Rockies 3, Brewers 0
Sweeney hit a two-run homer to back Cook, and the Rockies beat the Milwaukee Brewers 3-0 Thursday for a rare win in a road series.
“It’s another big step for us,” Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said.
Colorado, a major league-worst 10-26 on the road, took two of three from the Brewers. The Rockies had won just one other road series this year, winning two of three at San Diego from May 31-June 2.
The Rockies have won consecutive road games after losing eight in a row away from Coors Field. Overall, the last-place Rockies have won three straight series for the first time since May 7-16, 2002.
“I felt strong, like I was in a rhythm,” Cook said. “I could get my pitches across for strikes.”
Cook (2-2) won for the first time in four starts, allowing eight hits, all singles, in eight innings. He had been 0-2 in his previous three starts.
“It was the best I’ve ever seen him pitch,” Hurdle said. “He was impressive. He showed up in a big way for us.”
Shawn Chacon finished for his 15th save in 21 chances.
Ben Sheets (6-5) struck out 10, reaching double digits for the fourth time season. He allowed two runs and four hits in seven innings.
“Benny made one mistake,” Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. “It was about the only mistake he made all day long. Once again, he was on top of his game.”
Larry Walker, activated from the disabled list Tuesday, reached in the fourth when first baseman Lyle Overbay allowed his grounder to go under his glove for an error. One out later, Sweeney hit his third homer this season— just the second off Sheets in the last 24 innings and Colorado’s second in eight games.
“He’s a tough pitcher,” Sweeney said. “I was just looking for something to drive and luckily I got it.”
Sheets said he didn’t know what happened.
“It just wasn’t a good pitch from the time it left my hand,” he said.
Sheets failed to help his cause at the plate. He popped into a double play when he tried to sacrifice in the fifth. Then, after Chad Moeller and Craig Counsell hit back-to-back singles starting the seventh, Sheets bunted into a forceout at third.
“He gets his money pitching,” Yost said.
Sweeney has 23 RBI on the season, matching a career high. … Colorado is 2-10 in road series this season. The Rockies’ last series victory was May 31-June 2 at San Diego. … The last Rockies’ player other than Todd Helton to homer was Vinny Castilla on June 15. … Milwaukee was 7-5 on its longest homestand this season. … The Rockies got their second shutout of the season.Milwaukee has been blanked four times.