DENVER (AP) — Shaun Marcum tossed five solid innings before leaving with a strained neck and the Milwaukee Brewers held on to win consecutive road games for the first time in six weeks with a 4-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Sunday.
Rickie Weeks, Casey McGehee and Nyjer Morgan had two hits each for Milwaukee. The Brewers last won back-to-back road games when they swept a four-game series in Florida June 3-6.
Jason Giambi had two hits, including a homer, and Seth Smith also had two hits for Colorado.
John Axford got his 25th save after his second straight nail-biting ninth inning.
Jonathan Herrera reached on an error by shortstop Josh Wilson and scored on Ty Wigginton’s double to right to make it 4-3. Carlos Gonzalez grounded out to third for the first out, pinch-hitter struck out looking and Giambi followed with a walk.
Troy Tulowitzki, the Rockies’ lone All-Star, struck out on three pitches to end the threat.
Marcum (8-3) was cruising along until he gave up a leadoff homer to Giambi in the bottom of the sixth. He went to 2-0 on Tulowitzki when a Brewers’ trainer and manager Ron Roenicke came to the mound to talk with Marcum. Marcum threw a few warmup pitches before being replaced by reliever LaTroy Hawkins.
Marcum allowed two earned runs on four hits, struck out four and walked two in five-plus innings.
Milwaukee took the lead for good in the fifth and chased Rockies starter Aaron Cook (0-5). Prince Fielder drew a one-out walk, Weeks singled and George Kottaras followed with a double to left to score Fielder. Weeks was thrown out at home on the play, allowing Kottaras to advance to third.
McGehee knocked in Kottaras with a single and came home on Wilson’s double to make it 3-1.
Matt Belisle relieved Cook and got the final out of the inning.
The Brewers made it 4-1 in the sixth when Corey Hart singled, took second on Morgan’s sacrifice and scored on Mark Kotsay’s single.
Giambi’s 10th homer, into the third deck in right field, made it 4-2 in the sixth. The Rockies threatened for more in the frame against Hawkins but Jonathan Herrera grounded out to second with runners at first and third to end the rally.
The Brewers scored first when Weeks led off the second with a double, moved to third on George Kottaras’ ground out and scored on Casey McGehee’s sacrifice fly.
The Rockies tied it in the fourth when Dexter Fowler scored from second on Seth Smith’s singled off Weeks’ glove.
NOTES: OF Ryan Braun was held out of the lineup with tightness in his left calf and hamstring but pinch hit in the ninth. Manager Ron Roenicke said Braun could play Monday at Arizona. … Giambi’s homer was the third one hit into the third deck at Coors Field this season.
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