MILWAUKEE (AP) — Ryan Braun broke out of a slump with a solo homer and two RBIs, Alex Gonzalez drove in four runs and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Colorado Rockies 9-4 on Saturday night, April 21st.
Braun, who will be honored by the Brewers on Sunday, April 22nd for winning the National League’s Most Valuable Player award last season, hit his second homer of the season and a run-scoring triple while ending an 0-for-16 slide.
Milwaukee broke the game open with six runs in the seventh inning. Rickie Weeks hit a tiebreaking RBI triple off Esmil Rogers (0-1), and Gonzalez connected for three-run homer after the Rookies intentionally walked Corey Hart to pitch to him.
Jose Veras (2-0) pitched a perfect seventh inning to get the win.
Marco Estrada got the start for the Brewers in place of Chris Narveson, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday with a torn left rotator cuff. Estrada, who had a career-high nine strikeouts in five innings, retired 11 of the first 12 hitters he faced.
Then Troy Tulowitzki hit his second homer of the season to give Colorado a 1-0 lead.
Drew Pomeranz also had a strong start for Colorado, striking out six and yielding two runs and two hits in five innings.
Pomeranz was perfect through four. But he issued a leadoff walk to Aramis Ramirez in the fifth and Corey Hart followed with a ground-rule double to center. Ramirez scored on a passed ball and Hart scored on Gonzalez’s double to give the Brewers a 2-1 lead.
The Rockies responded with two in the sixth. Dexter Fowler drove in a run with a fielder’s choice and Tulowitzki had an RBI single.
Braun lined the second pitch he saw in the bottom half over the wall in center, tying it at 3.
Todd Helton hit his fourth homer in the ninth inning for Colorado.