The Colorado Rockies managed to earn a rare home win in their series opener against Milwaukee by adding to the Brewers’ road woes.
Colorado will try to send Milwaukee to another loss and post consecutive victories at Coors Field for the first time in more than six weeks Tuesday night.
Colorado (42-71) had lost 10 of 11 at home before jumping on Milwaukee early Monday en route to a 9-6 victory. The Rockies scored eight runs over the first three innings and D.J. LeMahieu was a career-best 4 for 4 with two RBIs, making him 11 for 17 (.647) over his last five games.
Carlos Gonzalez also singled and drove in a pair of runs after going 0 for 16 over his previous five contests.
“The first and third inning, as far as offensive execution, is as good as we’ve done it all year,” manager Jim Tracy said. “We were aggressive on the bases. We moved runners along. We had two really good offensive innings.”
Colorado will now try to record back-to-back home wins for the first time since June 28 and 29. Tyler Chatwood (2-2, 5.06 ERA) will get the ball trying to build on a solid outing.
The right-hander gave up three hits and two walks over five innings of a 3-0 win in San Francisco on Friday, his second start since being recalled from Double-A Tulsa.
“He did a terrific job,” Tracy told the Rockies’ official website. “What’s important now is follow-up. You took a step forward. Now take another one. Take a few more between now and the end of the season.”
Chatwood, who has never faced the Brewers, will pitch opposite veteran left-hander Randy Wolf (3-8, 5.46), who has been successful in recent matchups with the Rockies.
Wolf has allowed one run in each of his last two games against Colorado, the most recent May 22, 2011.
Wolf, though, also enters this matchup 0-2 with a 5.40 ERA over his last three starts overall. He had his best performance of that rough stretch Wednesday, matching a season high with seven strikeouts and giving up two runs over six innings of the Brewers’ 3-2 win over Cincinnati.
“Wolf was good (Wednesday),” manager Ron Roenicke said. “He threw the ball really well, good fastball. He was very aggressive in the strike zone.”
Gonzalez is 3 for 9 in his career against Wolf, while LeMahieu is 2 for 6.
Milwaukee second baseman Rickie Weeks, who hit a three-run homer in Monday’s loss, is batting .371 over his last 18 games overall and .415 in his last 10 at Coors Field.
The Brewers are 1-12 on the road since the All-Star break, with the lone win coming Sunday at Houston.