Rockies 6, Brewers 1
DENVER (AP)—Jason Jennings doesn’t understand why he’s so successful at Coors Field.
Jennings pitched six strong innings and hit a two-run single Sunday as the Colorado Rockies beat Milwaukee 6-1 to complete their third straight home sweep of the Brewers.
Jennings, 10-8 overall, is 7-0 with a 3.63 ERA this season at hitter-friendly Coors Field.
“It doesn’t really make sense,” he said when asked to compare his home and road records. “It seems like it should be the other way around.
“You have to respect this place—with the numbers that are put up here— but you can pitch here. We definitely have an advantage as a team here. Our offense does, and our pitching staff has become accustomed to pitching here.”
Jennings allowed one run, five hits and four walks, giving Colorado its ninth consecutive victory over Milwaukee at Coors Field.
Jennings, last year’s NL Rookie of the Year, became only the fourth pitcher in franchise history to reach 10 wins in consecutive seasons, joining Pedro Astacio, Brian Bohanon and Kevin Ritz. He is also just the sixth pitcher to win 30 games for the Rockies.
“I do think there is something to be said for young pitchers growing up in this ballpark,” Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. “This is their yard, this is where they live, this is where they’re going to get things done.
“They know how to pitch through things, they know how to take things light. They know some balls are going to get out of here that don’t get out of other places. That’s just the nature of the beast, the reality of pitching here, and they handle it very well.”
Milwaukee’s Wayne Franklin (7-7) also went six innings, allowing four runs, four hits and six walks. He struck out five.
Jennings’ two-run single put Colorado ahead in the second. Jay Payton doubled and, with two outs, Johnson was hit by a pitch and Juan Uribe walked to load the bases. Jennings then lined a single to left.
“It’s nice to get a hit that means something,” Jennings said. “Most of my hits this year have been with two outs or hadn’t really meant much. That was a big hit for us, and it was only my second and third RBIs of the year, so it was nice to have a hit that did some damage.”
Jennings averted trouble in the third, walking three straight batters with two outs before retiring Brady Clark on a flyout.
Jenkins hit an RBI single in the fifth that cut the lead in half. Scott Podsednik reached on a fielder’s choice, stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on Jenkins’ two-out single.
But Colorado made it 4-1 in the bottom half on Preston Wilson’s RBI double and a bases-loaded walk to Johnson by Franklin—his third straight walk of the inning.
“That play changed the whole ballgame,” Brewers manager Ned Yost said. “The guy is out at the plate by 20 feet, and we’re out of the inning down 2-1. Billy should have thrown the ball in the air, and once he didn’t Keith has to stay relaxed back there and block it or catch it. That play has got to be made.”
Jay Payton and Johnson had RBI doubles off Brooks Kieschnick in theseventh.
Wilson’s double in the fifth was his 35th of the season, tying his career high, set in 2000. … Johnson’s bases-loaded walk produced his 500th career RBI. … Jennings had lost his previous two starts, and Franklin had won his previous two starts. … Milwaukee hasn’t won in Coors Field since Sept. 3, 2000. … Colorado has had multiple-RBI games from four of its startingpitchers since the All-Star break. Denny Stark had two RBIs Saturday night.