Aguilar's go-ahead HR in 9th lifts Brewers over Rockies 6-3

DENVER (AP) Jesus Aguilar went to the plate as a pinch-hitter, ready for a steady diet of breaking balls from Greg Holland. Colorado's closer obliged, and the big right-hander made him pay with a game-turning drive.

Aguilar connected for a go-ahead home run with two outs in the ninth inning and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Rockies 6-3 Saturday night for their fifth win in six games.

Aguilar didn't look for a fastball.

''Never,'' he said through a translator. ''He throws all off speeds. Just looking for that.''

It was 3-all when Holland (2-4) hit Keon Broxton with an 0-2 pitch with one out in the ninth. Aguilar hit his 12th homer an estimated 449 feet into the left-center field bleachers.

''I threw him a few quality pitches at the bottom of the zone that were balls that he didn't offer at,'' Holland said. ''At 3-2 with first base open, I know it's a tie game but you can't throw a pitch, a hanging slider, after he's already seen five. It was just bad execution on my part.''

Milwaukee added another run as Eric Thames walked, stole second and Neil Walker's RBI single chased Holland.

''If we would have scored one run that would have been great but their lineup is stacked up and down, so to add two, three runs was huge,'' Thames said.

Travis Shaw also homered for the Brewers.

DJ LeMahieu got three hits and Trevor Story had two doubles for Colorado. The Rockies remained a game ahead of Arizona for the NL's first wild card and 4 1-2 up on Milwaukee.

Anthony Swarzak (2-0) tossed one inning to get his second win since being acquired from the Chicago White Sox on July 26th. Corey Knebel got the last three outs for his 25th save.

The Rockies lost for the first time in 12 home games that Chad Bettis has started. Bettis, who pitched seven scoreless innings Monday in his first start since undergoing cancer treatment, went seven innings again and gave up three runs - all in the third.

Milwaukee starter Brandon Woodruff got his first career hit to lead off and came around on Thames' triple. Thames scored on Ryan Braun's sacrifice fly and Shaw homered into the Colorado bullpen to make it 3-0.

''The third inning, it got a little out of hand,'' Bettis said. ''Just didn't execute some pitches that I needed to.''

The Rockies got one back on Jonathan Lucroy's RBI single in the fourth, and then tied it in the seventh off Milwaukee's bullpen. Charlie Blackmon had an RBI single, stole second and scored on LeMahieu's single.

Woodruff retired the first two batters in the fifth but was pulled after walking Nolan Arenado. Josh Hader got Gerardo Parra to pop out to end the inning.

The Brewers managed just two hits after the third inning until Aguilar came through.

''Jesus Aguilar, just a sensational at-bat,'' manager Craig Counsell said. ''He saw six sliders and finally got one he could do something with. Just a great at-bat in a really big spot.''

TOUGH STRETCH

Holland is tied for the major league lead in saves with 35 but he has struggled lately. He blew saves in consecutive games in the last two weeks after converting 34 of his first 35 chances.

After surrendering three runs Saturday, he has allowed nine earned runs in 6 1-3 innings in August.

''It's just one of those things where I've made a lot of mistakes. They've cost us,'' Holland said.

TWO TIMES

LeMahieu helped Bettis to a clean inning in the fifth with his Gold Glove defense at second base. First, he ranged up the middle to field Braun's grounder, and then threw across his body to get him by half a step. Shaw then lofted a soft liner into right and LeMahieu made a running, leaping catch to end the inning.

UP NEXT

Brewers: RHP Chase Anderson (6-2, 2.89) is expected to be activated from the 10-day disabled list to make his 17th start. Anderson has been out since suffering an oblique strain June 28.

Rockies: LHP Kyle Freeland (11-7, 3.74) returned from the DL (left groin strain) and tossed six innings in a no-decision against Atlanta on Tuesday.

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  • W: A. Swarzak (6-3)L: G. Holland (2-4)S: C. Knebel (25)
  • HR: MIL - J. Aguilar (12), T. Shaw (27)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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E. Thames 1B42110111.245.361.525.8858.5
N. Walker 2B40110111.275.350.451.8011.5
R. Braun LF30110100.290.363.532.8963.0
T. Shaw 3B51111014.289.361.553.9145.5
H. Perez RF40200010.260.288.427.7151.5
S. Vogt C30100021.228.295.418.7131.0
C. Knebel P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
K. Broxton CF21000011.227.305.466.7721.5
O. Arcia SS40000013.281.324.420.744-0.5
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J. Hader P10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Barnes P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
A. Swarzak P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- J. Aguilar PH11121000.266.333.498.8317.0
M. Pina C00000000.287.330.452.7820.0
  • a-homered for Swarzak in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Blackmon CF41110100.337.399.6231.0226.0
D. LeMahieu 2B40310100.314.374.394.7685.0
N. Arenado 3B40100104.311.364.591.9552.0
G. Parra LF41100024.343.369.522.8911.0
M. Reynolds 1B40100012.277.367.506.8730.5
C. Gonzalez RF30100102.239.307.359.6652.0
J. Lucroy C40110002.254.324.353.6772.0
T. Story SS41200012.227.305.425.7314.5
C. Bettis P20000022.000.250.000.250-1.0
a- P. Valaika PH10000011.271.298.549.847-0.5
P. Neshek P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- M. Tauchman PH10000011.200.429.200.629-0.5
G. Holland P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
S. Oberg P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-struck out for Bettis in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Neshek in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - S. Vogt (10)
  • 3B - E. Thames (3)
  • HR - T. Shaw (27), J. Aguilar (12)
  • SF - R. Braun
  • SH - S. Vogt, K. Broxton
  • RBI - E. Thames (52), N. Walker (40), R. Braun (38), T. Shaw (80), J. Aguilar 2 (41)
  • 2-Out RBI - N. Walker (16), T. Shaw (24), J. Aguilar 2 (13)
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Story 2 (16)
  • RBI - C. Blackmon (78), D. LeMahieu (52), J. Lucroy (30)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - E. Thames (4)
  • CS - N. Walker (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - C. Blackmon (12)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. Woodruff4.25113401.621.385.0
J. Hader1.23220201.331.22-1.0
J. Barnes (BS, 5)0.22000103.931.33-1.5
A. Swarzak (W, 6-3)1.01000102.221.029.5
C. Knebel (S, 25)1.00001001.391.159.0
PITCHERSIP
B. Woodruff4.2
J. Hader1.2
J. Barnes (BS, 5)0.2
A. Swarzak (W, 6-3)1.0
C. Knebel (S, 25)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Bettis7.08331611.931.0715.0
P. Neshek1.00000101.490.913.5
G. Holland (L, 2-4)0.22331113.221.21-10.5
S. Oberg0.10001005.861.77-1.0
PITCHERSIP
C. Bettis7.0
P. Neshek1.0
G. Holland (L, 2-4)0.2
S. Oberg0.1
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. Woodruff 81-48, J. Hader 21-15, J. Barnes 15-11, A. Swarzak 16-12, C. Knebel 15-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Woodruff 6-3, J. Hader 1-1, A. Swarzak 2-0, C. Knebel 1-1
  • Batters Faced - B. Woodruff 21, J. Hader 7, J. Barnes 4, A. Swarzak 4, C. Knebel 3
PITCHING
  • HBP - G. Holland
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Bettis 92-64, P. Neshek 10-9, G. Holland 25-11, S. Oberg 10-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Bettis 9-5, G. Holland 1-0
  • Batters Faced - C. Bettis 29, P. Neshek 3, G. Holland 6, S. Oberg 2
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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E. Thames 1B42110111.245.361.525.8858.5
N. Walker 2B40110111.275.350.451.8011.5
R. Braun LF30110100.290.363.532.8963.0
T. Shaw 3B51111014.289.361.553.9145.5
H. Perez RF40200010.260.288.427.7151.5
S. Vogt C30100021.228.295.418.7131.0
C. Knebel P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
K. Broxton CF21000011.227.305.466.7721.5
O. Arcia SS40000013.281.324.420.744-0.5
B. Woodruff P21200000.500.500.5001.0003.0
J. Hader P10000000.000.000.000.0000.0
J. Barnes P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
A. Swarzak P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
a- J. Aguilar PH11121000.266.333.498.8317.0
M. Pina C00000000.287.330.452.7820.0
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  • a-homered for Swarzak in the 9th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Blackmon CF41110100.337.399.6231.0226.0
D. LeMahieu 2B40310100.314.374.394.7685.0
N. Arenado 3B40100104.311.364.591.9552.0
G. Parra LF41100024.343.369.522.8911.0
M. Reynolds 1B40100012.277.367.506.8730.5
C. Gonzalez RF30100102.239.307.359.6652.0
J. Lucroy C40110002.254.324.353.6772.0
T. Story SS41200012.227.305.425.7314.5
C. Bettis P20000022.000.250.000.250-1.0
a- P. Valaika PH10000011.271.298.549.847-0.5
P. Neshek P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- M. Tauchman PH10000011.200.429.200.629-0.5
G. Holland P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
S. Oberg P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
Total35311304820-----
  • a-struck out for Bettis in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Neshek in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - S. Vogt (10)
  • 3B - E. Thames (3)
  • HR - T. Shaw (27), J. Aguilar (12)
  • SF - R. Braun
  • SH - S. Vogt, K. Broxton
  • RBI - E. Thames (52), N. Walker (40), R. Braun (38), T. Shaw (80), J. Aguilar 2 (41)
  • 2-Out RBI - N. Walker (16), T. Shaw (24), J. Aguilar 2 (13)
BATTING
  • 2B - T. Story 2 (16)
  • RBI - C. Blackmon (78), D. LeMahieu (52), J. Lucroy (30)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - E. Thames (4)
  • CS - N. Walker (2)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - C. Blackmon (12)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
B. Woodruff4.25113401.621.385.0
J. Hader1.23220201.331.22-1.0
J. Barnes (BS, 5)0.22000103.931.33-1.5
A. Swarzak (W, 6-3)1.01000102.221.029.5
C. Knebel (S, 25)1.00001001.391.159.0
Total9.01133480---
PITCHERSIP
B. Woodruff4.2
J. Hader1.2
J. Barnes (BS, 5)0.2
A. Swarzak (W, 6-3)1.0
C. Knebel (S, 25)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Bettis7.08331611.931.0715.0
P. Neshek1.00000101.490.913.5
G. Holland (L, 2-4)0.22331113.221.21-10.5
S. Oberg0.10001005.861.77-1.0
Total9.01066382---
PITCHERSIP
C. Bettis7.0
P. Neshek1.0
G. Holland (L, 2-4)0.2
S. Oberg0.1
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - B. Woodruff 81-48, J. Hader 21-15, J. Barnes 15-11, A. Swarzak 16-12, C. Knebel 15-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - B. Woodruff 6-3, J. Hader 1-1, A. Swarzak 2-0, C. Knebel 1-1
  • Batters Faced - B. Woodruff 21, J. Hader 7, J. Barnes 4, A. Swarzak 4, C. Knebel 3
PITCHING
  • HBP - G. Holland
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Bettis 92-64, P. Neshek 10-9, G. Holland 25-11, S. Oberg 10-5
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Bettis 9-5, G. Holland 1-0
  • Batters Faced - C. Bettis 29, P. Neshek 3, G. Holland 6, S. Oberg 2
  • 9TH INNING
    Walker singled to right, Thames scored63
    Aguilar homered to center, Broxton scored53
  • 7TH INNING
    LeMahieu singled to left center, Blackmon scored33
    Blackmon singled to left center, Story scored32
  • 4TH INNING
    Lucroy singled to right center, Parra scored, Reynolds to second31
  • 3RD INNING
    Shaw homered to right center30
    Braun hit sacrifice fly to center, Thames scored20
    Thames tripled to deep right center, Woodruff scored10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Greg Holland pitching
    • S. Vogt: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Vogt struck out swinging
    • K. Broxton: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Broxton hit by pitch
    • O. Arcia: Ball, Ball, Arcia grounded out to third, Broxton to second
    • Jesus Aguilar hit for Anthony Swarzak
    • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Aguilar homered to center, Broxton scored
    • E. Thames: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Thames walked
    • N. Walker: Ball, Thames stole second, Ball, Strike looking, Walker singled to right, Thames scored
    • Scott Oberg relieved Greg Holland
    • R. Braun: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Braun walked, Walker to second
    • T. Shaw: Foul, Foul, Ball, Shaw flied out to left
    • Middle of the 9th (3 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Corey Knebel pitching
    • Manny Pina catching
    • C. Blackmon: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Blackmon flied out to center
    • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, LeMahieu walked
    • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Ball, Arenado grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, LeMahieu out at second
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Pat Neshek pitching
    • R. Braun: Strike swinging, Ball, Braun flied out to right
    • T. Shaw: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Shaw flied out to center
    • H. Perez: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Anthony Swarzak relieved Jacob Barnes
    • C. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Ball, Gonzalez grounded out to first
    • J. Lucroy: Foul, Foul, Lucroy grounded out to second
    • T. Story: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Story doubled to deep right center
    • Mike Tauchman hit for Pat Neshek
    • M. Tauchman: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Tauchman struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • C. Bettis Pitching:
    • J. Hader: Ball, Hader grounded out to third
    • E. Thames: Foul, Thames grounded out to second
    • N. Walker: Ball, Foul, Walker popped out to second
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Hader Pitching:
    • T. Story: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Story doubled to shallow left
    • Pat Valaika hit for Chad Bettis
    • P. Valaika: Strike swinging, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Valaika struck out swinging
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Blackmon singled to left center, Story scored
    • Jacob Barnes relieved Josh Hader
    • D. LeMahieu: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Blackmon stole second, Foul, LeMahieu singled to left center, Blackmon scored
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Arenado singled to right, LeMahieu to third
    • G. Parra: Strike (foul tip), Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Parra struck out swinging
    • M. Reynolds: Ball, Reynolds flied out to deep left
    • End of the 7th (2 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • C. Bettis Pitching:
    • H. Perez: Strike looking, Perez singled to left
    • S. Vogt: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Vogt hit sacrifice bunt to catcher, Perez to second
    • K. Broxton: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Broxton struck out swinging
    • O. Arcia: Foul, Arcia grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • J. Hader Pitching:
    • M. Reynolds: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Reynolds struck out looking
    • C. Gonzalez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gonzalez singled to left
    • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Lucroy grounded into double play pitcher to shortstop to first, Gonzalez out at second
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • C. Bettis Pitching:
    • N. Walker: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Walker struck out swinging
    • R. Braun: Foul, Braun grounded out to second
    • T. Shaw: Ball, Shaw lined out to second
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Woodruff Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Blackmon grounded bunt out to third
    • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Strike looking, LeMahieu grounded out to third
    • N. Arenado: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Arenado walked
    • Josh Hader relieved Brandon Woodruff
    • G. Parra: Ball, Parra fouled out to third
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • C. Bettis Pitching:
    • K. Broxton: Ball, Ball, Broxton grounded out to pitcher
    • O. Arcia: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Arcia struck out swinging
    • B. Woodruff: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Woodruff singled to center
    • E. Thames: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Thames grounded out to second
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • B. Woodruff Pitching:
    • G. Parra: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Parra singled to left center
    • M. Reynolds: Ball, Strike looking, Reynolds singled to left center, Parra to second
    • C. Gonzalez: Gonzalez flied out to deep right, Parra to third
    • J. Lucroy: Ball, Strike looking, Lucroy singled to right center, Parra scored, Reynolds to second
    • T. Story: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Story struck out swinging
    • C. Bettis: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Bettis struck out looking
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • C. Bettis Pitching:
    • B. Woodruff: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Woodruff singled to center
    • E. Thames: Strike looking, Thames tripled to deep right center, Woodruff scored
    • N. Walker: Walker flied out to right
    • R. Braun: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Braun hit sacrifice fly to center, Thames scored
    • T. Shaw: Ball, Shaw homered to right center
    • H. Perez: Perez singled to right
    • S. Vogt: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Vogt struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 3rd (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • B. Woodruff Pitching:
    • T. Story: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Story flied out to deep center
    • C. Bettis: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bettis struck out swinging
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Blackmon walked
    • D. LeMahieu: Pickoff attempt, LeMahieu singled to right, Blackmon to second
    • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Arenado reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, LeMahieu out at second
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • C. Bettis Pitching:
    • H. Perez: Perez grounded out to pitcher
    • S. Vogt: Strike looking, Ball, Vogt doubled to deep center
    • K. Broxton: Ball, Broxton hit sacrifice bunt to catcher, Vogt to third
    • O. Arcia: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Arcia flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • B. Woodruff Pitching:
    • M. Reynolds: Reynolds lined out to right
    • C. Gonzalez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gonzalez walked
    • J. Lucroy: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Lucroy grounded into double play shortstop to first, Gonzalez out at second
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • C. Bettis Pitching:
    • E. Thames: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul tip, Thames struck out on foul tip
    • N. Walker: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Walker walked
    • R. Braun: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Braun singled to right, Walker to third
    • T. Shaw: Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Walker caught stealing, catcher to shortstop to catcher
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • B. Woodruff Pitching:
    • C. Blackmon: Ball, Ball, Foul, Blackmon grounded out to shortstop
    • D. LeMahieu: Strike looking, Ball, LeMahieu singled to right
    • N. Arenado: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Arenado grounded out to third, LeMahieu to second
    • G. Parra: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Parra struck out swinging
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)