Brewers 6, Rockies 2

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MILWAUKEE (AP)—Seeing two consecutive batters hit with the bases loaded was a first for Milwaukee Brewers manager Ned Yost.

Not that he had a problem with it. It gave his team a victory.

Javier Lopez broke a seventh-inning tie when he beaned back-to-back Brewers to drive in two runs, helping Milwaukee beat Colorado 6-2 Tuesday night in Larry Walker’s return to the Rockies.

“I can’t remember the last time I saw that,” Yost said.

Walker doubled in his season debut after missing the Rockies’ first 68 games with a strained left groin.

“It was good to be back out there,” Walker said. “I still have some work to do at the plate.”

Keith Ginter added a two-run double in the five-run seventh, giving Doug Davis (7-5) his third straight victory. Davis last won three in a row late in the 2001 season with the Texas Rangers.

The Brewers moved to five games over .500, matching their best mark of the season. Colorado dropped to 19 games under.

Davis gave up one run on six hits in seven innings, striking out six. He allowed just one runner past second base.

“I am probably at the top of my game right now,” Davis said. “I think I am getting more mature, and I think that’s helping a lot. I know I can be better, and time will tell on that.”

Lopez (0-2) did not record an out in the seventh in relief of Jason Jennings. Pinch-hitter Bill Hall and Scott Podsednik led off the inning with singles, and Junior Spivey walked to load the bases.

Lopez hit Geoff Jenkins with his first pitch, and followed by plunking Lyle Overbay. After Brady Clark popped out, Ginter followed with a double down the left-field line. Overbay scored on a groundout.

All five runs in the seventh inning were charged to Lopez, who had not allowed a run in his last six appearances spanning 4 2-3 innings. His ERA climbed to 9.62.

“That lefty has trouble throwing strikes,” Ginter said. “We talked about it on the bench, and sure enough he did us a favor. He hit Jenks and he hit Lyle. That just opened up the inning for us.

“If you want to hit me with the bases loaded, go right ahead.”

In the top of the inning, Jeromy Burnitz singled with nobody out, but Charles Johnson failed to get a sacrifice bunt down and struck out. That forced Hurdle to pinch hit for Jennings, who had thrown just 96 pitches.

Matt Holliday then struck out, and Aaron Miles grounded out.

“That inning really started to stink when we didn’t get the bunt down,” Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said. “You don’t get any mulligans in this game.”

Jennings allowed one run on six hits in six innings. He has won four of his past five starts.

“I knew I had some pitches left in the tank, but that’s the way it goes being in the National League,” Jennings said.

Podsednik led off the third with a triple off Jennings and Spivey drove him in with a sacrifice fly.

Colorado tied it at one in the fourth on Vinny Castilla’s single.

Helton homered in the eighth for Colorado, the first homer for the Rockies in six games, a span of 222 plate appearances.

Walker finished 1-for-2.


The announced crowd at Miller Park was 13,264, the first game after a series against Minnesota in which the Brewers drew at least 28,555 each game. … Brewers LF Geoff Jenkins has not made an error since June 4, 2002, a span of 199 straight games. … Colorado has not won three consecutive series sinceMay 7-16, 2002. The Rockies have won their last two.

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