MILWAUKEE (AP) — Carlos Gomez launched a three-run homer and Matt Garza battled into the seventh inning for his first win in four starts to help the Milwaukee Brewers continue their season mastery of the Colorado Rockies with a 7-4 victory Saturday.
Garza (5-5) pitched five scoreless innings before allowing two runs each in the sixth and seventh. His first win since June 7 improved the Brewers to 6-0 this season against Colorado. Francisco Rodriguez, who got the victory Friday night despite blowing the save, pitched a perfect ninth inning for his majors-best 27th save.
Gomez staked the Brewers to a 3-0 lead in the first with his 13th home run. Ryan Braun and Jonathan Lucroy reached on consecutive singles and Gomez then drove a 3-2 pitch from Jhoulys Chacin (1-7) over the center-field wall.
The Brewers added three runs in the fifth to make it 6-0. Jean Segura singled to open, advanced on Garza’s sacrifice bunt and moved to third on Scooter Gennett’s infield single. Braun followed with a triple into the corner when right-fielder Charlie Blackmon missed on a diving attempt at the sinking liner. Braun scored on Lucroy’s ground out.
Colorado got two runs in the sixth after loading the bases with three consecutive one-out singles. Drew Stubbs’ bloop single to shallow right drove in one run and Troy Tulowitzki followed with a sacrifice fly.
The Brewers answered with a run in the bottom of the inning on Lyle Overbay’s RBI single to increase the lead to 7-2.
The Rockies chased Garza with two runs in the seventh on a single by Wilin Rosario, a double by Ryan Wheeler and D.J. LeMahieu’s two-run single.
In the third inning, the Brewers successfully challenged a call by first base umpire C.B. Bucknor. Josh Rutledge singled to open and LeMahieu followed with a liner to second baseman Rickie Weeks. The throw to first from Weeks hit Rutledge, who got back safely when first baseman Overbay couldn’t corral the ball. Rutledge then came off the bag again, but dove back and was originally called safe on the attempted tag by Overbay. The call was overturned after a review of 1 minute, 42 seconds.
NOTES: To eliminate the shadows between the mound and home plate during day games at Miller Park, the first-base half of the roof was closed, while the third-base side remained completely open. “This game time, 3 o’clock, is the worst,” Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said before the game. “We’re going to try and keep it halfway closed to take away all those shadows for the first, probably four or five innings.” Roenicke said they had previously had one panel partially closed, but never halfway. . Jabari Parker, the first-round pick of the Milwaukee Bucks and the No. 2 overall pick in the recent NBA draft, threw out the first pitch, wearing a Brewers jersey with his name and No. 12 on the back. The 6-foot-8 right-hander snapped off a one-hopper to the plate. . The third-inning challenge was the Brewers first since May 31. They are 6-5 in challenges. . Brewers shortstop Segura left in the sixth inning with leg cramps. … Gomez was removed in the seventh inning after colliding with Braun in short right-center on Wheeler’s bloop double. The Brewers said Gomez sustained a left neck strain and is day to day. . Colorado manager Walt Weiss unsuccessfully challenged a call when Tulowitzki was thrown out attempting to steal second to end the eighth inning.