Gonzalez has 4 hits as Rockies beat Brewers 8-6
August 15, 2012
DENVER (AP) — Carlos Gonzalez had four hits, Tyler Chatwood pitched six effective innings and the Colorado Rockies beat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-6 on Tuesday night.
Eric Young Jr. homered among his three hits and Wilin Rosario also connected for Colorado, which had 15 hits for the second straight night.
Rafael Betancourt finished up a shaky ninth to record his 21st save.
Martin Maldonado homered and Norichika Aoki had three hits for the Brewers, who had another late rally fall short.
Chatwood (3-2), coming off five shutout innings in San Francisco, had another strong outing. He allowed two runs — one earned — on four hits and struck out three.
The Rockies kept pounding Milwaukee pitchers. On Monday, they jumped in front early and they repeated the formula against Randy Wolf (3-9).
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Young led off the first with a double for the second straight night, Josh Rutledge was hit by a pitch and both runners moved up on a sacrifice.
Gonzalez followed with a two-run single, Rosario doubled and Jordan Pacheco hit an RBI single that made it 4-0.
The Brewers broke through in the third when Carlos Gomez scored on Aoki’s two-out bunt single to make it 4-1. Pacheco hit an RBI single in the bottom half.
Maldonado’s leadoff homer in the fifth cut the lead to 5-2.
Rosario hit a solo homer in the fifth, his 19th, and Young hit a two-run shot into the Rockies bullpen in the sixth to extend the lead to 8-2.
Wolf came into the game 7-3 all-time against Colorado but couldn’t match that success. He allowed six runs and 10 hits in five innings.
The Brewers trailed 8-3 when they rallied in the ninth off Rex Brothers. Three straight hits, including an RBI double by Maldonado, brought in Betancourt. He allowed run-scoring singles by Jonathan Lucroy and Aoki before getting Rickie Weeks and Ryan Braun on flyouts to end the game.
NOTES: Gonzalez recorded his third four-hit game of the season and the 12th of his career. … Brewers RHP Mark Rogers will make his scheduled start Wednesday. He stayed behind for the birth of his daughter on Monday. … Rockies OF Michael Cuddyer (right oblique) was scheduled to play Tuesday night for Triple-A Colorado Springs. He is eligible to come off the 15-day DL on Thursday. … Rockies LHP Drew Pomeranz, who was scheduled to start Wednesday, had his outing pushed back to Sunday. The Rockies haven’t announced who will start in his place.