National League Game Summary - Colorado at Milwaukee
(Wednesday, September 14th)
Final Score: Colorado 6, Milwaukee 2
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Carlos Gonzalez crushed a two-run homer and
drove in three, leading the Rockies to a 6-2 victory against the Brewers,
forcing a split of their two-game set at Miller Park.
Mark Ellis had four hits and one RBI, and Kevin Millwood (3-2) held up the
pitching end by limiting the Brewers to two runs in six innings.
"I can't say enough about the job Kevin Millwood has done since he's been
here," said Rockies manager Jim Tracy. "He's been great with the lead and
sets up our bullpen as well."
Colorado snapped a six-game losing streak in Milwaukee and dealt the Brewers a
rare home loss. Milwaukee holds the majors' best home record at 52-23.
Shaun Marcum (12-7) allowed all six runs -- five earned -- in five innings to
suffer the loss for the NL Central-leading Brewers. Because of St. Louis' win
over Pittsburgh earlier Wednesday, Milwaukee's division lead is down to 5 1/2
games. Its magic number still stands at eight.
"This is no time to panic," said Brewers outfielder Nyjer Morgan. "We just
have to battle adversity. This is just a part of the game."
The Brewers got the game's first run thanks to Corey Hart, who tripled down
the left field line in the first inning. Nyjer Morgan's grounder to short
plated the run, but Colorado took control in the third.
With Dexter Fowler on second and two away, Ellis singled up the middle to
plate the run. Gonzalez came up next, and Marcum dealt him a first-pitch
fastball low and in, but still over the plate. Gonzalez was all over it,
slugging the ball deep into the second deck of seats beyond the right-center
Gonzalez saved a run in the bottom half, when Morgan slugged a ball to deep
right field with a runner on first and two outs. But Gonzalez tracked the
ball, leaping backward to make the catch in front of the wall.
Marcum gave up another first-pitch homer in the next inning. He left a
fastball up to Wilin Rosario, who hit it over the left field wall.
Singles by Fowler and Ellis in the fifth keyed another Rockies rally. Gonzalez
followed with a sacrifice fly, and Jason Giambi doubled. Hart's throwing error
allowed Ellis to score, making it a 6-1 game.
Morgan scored on a wild pitch in the sixth, but the Brewers never caught up.
They had a chance to cut into their deficit in the eighth, with runners on the
corners, one away and Prince Fielder coming to the plate. But Rex Brothers
struck him out, then got Jerry Hairston Jr. to hit a grounder to second.
Rafael Betancourt pitched a scoreless ninth to secure the win.
Marcum has allowed 11 runs in his last two starts...Rockies shortstop Thomas
Field singled in the third inning for his first career hit...Colorado catcher
Eliezer Alfonzo was suspended 100 games by Major League Baseball after a
second positive test for performance-enhancing drugs. Alfonzo, who also tested
positive in 2008, said he was surprised by the test and plans to fight the
suspension. He was batting .267 in 25 games for the Rockies this season...The
Rockies return to Denver for a seven-game homestand starting Thursday against
San Francisco. The homestand is their final one of the season...The Brewers
head out for their final road trip of the regular season, a six-game trek to
Cincinnati and Chicago that starts Friday against the Reds.
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