MILWAUKEE (AP) — Ryan Braun broke out of a slump with a solo homer and two RBIs, Alex Gonzalez drove in four runs and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Colorado Rockies 9-4 on Saturday night.
Braun, who will be honored by the Brewers on Sunday for winning the National League’s Most Valuable Player award last season, hit his second homer of the season and a run-scoring triple while ending an 0-for-16 slide.
Gonzalez had a three-run homer and an RBI double, helping Jose Veras (2-0) get the victory.
Marco Estrada got the start for the Brewers in place of Chris Narveson, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday with a torn left rotator cuff. Estrada, who had a career-high nine strikeouts in five innings, retired 11 of the first 12 hitters he faced.
Then Troy Tulowitzki hit his second homer of the season to give Colorado a 1-0 lead.
Drew Pomeranz also had a strong start for Colorado, striking out six and yielding two runs and two hits in five innings.
Pomeranz was perfect through four. But he issued a leadoff walk to Aramis Ramirez in the fifth and Corey Hart followed with a ground-rule double to center. Ramirez scored on a passed ball and Hart scored on Gonzalez’s double to give the Brewers a 2-1 lead.
The Rockies responded with two in the sixth. Dexter Fowler drove in a run with a fielder’s choice and Tulowitzki had an RBI single.
Braun lined the second pitch he saw in the bottom half over the wall in center, tying it at 3.
Esmil Rogers (0-1) got the loss.
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