Tulowitzki, Rockies Rally In 8th To Beat Brewers
DENVER (AP) – Troy Tulowitzki homered early, then doubled to start a two-run rally in the eighth inning that sent the Colorado Rockies over the Milwaukee Brewers 6-5 on Sunday.
Michael Cuddyer, Dexter Fowler and Corey Dickerson also homered for the Rockies, who salvaged a split of their 10-game homestand.
Yuniesky Betancourt and Norichika Aoki homered and Carlos Gomez had two hits and scored twice for the Brewers.
The Rockies had hoped to stay in the thick of the NL West race when they resumed after the All-Star break against the three worst teams in the NL. Instead, they lost three of four to Miami and were in danger of losing the series to Milwaukee before coming back against John Axford (4-4).
Trailing 5-4, Tulowitzki led off with a double down the third base line and scored on Cuddyer’s double down the first base line. One out later, Nolan Arenado hit a go-ahead single.
Rex Brothers got the final three outs for his seventh save.
The Brewers took the lead in the eighth when Gomez doubled and Betancourt homered off reliever Matt Belisle (5-5).
It was one of five home runs hit in the thin air at Coors Field.
The Rockies trailed 3-1 when Dickerson led off the sixth with his first career homer. One out later, Cuddyer hit his 17th to right to tie it.
Fowler’s two-out homer off reliever Michael Gonzalez in the seventh gave Colorado a 4-3 lead. It was his 12th of the season.
Jhoulys Chacin was in line for the win before Betancourt’s homer in the eighth. Chacin allowed three runs on eight hits and struck out four in seven innings.
Tulowitzki gave the Rockies a 1-0 lead in the first with his 19th home run of the season off starter Donovan Hand. The Brewers tied it in the second on a bases-loaded infield single by Jeff Bianchi.
Aoki made it 2-1 in the third with his sixth homer, and Bianchi gave the Brewers a two-run cushion with an RBI single in the fourth.
Hand was making six innings, his longest outing of the season in just his fifth start. He allowed three runs on eight hits and didn’t walk a batter.
NOTES: Brewers SS Jean Segura was given the day off after getting hit in the right forearm with a pitch Saturday. Manager Ron Roenicke said Segura is fine and he just kept him out for rest. … Rockies OF Carlos Gonzalez (sprained right middle finger) was out of the lineup for the third straight day. … Colorado LHP Jorge De La Rosa (10-5) will start Monday in Atlanta. … Milwaukee RHP Kyle Lohse (7-7) will open a four-game series at the Cubs on Monday.
– By MICHAEL KELLY, Associated Press
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