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Rockies' Weiss earns first managerial win

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MILWAUKEE -- Carlos Gonzalez is happy to see Troy Tulowitzki back in the Colorado Rockies' lineup.

Gonzalez homered for the second straight game and drove in two runs to lead the Rockies over the Milwaukee Brewers 8-4 Tuesday night, giving Walt Weiss his first win as a major league manager.

Tulowitzki also homered for the second straight game and drove in two runs, giving him four RBI for the season.

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Tulowitzki is off to a quick start after missing the last four months of the 2012 season with an injured left groin that required surgery. The All-Star shortstop went 2 for 5 with a homer and two RBI in Monday's loss on opening day.

"It's great to have him out there," Gonzalez said. "Any team would want him on their side. He is one of those players that can win games all by himself."

Weiss, who posted his first victory, a year after managing his son's high school team, had a lot of praise for Tulowitzki and Gonzalez after the game.

"Tulowitzki looks great," Weiss said. "Having him and Carlos in the three and four hole is very nice. Those two guys are going to have to be the ones if we are going to make a push this year."

Gonzalez said he is seeing the ball well early in the season.

"I am not trying to hit home runs, but when pitchers make mistakes in this league, you have to make them pay," he said. "So far, I feel really good at the plate and it is paying off."

While the home runs were important, both Weiss and Gonzalez talked about the importance of the Rockies' three-run seventh inning that features four singles, a walk and a sacrifice fly.

"We really had some good at-bats tonight," Weiss said. "We did a little bit of everything out there. I know that if the game is close, our offense will do something."

Edgmer Escalona (1-0) pitched 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief for the victory.

Jorge De La Rosa started for Colorado and pitched 4 1/3 innings, giving up four runs and five hits. Rafael Betancourt got the last out to record his first save.

Marco Estrada started and went five innings for Milwaukee. He gave up four runs and nine hits and struck out eight.

Tulowitzki hit a solo homer in the third to make it 2-all. Gonzalez's two-run homer in the fifth tied it at 4.

The Rockies broke it open in the seventh off Brewers relievers Michael Gonzalez (0-1) and Burke Badenhop.

Dexter Fowler had a leadoff walk, Josh Rutledge bunted for a hit and Gonzalez singled to load the base. Tulowitzki's sacrifice fly put Colorado ahead, and Michael Cuddyer and Todd Helton added RBI singles.

Brewers manager Ron Roenicke was disappointed about the seventh inning.

"What do you do about an inning like that?" he said. "That's weird. You don't see too many innings that could go bad with really pretty good pitches. A bunt that maybe we should make a play on. The broken bat, I don't know what you do about that thing. It just didn't go well."

Roenicke said Estrada struggled with his command.

"His off-speed pitches, which he usually can get command of as the game goes along, he didn't get command of," he said.

Rutledge had a sacrifice fly in the eighth.

Chris Nelson's RBI single in the second gave the Rockies a 1-0 lead. Carlos Gomez's RBI double and Estrada's RBI single in the bottom half put Milwaukee ahead 2-1.

Ryan Braun hit a two-run shot into the right-field seats in the third, his first home run of the season.

Notes

  • Tulowitzki's home run was his 131st since 2007, the most among active shortstops.
  • Braun kept up his robust hitting against De La Rosa, going 1 for 2. Overall, Braun is 8 for 11 against him with two home runs and three doubles.
  • After drawing 45,781 fans Monday, the fifth-largest crowd in Miller Park history, Tuesday night's attendance was 24,753.
  • Brewers RHP Wily Peralta will close out the series on Wednesday against Rockies RHP Juan Nicasio.
 
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The Rockies take care of the Brewers to help Walt Weiss collect his first win as a major league manager. (USATSI)
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Milwaukee

R. Braun
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Colorado

C. Gonzalez
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Dexter Fowler, CF4110115 .444
Josh Rutledge, 2B4221011 .333
Carlos Gonzalez, LF5222022 .400
Troy Tulowitzki, SS4112011 .333
Michael Cuddyer, RF5131010 .300
Todd Helton, 1B5021001 .250
Chris Nelson, 3B4021011 .375
    Matt Belisle, P0000000 .000
    Wilton Lopez, P0000000 .000
    Rex Brothers, P0000000 .000
    Rafael Betancourt, P0000000 .000
Yorvit Torrealba, C3100112 .000
Jorge De La Rosa, P2000023 .000
    Edgmer Escalona, P1000010 .000
    Reid Brignac, 3B10100001.000
Totals388148211  
Batting
HR - Carlos Gonzalez (2, M. Estrada), Troy Tulowitzki (2, M. Estrada)
SF - Josh Rutledge (1), Troy Tulowitzki (1)
RBI - Josh Rutledge (1), Carlos Gonzalez 2 (3), Troy Tulowitzki 2 (4), Michael Cuddyer (1), Todd Helton (1), Chris Nelson (1)
2-OUT RBI - Troy Tulowitzki (1)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Michael Cuddyer 1
DP - Tulowitzki-Rutledge-Helton, Tulowitzki-Helton, Cuddyer-Tulowitzki
E - Reid Brignac (1, Throwing), Michael Cuddyer (1, Throwing)
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jorge De La Rosa 4.1544331 8.31
Edgmer Escalona (W,1-0) 1.2100110 0.00
Matt Belisle (H,2) 2100010 0.00
Wilton Lopez 0.1100000 20.25
Rex Brothers 0.1100000 0.00
Rafael Betancourt (S,1) 0.1000000 0.00
IBB - Segura by Jorge De La Rosa
Pitches-Strikes - Jorge De La Rosa 77-45, Edgmer Escalona 27-15, Matt Belisle 21-14, Wilton Lopez 4-4, Rex Brothers 10-5, Rafael Betancourt 3-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jorge De La Rosa 5-4, Matt Belisle 3-1, Rafael Betancourt 1-0
Batters Faced - Jorge De La Rosa 20, Edgmer Escalona 7, Matt Belisle 6, Wilton Lopez 2, Rex Brothers 2, Rafael Betancourt 1
Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Norichika Aoki, RF5020002 .333
Rickie Weeks, 2B3110203 .429
Ryan Braun, LF4112012 .250
Aramis Ramirez, 3B3110110 .429
Jonathan Lucroy, C4000013 .000
Alex Gonzalez, 1B4000002 .000
Carlos Gomez, CF4111000 .125
Jean Segura, SS3020100 .571
Marco Estrada, P2011010 .500
    Brandon Kintzler, P0000000 .000
   a- Khris Davis, PH1000011 .000
    Mike Gonzalez, P0000000 .000
    Burke Badenhop, P0000000 .000
    Tom Gorzelanny, P0000000 .000
    Chris Narveson, P0000000 .000
   b- Logan Schafer, PH0000000 .000
   c- Yuniesky Betancourt, PH1000001 .000
Totals3449445  
a-struck out for Kintzler in the 6th
b-announced for Narveson in the 9th
c-flied out for Schafer in the 9th
Batting
2B - Aramis Ramirez (2, De La Rosa), Carlos Gomez (1, De La Rosa)
HR - Ryan Braun (1, De La Rosa)
RBI - Ryan Braun 2 (3), Carlos Gomez (1), Marco Estrada (1)
2-OUT RBI - Carlos Gomez (1), Marco Estrada (1)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Badenhop-Weeks-A. Gonzalez
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Marco Estrada 5944082 7.20
Brandon Kintzler 1000030 0.00
Mike Gonzalez (L,0-1)0233100 0.00
Burke Badenhop 1200000 0.00
Tom Gorzelanny 1111100 9.00
Chris Narveson 1000000 0.00
WP - Tom Gorzelanny 2 (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Marco Estrada 89-60, Brandon Kintzler 11-9, Mike Gonzalez 7-3, Burke Badenhop 14-10, Tom Gorzelanny 17-8, Chris Narveson 17-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Marco Estrada 1-6, Burke Badenhop 1-1, Tom Gorzelanny 2-1, Chris Narveson 1-2
Batters Faced - Marco Estrada 24, Brandon Kintzler 3, Mike Gonzalez 3, Burke Badenhop 4, Tom Gorzelanny 5, Chris Narveson 3
Game Information
Attendance - 24753
Game Time - 3:22
Temperature - 63
Umpires - Home - Larry Vanover, First Base - Tony Randazzo, Second Base - Manny Gonzalez, Third Base - Wally Bell