The seventh time was the charm Sunday for the Colorado Rockies, who finally beat the Milwaukee Brewers after six straight losses, 10-4 at Miller Park.
The Brewers (51-33) had their four-game winning streak snapped and couldn’t complete their first-ever season sweep of the Rockies (36-46), settling instead for a 6-1 mark.
Instead, Yovani Gallardo (5-5) was hit hard by Colorado and got little help from his defense, which committed two errors that led to three unearned runs.
Meanwhile, former Brewer Jorge De La Rosa (8-6) did enough to hold Milwaukee at bay and get just his second win against his former club.
Justin Morneau’s sacrifice fly in the second made it 4-0 and D.J. LeMahieu had an RBI single in the third to put Colorado up 5-0.
The Brewers got a couple back in the bottom of the fourth when Ryan Braun led off the inning with his 11th home run—his first since June 14. Jonathan Lucroy doubled to left and moved up to third on a wild pitch by De La Rosa before Aramis Ramirez walked and stole second. Khris Davis followed with a sacrifice fly to right to cut the Colorado lead to 5-2.
But the Rockies put it away in the fifth thanks to a play in which Milwaukee made two errors that led to three runs.
With runners at first and second, Rosario hit a chopper down the third base line that Ramirez couldn’t come up with. The ball caromed to the wall in foul territory and two runs scored by the time shortstop Jeff Bianchi retrieved the ball and threw it home.
Lucroy tried to get Rosario at third base, but his throw sailed into left field, letting Rosario circle the bases.
Gallardo wound up sticking out five inning, allowing eight runs—five earned—on 10 hits with a walk and three strikeouts.
Braun led off the sixth with a double down the left-field line and advanced to third on Lucroy’s fly to center.
Another De La Rosa wild pitch allowed Braun to score and, after Ramirez was hit by a pitch, De La Rosa uncorked another errant pitch that moved Ramirez up to second.
Then Ramirez did the unexpected.
He got a walking lead off second and broke for third, just beating Rosario’s throw for his second stolen base of the day. It was the first time in Ramirez’s 17-year career he stole two bases in the same game.
In 1,982 career games, Ramirez now has 28 steals, meaning Rickey Henderson’s career record is likely safe.
Davis grounded out to second, allowing Ramirez to cut Colorado’s lead to 8-4.
Tom Gorzelanny allowed a hit and fanned two in two scoreless innings. Kintzler was battered around for two runs on four hits while recording just two outs in the eighth and Wei-Chung Wang got the final four outs, walking one and striking out one.
The Brewers managed just four hits off De La Rosa and were shut down by two Colorado relievers over the final three innings. Braun was 2-for-4 and Davis had two RBI despite going 0-for-2.
After a stretch of 20 games in 20 days, the Brewers will get an off day on Monday before opening a two-game series in Toronto on Tuesday.
Marco Estrada (7-4, 5.06 ERA) is scheduled to open the short series for Milwaukee, with right-hander Doug Hutchison (5-6, 4.00 ERA) on track to take the bump for the Blue Jays. It is the Brewers’ first trip to Toronto since June 2005.