The Colorado Rockies managed to earn a rare home win in their series opener against Milwaukee by adding to the Brewers' road woes.
Colorado will try to send Milwaukee to another loss and post consecutive victories at Coors Field for the first time in more than six weeks Tuesday night.
Colorado (42-71) had lost 10 of 11 at home before jumping on Milwaukee early Monday en route to a 9-6 victory. The Rockies scored eight runs over the first three innings and D.J. LeMahieu was a career-best 4 for 4 with two RBIs, making him 11 for 17 (.647) over his last five games.
Carlos Gonzalez also singled and drove in a pair of runs after going 0 for 16 over his previous five contests.
"The first and third inning, as far as offensive execution, is as good as we've done it all year," manager Jim Tracy said. "We were aggressive on the bases. We moved runners along. We had two really good offensive innings."
Colorado will now try to record back-to-back home wins for the first time since June 28 and 29. Tyler Chatwood (2-2, 5.06 ERA) will get the ball trying to build on a solid outing.
The right-hander gave up three hits and two walks over five innings of a 3-0 win in San Francisco on Friday, his second start since being recalled from Double-A Tulsa.
"He did a terrific job," Tracy told the Rockies' official website. "What's important now is follow-up. You took a step forward. Now take another one. Take a few more between now and the end of the season."
Chatwood, who has never faced the Brewers, will pitch opposite veteran left-hander Randy Wolf (3-8, 5.46), who has been successful in recent matchups with the Rockies.
Wolf has allowed one run in each of his last two games against Colorado, the most recent May 22, 2011.
Wolf, though, also enters this matchup 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA over his last three starts overall. He had his best performance of that rough stretch Wednesday, matching a season high with seven strikeouts and giving up two runs over six innings of the Brewers' 3-2 win over Cincinnati.
"Wolf was good (Wednesday)," manager Ron Roenicke said. "He threw the ball really well, good fastball. He was very aggressive in the strike zone."
Gonzalez is 3 for 9 in his career against Wolf, while LeMahieu is 2 for 6.
Milwaukee second baseman Rickie Weeks , who hit a three-run homer in Monday's loss, is batting .371 over his last 18 games overall and .415 in his last 10 at Coors Field.
The Brewers are 1-12 on the road since the All-Star break, with the lone win coming Sunday at Houston.
|July 29, 2012||Aramis Ramirez||Day-to-Day||Sore left wrist|
|July 17, 2012||Ryan Braun||Day-to-Day||Right thigh strain|
|June 15, 2012||Shaun Marcum||60-Day DL||Right elbow tightness|
|June 02, 2012||Aramis Ramirez||Day-to-Day||Left game - strained left quadricep|
|May 31, 2012||Ryan Braun||Day-to-Day||Tight Achilles|
|May 28, 2012||Jonathan Lucroy||15-Day DL||Fractured right hand, out 4-6 weeks|
|August 06, 2012||Todd Helton||60-Day DL||Torn labrum, right hip|
|August 06, 2012||Edgmer Escalona||15-Day DL||Right elbow inflammation|
|August 04, 2012||Jonathan Sanchez||15-Day DL||Left biceps tendinitis|
|August 01, 2012||Todd Helton||Day-to-Day||Flu|
|August 01, 2012||Michael Cuddyer||Day-to-Day||Sore oblique|
|August 01, 2012||Dexter Fowler||Day-to-Day||Flu-like symptoms|
DENVER (AP) -- The Colorado Rockies have found a formula that works: build a big lead and survive a late rally.
That blueprint has paid off against the Milwaukee Brewers this week.
Carlos Gonzalez had four hits, Tyler Chatwood pitched six effective innings, and the Rockies beat the 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.
The Rockies won consecutive home games for the first time in a month, but it wasn't easy. The Brewers put together a rally in the ninth inning before Rafael Betancourt finished for his 21st save.
"Another good baseball game, with some theater," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said.
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 - and four hits, and struck out three.
After struggling out of the bullpen in his first stint with Colorado this year, Chitwood has put together back-to-back solid starts.
"I've never (come out of the bullpen) before so I didn't have a routine to go to," Chatwood said. "As a starter I know my routine and what I need to do to get ready for my outings."
Just like Jeff Francis in the series opener, Chatwood benefited from early offense. On Monday, the Rockies jumped in front early, and they repeated that against Randy Wolf (3-9).
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.
"It's definitely good to see all those guys doing their jobs and creating situations for us," Gonzalez said.
Gonzalez followed with a two-run single, Rosario doubled, and Jordan Pacheco hit an RBI single that made it 4-0.
"It's real fun to see everybody follow suit," Young said. "Sometimes you get caught up in everything else that's going on and forget it's just a game."
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.
"Obviously, that's not what I'm trying to do, I'm just trying to put a good swing on it," Young said. "I knew it was gone. I didn't know how far."
Wolf came into the game 7-3 against Colorado but couldn't match that success. He allowed six runs and 10 hits in five innings.
"I had little or no idea where the ball was going today," Wolf said. "When you're out kind of guessing where the ball is going to go, it's pretty tough to pitch.
"Today is one of those days when you walk off the mound, you know you pitched badly enough that you deserve a loss. That's not always the case."
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 to Jonathan Lucroy and Aoki before getting Rickie Weeks and Ryan Braun on flyouts to end the game.
Braun, who has six hits in his last 42 at-bats, also made the last out of the eighth with the bases loaded.
"I've come through in a lot of situations like that, so certainly I expect to have success," Braun said. "Certainly I want to be in that situation, I want to have a chance to influence the outcome, and unfortunately it didn't go well for me."
NOTES: The Rockies clinched a home series win for the first time since June 1-3 against the Dodgers. ... 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) had four hits in a rehab start for Colorado Springs on Tuesday. He will start at first base on Wednesday. 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. Guillermo Moscoso will be recalled from Triple A to start in his place.