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Rockies 8, Brewers 3

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DENVER _ The Colorado Rockies had been waiting for a game like this, a game where they could flex their offensive muscle by scoring early and often and trample an opponent.

They did just that Friday night, beating the Milwaukee Brewers 8-3. The Rockies scored four runs in the second and four in the fourth, which was more than enough for Tyler Chatwood, given the way he has pitched this season.

Chatwood (7-3) held the Brewers to two runs and six hits in seven innings while throwing a season-high 106 pitches, 73 for strikes. He set a career-high with 11 strikeouts and didn't walk anyone as he lowered his ERA to 2.48 and allowed two or fewer runs for the 12th time in his past 13 starts.

Chatwood doubled home two runs in the second and singled in the fifth, going 2-for-2 with a sacrifice and raising his average to .345 (10-for-29) with seven RBI. His double was the only extra-base hit for the Rockies, who also had eight singles.

DJ LeMahieu also drove in two runs, both on a fielder's choice, and Nolan Arenado each had two hits for the Rockies, who had been held to eight runs in the four-game series here with Miami that ended Thursday.

The victory left the Rockies 4-4 on their key 10-game homestand to open the second half.

The Brewers did not get a runner to second base for five innings before they broke through against Chatwood with two runs in the sixth. Rickie Weeks led off with a double and scored on Norichika Aoki's single. He dashed to third on Jean Segura's single. After cleanup hitter Carlos Gomez struck out for the third straight time, Logan Shafer grounded into a run-scoring fielder's choice.

The Brewers scored a run in the ninth when cleanup hitter Carlos Gomez, whom Chatwood had struck out three times, led off with his 17th home run, a long blast to left field off Manuel Corpas.

The Rockies had scored eight runs in their just-completed four-game series with Miami, but matched that total with four-run uprisings in the second and fourth to build an 8-0 lead. Indeed, the Rockies had scored three or fewer runs in seven of their past nine games and 14 of their past 20.

Chatwood held the Brewers to three singles through five scoreless innings with nine strikeouts, eight swinging.

Colorado loaded the bases with no outs in the second. Nolan Arenado's infield hit drove in the first run, and Chatwood, who came to the plate hitting .296 (8-for-27) bounced a two-run double inside third base that gave him seven RBI. After Dexter Fowler was hit with a pitch to load the bases again, LeMahieu grounded into a run-scoring fielder's choice.

The Rockies loaded the bases with one out in the fourth on singles by Charlie Blackmon and Arenado and a walk to Fowler. LeMahieu again grounded into a run-scoring fielder's choice when Segura made a nice play to his right and threw to third baseman Yuniesky Betancourt to try and force Chatwood, but Betancourt was straddling the base, not touching it.

Troy Tulowitzki followed with a run-scoring single, and Michael Cuddyer drove in a run by lining a single off Segura's glove. That hit finished Wily Peralta, who had gone 2-0 with a 0.31 ERA (29 1/3 innings, 1 earned run) in his previous four starts. Rob Wooten, making his major league debut, gave up run-scoring single to Todd Helton before Wilin Rosario hit into a force play.

NOTES: Rockies LHP Drew Pomeranz was placed on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 23 with left bicep tendinitis. OF Corey Dickerson was recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs to take Pomeranz's spot on the roster. This is Dickerson's second stint with the Rockies. In 15 games between June 21 and July 10, he hit .212 with four doubles and two RBI. ... RHP Collin McHugh will be activated Saturday to start in place of Pomeranz and a corresponding roster move will have to be made. McHugh, 26, is 3-0 with a 3.18 ERA in three starts for Triple-A Colorado Springs. The Rockies acquired him June 18 from the New York Mets in a trade for OF Eric Young Jr. McHugh will be the ninth pitcher to start this season for the Rockies. ... Rockies LF Carlos Gonzalez was not in the lineup due to soreness in his right middle finger. On his first swing Thursday, he aggravated the finger, which he sprained July 7 and left the game after the third inning. Gonzalez is day-to-day and manager Walt Weiss doesn't think Gonzalez will have to go on the disabled list. ... The Brewers selected the contract of RHP Rob Wooten from Triple-A Nashville where he went 0-1 with 20 saves and a 2.94 ERA in 40 games. He takes the roster spot of 1B-OF Sean Halton, who was optioned to Nashville on Thursday.
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