DENVER (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers overcame another tough start.
However, they couldn’t hold a late lead to avoid a three-game sweep.
Tyler Colvin hit a two-run double in the ninth inning and the Colorado Rockies rallied to beat the Brewers 7-6 on Wednesday.
Rickie Weeks had three hits and Nyjer Morgan had two hits and three RBIs for the Brewers, who have lost five of six.
“We play pretty good baseball and then give it up at the end,” Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. “We had chances early. We’re not getting that big hit that we need.”
Wilin Rosario started the rally with a one-out pinch-hit single to center off reliever Jim Henderson (0-2).
Eric Young Jr., who homered earlier in the game, also singled to put runners at the corners.
Colvin followed with a double down the first base line, scoring the speedy Young from first. The ball hugged the line, making right fielder Norichika Aoki cover a lot of ground to get to it. Young easily beat the relay throw home.
“That was a frustrating one, really frustrating,” Henderson said. “I want to come in and get the job done, obviously. Tough to handle.”
The double straddled the bag so closely the Brewers thought it was foul.
“It was a slider in and it’s hard to keep that ball fair. I was very surprised it stayed fair,” Henderson said. “I tried to look at it the best I could, but I couldn’t see it. It stayed true on the line, it didn’t really curve.”
First base umpire Mike DiMuro confirmed to Roenicke the ball was fair.
“He said that it came back fair,” Roenicke said. “It came back and landed fair in front of the bag, so it’s a fair ball but it started foul.”
The Brewers used a five-run fifth inning to overcome an early 4-0 deficit and chase starter Guillermo Moscoso. Weeks and Corey Hart had RBI doubles, Morgan had a two-run single off reliever Carlos Torres and Jean Segura hit a sacrifice fly.
The Rockies tied it in the bottom of the sixth on Chris Nelson’s RBI single, but Hart scored on Morgan’s single with two outs in the seventh to make it 6-5.
Starter Mark Rogers, who rejoined the team Tuesday after the birth of his daughter a day earlier, shook off a rough start.
He allowed five runs and seven hits, walked two and struck out four.
For the third straight game, the Rockies jumped out to a big lead in the first inning. This time, they scored all their runs with two outs.
With runners on the corners, Ramon Hernandez’s single to center scored Colvin. Jordan Pacheco walked to load the bases and Nelson followed with a two-run single to left.
The Brewers escaped further damage when Pacheco was tagged out in a rundown between third and home.
“We’re going to have to figure out something better as starters,” Roenicke said. “Shouldn’t be giving up that many in the first. We’ve got to get better with the pitching.”
Young made it 4-0 with a two-out, solo homer in the third. It was his fourth of the year and second in as many games.
Will Harris (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings to pick up his first major league win.
NOTES: The 23,411 fans at Coors Field clapped when it was announced Seattle’s Felix Hernandez had thrown a perfect game against Tampa Bay. … Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun was held out of the lineup. Manager Ron Roenicke said Braun, who is mired in a 6-for-42 slump, told him “Nothing else is working so why don’t we try to do this? It’s a little of both of us trying to figure it out.” … Hart’s double was his 53rd extra-base hit of the season, one more than Braun.