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Brewers rally past Rockies; Peralta wins fifth start in a row

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MILWAUKEE -- Before the game, Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke insisted Rickie Weeks will still get playing time in a second-base platoon with hot-hitting Scooter Gennett for the first-place Brewers.

Weeks responded by knocking the first pitch from Colorado starter Christian Friedrich over the left-field wall. Weeks also singled in the third and laced a leadoff double in the fifth as the Brewers defeated the Rockies 7-4 on Thursday night.

"You've got to do what you've got to do. I'm a professional, so you've got to do your job and be ready and go out there and perform," Weeks said.

His performance impressed Roenicke.

"The first pitch he sees, he just turns on it. A great swing. He had a good night swinging the bat," Roenicke said.

Gennett leads National League second basemen in batting average, slugging percentage and OPS, but found himself on the bench as the Brewers faced a left-hander in Friedrich.

Not to be outdone, Gennett smacked a two-run, pinch-hit home run in the eighth.

Wily Peralta (9-5) won his fifth consecutive start for Milwaukee, but wasn't sharp at times. He allowed three consecutive singles in the fourth before Ryan Wheeler hit a grand slam that gave the Rockies a 4-3 lead.

Peralta gave up four runs and eight hits in six innings. He struck out seven and walked two in his second victory against the Rockies in less than a week.

"He can pitch better," Roenicke said. "I thought the last three outings that he's pitched well, but he's not locked in. He's still making good pitches, but he's struggling to get through the lineups."

Aramis Ramirez added a two-run homer in the first to stake the Brewers to a 3-0 lead.

In the fifth, Weeks led off with a double and moved to third on Ryan Braun's single. Weeks scored on Lucroy's single off the top of the wall in straightaway center. Drew Stubbs nearly caught the drive, keeping Braun from advancing beyond second base.

A sacrifice fly by Khris Davis put the Brewers ahead 5-4.

Francisco Rodriguez earned his major league-leading 26th save.

Friedrich (0-2) yielded five runs and nine hits over four innings. He struck out eight and walked one in his second start of the season -- both against the Brewers.

"I was getting behind batters and not really executing down in the zone," Friedrich said. "You just have to execute, especially when you're ahead."

Friedrich temporarily settled down after the rough first inning, striking out four consecutive batters during one stretch -- including all three in the second. But he ran into trouble again in the fifth, when the Brewers regained the lead.

"It's a tough recipe when your starter is out of the game before the sixth," Colorado manager Walt Weiss said.

The Rockies threatened in the seventh, loading the bases with two outs. Will Smith struck out Corey Dickerson to preserve Milwaukee's lead.

In the Colorado eighth, Michael McKenry led off with a double against Brandon Kintzler. After two groundouts, pinch-hitter Brandon Barnes struck out looking, leaving McKenry stranded at third. Kintzler pumped his arms and yelled as he left the mound.

"It was just a matter of the frustration of the leadoff double," Kintzler said. "Obviously, my whole season has been frustrating, so to walk into the dugout on a positive note, I let my emotions out."

Notes

Weeks hit his 26th career leadoff home run. ... Wheeler's grand slam was the first of his career and only his third home run in three seasons of limited action with the Rockies. ... Colorado catcher Wilin Rosario left with lower back tightness. ... Rockies reliever Boone Logan (left elbow inflammation) made a rehab appearance for Triple-A Colorado Springs. ... Milwaukee's Kyle Lohse (9-2) will face Tyler Matzek (1-2) on Friday in the second of a four-game series.

 
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Scooter Gennett celebrates with Brewers teammates after hitting a two-run homer in the eighth inning.  (Getty Images)
Scooter Gennett celebrates with Brewers teammates after hitting a two-run homer in the eighth inning. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Colorado

R. Wheeler
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
Milwaukee

R. Weeks
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Colorado Rockies
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Charlie Blackmon, RF5010021 .304
Drew Stubbs, CF4010110 .290
Justin Morneau, 1B5120012 .307
Troy Tulowitzki, SS2110201 .352
Corey Dickerson, LF4110024 .354
Wilin Rosario, C2000113 .246
   Michael McKenry, C1010000 .313
Ryan Wheeler, 3B4124012 .273
DJ LeMahieu, 2B4010003 .266
Christian Friedrich, P2000011 .250
   Rob Scahill, P0000000 .000
   a-Josh Rutledge, PH1000000 .282
   Matt Belisle, P0000000 .000
   b-Brandon Barnes, PH1000011 .270
   Tommy Kahnle, P0000000 .000
Totals354104410  
a-lined out for Scahill in the 7th
b-struck out for Belisle in the 8th
Batting
2B - Justin Morneau (19, Peralta), Michael McKenry (5, Kintzler)
HR - Ryan Wheeler (2, Peralta)
RBI - Ryan Wheeler 4 (12)
SB - DJ LeMahieu (8, 2nd base off Peralta/Lucroy)
CS - Drew Stubbs (1, 2nd base by Peralta/Lucroy)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Wheeler
PB - Michael McKenry (2), Wilin Rosario (6)
Colorado Rockies
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Christian Friedrich (L,0-2) 4955182 8.10
Rob Scahill 2000210 0.00
Matt Belisle 1100000 4.36
Tommy Kahnle 1222101 2.55
WP - Christian Friedrich (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Christian Friedrich 87-60, Rob Scahill 38-22, Matt Belisle 12-9, Tommy Kahnle 23-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rob Scahill 1-4, Matt Belisle 1-2, Tommy Kahnle 1-2
Batters Faced - Christian Friedrich 21, Rob Scahill 8, Matt Belisle 4, Tommy Kahnle 6
Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Rickie Weeks, 2B5231001 .276
   Francisco Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
Ryan Braun, RF3220201 .284
Jonathan Lucroy, C5011012 .328
Carlos Gomez, CF4010014 .311
Aramis Ramirez, 3B3122101 .296
Khris Davis, LF3011011 .257
Mark Reynolds, 1B4110034 .216
Jean Segura, SS3000012 .245
Wily Peralta, P2000022 .067
   a-Lyle Overbay, PH0000100 .238
   Robert Wooten, P0000000 .000
   Will Smith, P0000000 .000
   Brandon Kintzler, P0000000 .000
   b-Scooter Gennett, PH-2B1112000 .311
Totals33712749  
a-walked for Peralta in the 6th
b-homered for Kintzler in the 8th
Batting
2B - Rickie Weeks (7, Friedrich)
HR - Rickie Weeks (3, Friedrich), Aramis Ramirez (11, Friedrich), Scooter Gennett (6, Kahnle)
SF - Khris Davis (3)
SH - Jean Segura (6)
RBI - Rickie Weeks (15), Jonathan Lucroy (40), Aramis Ramirez 2 (40), Khris Davis (42), Scooter Gennett 2 (27)
2-OUT RBI - Aramis Ramirez 2 (18)
SB - Ryan Braun (8, 2nd base off Kahnle/McKenry), Carlos Gomez (13, 2nd base off Belisle/McKenry)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Segura-Weeks-Reynolds
E - Khris Davis (2, Misplayed grounder)
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Wily Peralta (W,9-5) 6844271 3.20
Robert Wooten (H,10) 0.1100100 4.32
Will Smith (H,19) 0.2000120 1.43
Brandon Kintzler (H,8) 1100010 3.30
Francisco Rodriguez (S,26) 1000000 2.23
Pitches-Strikes - Wily Peralta 102-65, Robert Wooten 17-8, Will Smith 14-9, Brandon Kintzler 12-10, Francisco Rodriguez 9-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wily Peralta 4-5, Brandon Kintzler 2-0, Francisco Rodriguez 2-1
Batters Faced - Wily Peralta 26, Robert Wooten 3, Will Smith 3, Brandon Kintzler 4, Francisco Rodriguez 3
Game Information
Attendance - 27056
Game Time - 3:50
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Hal Gibson, First Base - Dale Scott, Second Base - Dan Iassogna, Third Base - C.B. Bucknor