Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - If the Colorado Rockies are going to contend
this season, Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez need to lead the way.
They've done so thus far, at least through two games.
Tulowitzki and Gonzalez both homered for the second straight day and Walt
Weiss earned his first win as manager in the Colorado Rockies' 8-4 win over
the Milwaukee Brewers in the middle test of a three-game set.
Tulowitzki and Gonzalez had two RBI apiece for Colorado, which racked up 14
hits. Gonzalez also scored twice.
One time 16-game winner Jorge De La Rosa, who made just three starts late
last season after undergoing Tommy John Surgery in 2011, surrendered four runs
on five hits and three walks over 4 1/3 innings.
Edgmer Escalona (1-0) tossed 1 2/3 frames of shutout ball to pick up the win,
while Rafael Betancourt got the final out in the ninth for his first save of
Ryan Braun cracked a two-run homer for the Brewers, who won the opener of this
set 5-4 in 10 innings after John Axford blew a two-run lead in the ninth.
Milwaukee recorded an MLB-high 29 blown saves a year ago.
After the Rockies pushed across two runs in the top half of the fifth to knot
the score at 4-4, they added three more in the seventh to take the lead.
Michael Gonzalez (0-1) began the seventh for the Brewers and gave up a walk to
Dexter Fowler, followed by singles by Josh Rutledge and Carlos Gonzalez to
load the bases with none away.
Burke Badenhop came in from the bullpen and Tulowitzki lifted a sacrifice fly
to center to plate Fowler for the go-ahead run. Base hits by Michael Cuddyer
and Todd Helton brought home Rutledge and Gonzalez, respectively, to make it
Colorado added an insurance run in the eighth on Rutledge's sacrifice fly to
Earlier, Chris Nelson singled home Cuddyer in the second for the game's first
run before the Brewers answered with two runs in the home half. Carlos Gomez
ripped an RBI double down the left-field line before Marco Estrada helped his
caused by lining a run-scoring single to right for a 2-1 Colorado advantage.
Tulowitzki's solo shot to left-center in the third tied the contest, but
Braun's two-run opposite-field homer in the third put Milwaukee back on top,
Gonzalez launched a two-run shot to right-center in the fifth.
Estrada fanned eight, but surrendered four runs on nine hits over five innings
... Cuddyer had three hits ... Colorado was 5-for-11 with runners in scoring
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