Jun 22, 2014 8:41 PM by Posted by Greg Smith
DENVER -- On a getaway day, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke had expressed his hope for the first short, stress-free game in what has been a high-scoring series against the Rockies.
He wouldn't get that, but what he would get was his 300th win as manager of the Brewers with Milwaukee holding on for a 6-5 win to complete the sweep at Coors Field on Sunday.
Roenicke was surely sweating bullets in the eighth inning after left-hander Will Smith was scored upon for only the fifth time in 30 2/3 innings. Drew Stubbs RBI triple cut it to 5-4, but Smith was able to induce a soft grounder from Justin Morneau to end the bases-loaded threat following an intentional walk to Troy Tulowitzki.
An inning later in the ninth, Lyle Overbay provided the Brewers some needed breathing room with a pinch-hit, leadoff home run.
Corey Dickerson nearly lead off the bottom of the ninth with a leadoff, inside-the-park home run after Gomez was slow to collect the ball off the right field wall. Gomez's throw to third went wide, richocheting off the visiting dugout and allowing Dickerson the opportunity to take off for home. But Dickerson stumbled just a few steps in, presenting Aramis Ramirez with plenty of time to scoop up the loose ball and throw home to Lucroy for the out.
In the following at-bat, Wilin Rosario touched four the easy way, sending a solo shot over the centerfield fence to cut it to 6-5.
But Francisco Rodriguez rebounded, recording his Major League-best 25th save of the season to close it out.
With the score knotted at three, Jonathan Lucroy broke through with a two-out single, scoring Rickie Weeks in the fifth inning. Lucroy then decided to take an aggressive turn towards second after Charlie Blackmon targeted Ryan Braun on third from right field.
The Rockies immediately took notice, catching Lucroy in a rundown. But Braun wouldn't waste the distraction and took off from third. Morneau's heads-up throw to catcher Rosario seemed to be in enough time for the out, but Rosario didn't attempt a swipe at a sliding Braun.
Rosario's throw back to Tulowitzki was at second in plenty of time to get Lucroy for the final out, but not before the Brewers had formed a 5-3 lead.
In his first at-bat after being removed late from Saturday's game with back tightness, Ramirez proved his health with a two-run shot to left field in the second inning, building a 2-0 lead. The Brewers added another in the same frame on a fielder's choice, double-play groundball from Kyle Lohse after loading the bases with no outs.
Rosario answered back for the Rockies, first by coming around to score on Charlie Culberson's single in the second inning. Rosario then tied things up with a two-run double to right the following inning.
Lohse (9-2) hung in long enough for the win, but wasn't efficient, lasting just five innings with seven hits and three walks against three strikeouts. Rockies left-hander Tyler Matzek didn't fare much better, finishing his day with seven hits and four walks in 5 1/3 innings.
Carlos Gomez built his career-best streaks of hitting and reaching base safely to 18 and 35 games, respectively, with a bunt single in the first inning.