Aguilar busts out with 2 HR, Brewers beat Rox without Yelich

MILWAUKEE (AP) After finally rediscovering his home run stroke, Jesus Aguilar is going to treat himself to some well-deserved rest.

The struggling slugger hit his first two homers of the season and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Colorado Rockies 5-1 Monday night with NL MVP Christian Yelich sidelined by lower back soreness.

''This is going to be the first night where I'm going to sleep good,'' Aguilar said. ''There's been a lot of nights where I've come back home thinking about hitting, watch video and all of that stuff. Tonight's going to be one of those nights where I can be relaxed.''

Zach Davies allowed an unearned run in 5 1/3 innings, and Milwaukee opened a 10-game homestand with a breakout game from its beefy first baseman.

Aguilar entered hitting .123 after accruing 35 homers and 108 RBIs last season. He had a three-run homer in the first and added a solo shot in the third, both off Kyle Freeland. Aguilar also singled in the eighth and had four RBIs.

''It gave everybody a great big smile,'' Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. ''I think everybody felt like they could take a deep breath. He's gone through a tough stretch, there's no question about. And, you know it's going to come eventually, I think everybody wants it to come and nobody wanted it more than Aggie to come, and I'm glad that it came with a couple runners on base.''

Davies (3-0) allowed three hits and lowered his ERA to 1.38. He struck out two and walked three. Alex Claudio, Jay Jackson and Donnie Hart combined to retire 11 of the final 12 hitters.

''It's not overpowering stuff but he locates it well, he changes speeds and he keeps you off-balance,'' Rockies manager Bud Black said. ''There's movement in the hitting area that keeps the good part of the bat from the ball. He's sort of a classic pitcher's pitcher.''

Freeland (2-4), who had been sidelined with a blister on his left middle finger, came off the injured list and allowed five runs and six hits in six innings in his first start since April 18.

''My location wasn't there like it usually is,'' Freeland said. ''They weren't really cueing on fastballs in. They were laying off them pretty well. I know this team wants fastball out and over. They weren't cueing on stuff inside so we had to start mixing it up and I started missing in the middle of the zone and they were tagging it.''

Yelich was pulled from Milwaukee's 5-2 loss to the Mets on Sunday after injuring his back running the bases. Counsell said Yelich was feeling better, but the team planned to be cautious. Yelich missed time last June with a similar issue.

The Rockies snapped a 24-inning scoreless streak against the Brewers with a run in the sixth on a walk to Daniel Murphy, an error by shortstop Orlando Arcia and David Dahl's RBI single off Davies' glove.

Milwaukee has won 11 of its last 13 against Colorado, including a sweep in last season's NL Division Series with shutouts in the final two games.

Aguilar, who had just five RBIs and two extra-base hits in his first 73 at-bats, put the Brewers up 3-0. Lorenzo Cain doubled to open, and Ryan Braun drew a one-walk. Aguilar then sent a 1-1 pitch from Freeland out to center.

Rockies center fielder Ian Desmond prevented an extra-base hit by Yasmani Grandal to end the fourth with a sensational diving catch after a long run into the gap in left-center.

Desmond the led off the fifth and was ejected by home plate umpire Jeff Nelson after a lengthy discussion following a called third strike.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rockies: RHP D.J. Johnson was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque.

Brewers: RHP Aaron Wilkerson was placed on the 10-day injured list with a left foot contusion.

BREWERS MOVES

Hart and Jackson were called up from Triple-A San Antonio, and RHP Alex Wilson was designated for assignment. Jackson struck out Nolan Arenado in the eighth, the only batter he faced, in his first appearance in the majors since 2015 with San Diego.

UP NEXT

Rockies: RHP German Marquez (3-1, 2.54 ERA) starts the second game of the four-game series. Has pitched at least five innings in each of his six starts and has the Rockies only complete game.

Brewers: RHP Jhoulys Chacin (2-3, 6.35 ERA) won 15 games last season, but is 0-3 with a 7.64 ERA over his last four starts. He has given up two homers three times this season.

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  • W: Z. Davies (3-0)L: K. Freeland (2-4)
  • HR: MIL - J. Aguilar 2 (2)
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R. McMahon 2B30000102.238.333.365.6981.0
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R. Tapia LF20000012.262.304.554.858-0.5
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H. Perez 2B40000013.212.268.404.672-0.5
B. Gamel RF30100112.269.387.404.7911.5
O. Arcia SS30110001.232.284.400.6842.0
Z. Davies P20000022.083.154.083.237-1.0
T. Shaw 3B10000000.189.280.347.6280.0
    BATTING
    • SH - K. Freeland
    • RBI - D. Dahl (8)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Blackmon, T. Story, D. Murphy, N. Arenado, R. Tapia 2 (2), T. Wolters
    BATTING
    • 2B - L. Cain (8)
    • HR - J. Aguilar 2 (2)
    • RBI - J. Aguilar 4 (9), O. Arcia (11)
    • 2-Out RBI - O. Arcia (5)
    • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. Gamel 2 (2), O. Arcia, Z. Davies 2 (2)
    FIELDING
    • E - O. Arcia (2)
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    K. Freeland (L, 2-4)6.06552324.811.221.5
    C. Bettis2.02000106.751.704.5
    PITCHERSIP
    K. Freeland (L, 2-4)6.0
    C. Bettis2.0
    PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
    Z. Davies (W, 3-0)5.13103201.381.3217.0
    A. Claudio (H, 7)2.01000304.111.116.5
    J. Jackson0.10000100.000.00-
    D. Hart1.10000100.001.643.5
    PITCHERSIP
    Z. Davies (W, 3-0)5.1
    A. Claudio (H, 7)2.0
    J. Jackson0.1
    D. Hart1.1
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - K. Freeland 84-52, C. Bettis 23-18
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Freeland 7-8, C. Bettis 3-2
    • Batters Faced - K. Freeland 26, C. Bettis 8
    PITCHING
    • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Davies 96-60, A. Claudio 25-18, J. Jackson 4-3, D. Hart 11-7
    • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Davies 8-7, A. Claudio 2-1, D. Hart 3-0
    • Batters Faced - Z. Davies 23, A. Claudio 7, J. Jackson, D. Hart 4
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    C. Blackmon RF40000003.279.331.459.7900.0
    T. Story SS40000012.289.354.535.889-0.5
    D. Murphy 1B21000211.226.294.484.7782.5
    N. Arenado 3B40000012.270.312.496.808-0.5
    D. Dahl LF-CF40110010.333.369.564.9331.5
    R. McMahon 2B30000102.238.333.365.6981.0
    I. Desmond CF20000011.193.234.341.575-0.5
    R. Tapia LF20000012.262.304.554.858-0.5
    T. Wolters C30100011.281.364.386.7500.5
    a- M. Reynolds PH10000000.192.333.385.7180.0
    K. Freeland P10100000.167.375.167.5421.0
    b- G. Hampson PH10100000.184.203.276.4791.0
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    • a-grounded out for Wolters in the 9th
    • b-singled for Freeland in the 7th
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
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    Y. Grandal C40000001.281.356.506.8620.0
    D. Hart P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
    R. Braun LF31100100.200.255.389.6443.0
    J. Aguilar 1B42342000.156.241.260.50115.0
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    O. Arcia SS30110001.232.284.400.6842.0
    Z. Davies P20000022.083.154.083.237-1.0
    T. Shaw 3B10000000.189.280.347.6280.0
    Total3258522411-----
      BATTING
      • SH - K. Freeland
      • RBI - D. Dahl (8)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Blackmon, T. Story, D. Murphy, N. Arenado, R. Tapia 2 (2), T. Wolters
      BATTING
      • 2B - L. Cain (8)
      • HR - J. Aguilar 2 (2)
      • RBI - J. Aguilar 4 (9), O. Arcia (11)
      • 2-Out RBI - O. Arcia (5)
      • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - B. Gamel 2 (2), O. Arcia, Z. Davies 2 (2)
      FIELDING
      • E - O. Arcia (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      K. Freeland (L, 2-4)6.06552324.811.221.5
      C. Bettis2.02000106.751.704.5
      Total8.0855242---
      PITCHERSIP
      K. Freeland (L, 2-4)6.0
      C. Bettis2.0
      Total8.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      Z. Davies (W, 3-0)5.13103201.381.3217.0
      A. Claudio (H, 7)2.01000304.111.116.5
      J. Jackson0.10000100.000.00-
      D. Hart1.10000100.001.643.5
      Total9.0410370---
      PITCHERSIP
      Z. Davies (W, 3-0)5.1
      A. Claudio (H, 7)2.0
      J. Jackson0.1
      D. Hart1.1
      Total9.0
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - K. Freeland 84-52, C. Bettis 23-18
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - K. Freeland 7-8, C. Bettis 3-2
      • Batters Faced - K. Freeland 26, C. Bettis 8
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - Z. Davies 96-60, A. Claudio 25-18, J. Jackson 4-3, D. Hart 11-7
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Z. Davies 8-7, A. Claudio 2-1, D. Hart 3-0
      • Batters Faced - Z. Davies 23, A. Claudio 7, J. Jackson, D. Hart 4
      • 6TH INNING
        Dahl singled to center, Murphy scored, Arenado to second15
      • 3RD INNING
        Aguilar homered to right05
      • 1ST INNING
        Arcia singled to center, Moustakas scored, Gamel to third04
        Aguilar homered to center, Cain and Braun scored03
      • 9TH INNING
        • D. Hart Pitching:
        • R. McMahon: McMahon grounded out to third
        • R. Tapia: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Tapia struck out swinging
        • Mark Reynolds hit for Tony Wolters
        • M. Reynolds: Reynolds grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 8TH INNING
        • A. Claudio Pitching:
        • D. Murphy: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Murphy struck out swinging
        • Jay Jackson relieved Alex Claudio
        • N. Arenado: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Arenado struck out swinging
        • Manny Pina catching
        • Donnie Hart pitching
        • D. Dahl: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Dahl grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • C. Bettis Pitching:
        • R. Braun: Braun reached on an infield single to shortstop
        • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Aguilar singled to right, Braun to third
        • M. Pina: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Pina lined out to shortstop
        • H. Perez: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
        • B. Gamel: Ball, Gamel reached on fielder's choice to first, Aguilar out at second
        • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 7TH INNING
        • A. Claudio Pitching:
        • T. Wolters: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Wolters struck out looking
        • Garrett Hampson hit for Kyle Freeland
        • G. Hampson: Foul, Ball, Hampson singled to right
        • C. Blackmon: Ball, Blackmon grounded out to shortstop, Hampson to second
        • T. Story: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Story struck out swinging
        • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Chad Bettis pitching
        • T. Shaw: Ball, Ball, Shaw grounded out to first
        • L. Cain: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Cain lined out to first
        • Y. Grandal: Grandal lined out to pitcher
        • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 6TH INNING
        • Z. Davies Pitching:
        • T. Story: Ball, Story grounded out to shortstop
        • D. Murphy: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Murphy walked
        • N. Arenado: Ball, Foul, Foul, Arenado reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Murphy to second on shortstop Arcia fielding error
        • D. Dahl: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Dahl singled to center, Murphy scored, Arenado to second
        • Alex Claudio pitching
        • Travis Shaw at third base
        • R. McMahon: McMahon grounded out to first, Arenado to third, Dahl to second
        • R. Tapia: Strike looking, Ball, Tapia flied out to center
        • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
        • K. Freeland Pitching:
        • H. Perez: Perez flied out to center
        • B. Gamel: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, Gamel struck out looking
        • O. Arcia: Arcia grounded out to shortstop
        • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 5TH INNING
        • Z. Davies Pitching:
        • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Desmond struck out looking
        • T. Wolters: Wolters singled to right center
        • K. Freeland: Freeland hit sacrifice bunt to first, Wolters to second
        • C. Blackmon: Blackmon grounded out to second
        • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • Raimel Tapia in left field
        • R. Braun: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Braun grounded out to shortstop
        • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Aguilar grounded out to second
        • M. Moustakas: Ball, Strike swinging, Moustakas grounded out to second
        • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 4TH INNING
        • Z. Davies Pitching:
        • N. Arenado: Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Arenado grounded out to second
        • D. Dahl: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Dahl fouled out to shortstop
        • R. McMahon: McMahon grounded out to shortstop
        • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • K. Freeland Pitching:
        • Z. Davies: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Davies struck out swinging
        • L. Cain: Ball, Cain grounded out to first
        • Y. Grandal: Ball, Grandal lined out to center
        • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 3RD INNING
        • Z. Davies Pitching:
        • K. Freeland: Ball, Ball, Freeland reached on bunt single to pitcher
        • C. Blackmon: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Blackmon lined out to shortstop
        • T. Story: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Story lined out to center
        • D. Murphy: Murphy lined out to right
        • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
        • K. Freeland Pitching:
        • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Ball, Aguilar homered to right
        • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Ball, Moustakas lined out to second
        • H. Perez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Perez grounded out to pitcher
        • B. Gamel: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Gamel walked
        • O. Arcia: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Arcia flied out to deep left
        • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
      • 2ND INNING
        • Z. Davies Pitching:
        • D. Dahl: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Dahl struck out swinging
        • R. McMahon: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, McMahon walked
        • I. Desmond: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Desmond flied out to deep right
        • T. Wolters: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Wolters flied out to deep right
        • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • K. Freeland Pitching:
        • L. Cain: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Cain lined out to second
        • Y. Grandal: Foul, Foul, Grandal grounded out to shortstop
        • R. Braun: Ball, Braun flied out to deep center
        • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
      • 1ST INNING
        • Z. Davies Pitching:
        • C. Blackmon: Ball, Foul, Ball, Blackmon flied out to right
        • T. Story: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Story grounded out to second
        • D. Murphy: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Murphy walked
        • N. Arenado: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Arenado grounded out to third
        • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
        • K. Freeland Pitching:
        • L. Cain: Ball, Strike looking, Cain doubled to deep left
        • Y. Grandal: Grandal flied out to left
        • R. Braun: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Braun walked
        • J. Aguilar: Ball, Strike looking, Aguilar homered to center, Cain and Braun scored
        • M. Moustakas: Moustakas singled to center
        • H. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Perez fouled out to first
        • B. Gamel: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Gamel singled to center, Moustakas to second
        • O. Arcia: Arcia singled to center, Moustakas scored, Gamel to third
        • Z. Davies: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Davies struck out swinging
        • End of the 1st (4 Runs, 5 Hits, 0 Errors)