DENVER -- The calendar says it is late July, so there are plenty of games remaining, but there was a definite sense of urgency Sunday for the Colorado Rockies.
They needed a win to finish 5-5 on a disappointing 10-game homestand to start the second half, and they got it. Nolan Arenado lifted the Rockies to a 6-5 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers with a single in the eighth in the rubber game of the series.
Colorado took two of three games in the weekend series. On Monday, the Rockies begin a 10-game road trip to face the Atlanta Braves, Pittsburgh Pirates and the New York Mets.
"We would like for the homestand to be a little better than it was, but we had to win today," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "That's all we could control. Heading out on the road, it's going to be a tough one, but we're pitching well and our offense is showing some signs of coming back to life. That's a good thing."
In the eighth, Troy Tulowitzki hit a leadoff double, and Michael Cuddyer followed with an opposite-field double to tie the score at 5.
"This guy is a professional," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said of Cuddyer. "He knows what he's supposed to do. At all cost, he's going to get the guy over, and he hits a bullet the other way."
Cuddyer took third on a wild pitch by John Axford (4-4) with Arenado at the plate.
"When you get a guy on third with less than two outs, the pressure hopefully alleviates," Cuddyer said. "I think you saw that from Nolan."
Arenado had been in a similar situation in the fourth when he popped up with one out and a runner on third. This time, with the infield drawn in, he delivered a base hit to center.
"I kind of messed up big-time when the guy was on third earlier in the game," Arenado said, "so I was happy to get the guy in finally from third and later on in the game."
The Rockies hit four solo homers.
Tulowitzki homered in the first. Corey Dickerson hit the first of his career in the sixth, and two batters later, Cuddyer went deep to tie the game at 3. Those homers accounted for the only runs off Brewers starter Donovan Hand, who pitched a career-high six innings.
Dexter Fowler put the Rockies ahead 4-3 when he homered off Mike Gonzalez in the seventh.
Yuniesky Betancourt hit his 12th homer in the top of the eighth, a two-run shot off Matt Belisle (5-5) that gave the Brewers a 5-4 lead.
All six pitches Belisle threw to Betancourt were sliders, and he was trying to go down and away with the one Betancourt pulled into the left-field stands.
"I put it on a tee for him," Belisle said. "As soon as it left my hand, I knew it was not going to be good. That ball got away from me. I tried to do a little too much and think of the outcome instead of focusing on the pitch. That hadn't happened in a while."
In the dugout after the inning, Belisle said Fowler came over, slapped him on the back and said, "It's a team game. You picked us up a bunch of times, and we'll pick you up."
The Rockies did so in the next half-inning.
Rex Brothers retired the first two batters he faced in the ninth but then threw high and pulled first baseman Todd Helton off the base after fielding Rickie Weeks' comebacker.
Norichika Aoki, who homered in the third, flied to center on the first pitch by Brothers, who picked up his seventh save.
Colorado starter Jhoulys Chacin held the Brewers to three runs in seven innings.
Carlos Gomez, Caleb Gindl, Betancourt and Jeff Bianchi each had two hits for Milwaukee.
NOTES: The Rockies recalled LHP Jeff Francis from Triple-A Colorado Springs and will use him out of the bullpen. They optioned RHP Collin McHugh to Colorado Springs after he started Saturday and gave up six runs in five innings in his Rockies debut. Francis, who had been optioned June 20, went 2-2 with a 4.63 ERA in nine games in Triple-A, the final three in relief. ... Rockies LHP Carlos Gonzalez did not play for the third straight game due to a sprained right middle finger that he aggravated taking a swing Thursday. ... Chacin has allowed four homers in 127 innings, and Aoki has hit two of them. ... Fowler entered the game 1-for-25 and broke a string of 12 hitless at-bats with his single in the third. ... Brewers SS Jean Segura did not play. He left Saturday's game in the sixth inning with right forearm tightness, two innings after he was hit in the forearm while taking a swing. Segura said he was better but still sore Sunday, and manager Ron Roenicke, who had been looking to give Segura a day off, decided to give Segura a rest.