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Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Rockers beat Brewers 3-2 in the 7th inning

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Carlos Gonzalez had a pair of doubles and the Colorado Rockies rallied for three runs in the seventh inning to continue their recent road resurgence, beating the Milwaukee Brewers 3-2 on Tuesday night.

The Rockies, who have won six straight on the road under recently named manager Jim Tracy — including their four-game sweep of the Cardinals.

Rockies starter Jason Hammel (3-3) gave up only two runs and five hits in six innings, but Colorado's offense had a tough time scoring off of Brewers starter Braden Looper.

Trailing 2-0, the Rockies finally broke through in the seventh, as back-to-back doubles by Troy Tulowitzki and Gonzalez cut the Brewers' lead to 2-1. Looper left the game, and Gonzalez stole third base off of reliever Mark DiFelice.

DiFelice got Chris Iannetta to pop out and was replaced by Todd Coffey, who walked pinch hitter Seth Smith. Coffey (1-1), who had been considered a solid addition to Milwaukee's bullpen going into Tuesday's game, then surrendered the lead when Clint Barmes' sacrifice fly to center scored Smith and put Colorado ahead 3-2.

Mitch Stetter then came in to strike out Todd Helton and end the inning.

Milwaukee couldn't muster a baserunner after the fourth. Hammel left after six, Matt Daley and Manuel Corpas shut the Brewers down in the seventh and eighth, and Huston Street pitched the ninth for his 10th save.

Looper gave up only two hits through the first four innings, then pitched out of jams in the fifth and sixth before the Rockies finally got to him in the seventh.

Milwaukee's Craig Counsell led off the game with a standup triple, then scored on a groundout by J.J. Hardy to give the Brewers a 1-0 lead. Mat Gamel added his second career home run in the second, a solo shot deep to center field that put the Brewers up 2-0.

Milwaukee's Mike Cameron, who was in the lineup after appealing his two-game suspension for contact with an umpire, then had a chance to break the game open in the third after a double by Ryan Braun and intentional walk to Prince Fielder.

But Cameron took a called third strike to end the inning. Cameron took a long look back toward home plate umpire Dan Bellino before walking away from the plate.

Notes: C Yorvit Torrealba has returned to the U.S. and could rejoin the team Friday. Torrealba's son and brother-in-law were kidnapped, then released, in Venezuela last week. ... The Rockies traded RHP Jason Grilli to Texas for a player to be named later or cash. ... Dave Bush will start Wednesday's game for Milwaukee despite taking a line drive off his elbow in his last start. ... Milwaukee reinstated DiFelice from the bereavement list and optioned RHP Mike Burns to Triple-A Nashville.

by the associated press

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