Jean Segura arrived in Denver with two home runs on the season. After the first game of a three-game weekend set against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field, the Milwaukee Brewers shortstop has four.
Segura homered twice and starter Marco Estrada survived giving up six runs in the first two innings as the Brewers won a Coors Field pitcher’s duel Friday night, 13-10.
Milwaukee (45-30) took the lead for good in the top of the third inning.
Trailing 6-4 after just two frames, Aramis Ramirez reached on an infield single that caromed off the left wrist of Colorado starter Christian Bergman (0-2) and Khris Davis followed with a towering shot into the left-field bleachers for his 13th homer of the year. One out later, Segura hit a line drive homer to left that landed in almost the same spot as Davis’ homer.
Estrada (6-4) slugged his way through 5.2 innings, giving up seven runs on 10 hits and a walk, while striking out seven and surrendering one homer—a three-run shot by Justin Morneau in the second inning.
Two things remained the same for the Brewers—who improved to a major-league best 25-15 on the road: Will Smith pitched a scoreless eighth, striking out two and working around two hits, and Francisco Rodriguez fanned two in a 1-2-3 ninth for his National League-leading 24th save.
The Brewers scored three in the top of the first on an RBI double by Jonathan Lucroy and a two-run double by Ramirez.
Carlos Gomez singled and scored in the first, extending his hitting streak to 16 games and reaching base for the 33rd consecutive game.
Morneau got Colorado back to within 3-2 with a two-run double in the bottom of the first.
Segura’s first homer came leading off the second, but the Rockies took the lead in the bottom of the inning with an RBI single by Corey Dickerson and Morneau’s homer.
Gomez had an RBI single in the fourth for the Brewers to put Milwaukee up 8-6 and the Ramirez, Davis and Segura delivered RBI singles in the sixth to put the Crew up 11-6.
Dickerson hit a two-run homer for the Rockies in the bottom of the sixth, cutting Milwaukee’s lead to 11-8, but Braun stroked an RBI double in the seventh.
Zach Duke faced one batter in the sixth and gave up Dickerson’s homer. Kintzler allowed two runs on three hits while getting four outs.
As is often the case at Coors Field, offense was plentiful—the teams combined for 23 runs and 35 hits.
Milwaukee had 19 of those hits, with Gennett, Ramirez and Segura all going 3-for-5 while Gomez was 3-for-6.
Dickerson had a four-hit night for the Rockies and Morneau had five RBI.
The teams square off again at 3:10 p.m. Central on Saturday. Wily Peralta (7-5, 2.98 ERA) takes the hill for the Brewers, while the Rockies counter with left-hander Christian Friedrich, who will be making his first appearance for Colorado since July 28, 2012.
Friedrich missed most of 2013 with a back injury and was 1-8 with a 7.89 ERA and 1.723 WHIP this season at Triple-A Colorado Springs.