Brewers 5, Rockies 4

Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder weren’t carrying the offense like
they usually do. And the Milwaukee Brewers didn’t get anything
approaching the kind of start they’re expecting from Doug Davis
this season.

So Jim Edmonds started a sixth-inning rally from the bottom half
of the lineup and the Brewers’ bullpen stood firm, holding the
Colorado Rockies scoreless over the final five innings in a 5-4
victory Wednesday.

Milwaukee took two of three from Colorado after losing the
season opener.

“That’s not a pushover team by any means – that’s a good
team,” said Milwaukee’s Jody Gerut, whose pinch-hit RBI double
gave the Brewers the lead in the sixth. “And so it took almost all
of us to win, but we got it today.”

Reliever Todd Coffey (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings after a
rough start by Davis.

The Brewers used a total of seven pitchers Wednesday, including
LaTroy Hawkins’ perfect eighth inning and Trevor Hoffman’s 593rd
career save.

“The Rockies are an extremely good team,” Brewers manager Ken
Macha said. “They just beat the death out of us last year.”

Colorado scored three runs as Davis was remarkably wild in the
first inning, but Rockies manager Jim Tracy said they should have
scored more.

“We were in a wonderful position to take this game and force
the Brewers, in my opinion, to have to pitch nine innings of
bullpen today,” Tracy said. “But we kind of let them off the
hook.”

Backup catcher Miguel Olivo homered for Colorado. Carlos
Gonzalez had two hits, keeping up his fast start to the season.

Tracy dipped deep into his bench only three games into the
season, giving first baseman Todd Helton, outfielder Brad Hawpe,
catcher Chris Iannetta and second baseman Clint Barmes the day
off.

Helton and Hawpe appeared as pinch-hitters in the ninth as
Hoffman earned his second save of the season, moving him closer to
becoming the first pitcher with 600 career saves.

“They did the small things to win today,” Troy Tulowitzki
said. “We didn’t. That’s basically what it comes down to.”

Edmonds, a 39-year-old former All-Star who spent last season out
of baseball, made his second start in right field for Milwaukee. He
went 2 for 4 with a double and scored twice.

With Milwaukee trailing 4-3 going into the sixth, Edmonds
singled, went to third on a single by Casey McGehee, then scored on
a sacrifice fly by George Kottaras to tie it. That was the end of
the day for Rockies starter Aaron Cook (0-1), who was relieved by
Randy Flores.

“They made me pay for some mistakes I made and unfortunately I
wasn’t able to keep the team in the game,” Cook said. “They gave
me some runs early and I couldn’t make it stand up.”

Gerut doubled, scoring McGehee to give Milwaukee a 5-4 lead.
Gerut remained poised after dodging a ball high and inside earlier
in the at-bat.

“You just wait for something to hit – and make sure it’s not
coming at your head – and try to put a good swing on it,” Gerut
said.

It was a shaky return to the Brewers for Davis, who rejoined his
old team as a free agent in the offseason after three seasons in
Arizona – a stint that included treatments for thyroid cancer in
2008. Davis first pitched for Milwaukee from 2003-06.

He was wild from the start Wednesday, giving up three runs,
walking three and throwing a pair of wild pitches in the first
inning alone. It could have been even worse.

“It wasn’t a complete blowout,” Macha said. “It could have
gotten ugly in the first inning.”

Macha said Davis was “a little too amped up” Wednesday, and
Davis didn’t disagree.

“I was really trying to do too much out there – just exactly
pretty much what I told myself not to do,” Davis said.

NOTES: Macha said RHP Jeff Suppan will get the first shot as the
team’s No. 5 starter. Suppan will make a rehabilitation start at
the Brewers’ Class A affiliate in Appleton, Wis., on Friday, then
start a game in the Brewers’ series at Chicago next week. … Tracy
said before the game that he thinks his bench will be a strong
asset this season, allowing him to rest his starters more
frequently. … Davis and Coffey combined for four wild
pitches.