4000002 .233
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS4020000 .251
Jonathan Lucroy, C4000012 .267
Shaun Marcum, P0000100 .145
   a- Taylor Green, PH1000000 .320
    Chris Narveson, P0000000 .149
   b- Mark Kotsay, PH1000001 .260
    Marco Estrada, P0000000 .250
    Michael Fiers, P0000000 .000
Totals3327124  
a-grounded out for Marcum in the 5th
b-grounded into a double play for Narveson in the 7th
Batting
3B - Corey Hart (4, Millwood)
RBI - Nyjer Morgan (35)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Rickie Weeks (14, Missed catch of throw)
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Shaun Marcum (L,12-7) 5865142 3.40
Chris Narveson 2000020 4.40
Marco Estrada 1100120 4.11
Michael Fiers 1200120 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Shaun Marcum 97-64, Chris Narveson 23-18, Marco Estrada 22-13, Michael Fiers 21-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Shaun Marcum 7-4, Chris Narveson 2-2
Batters Faced - Shaun Marcum 24, Chris Narveson 6, Marco Estrada 5, Michael Fiers 5
Game Information
Attendance - 38302
Game Time - 3:18
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Marvin Hudson, First Base - Brian Runge, Second Base - Ted Barrett, Third Base - Tim McClelland