After struggling in Monday's season-opening loss, the Rockies bullpen bounced back nicely tonight, with five pitchers combining to throw 4 2/3 innings of shutout ball to help Colorado to it's first win of the season, 8-4, over the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Rockies got on the board first in the top of the second with Chris Nelson's single off Brewers starter Marco Estrada driving in Michael Cuddyer for a 1-0 lead.
Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa was inconsistent throughout his outing, allowing four earned runs in 4 1/3 IP, walking three and striking out three. The first runs De La Rosa allowed came in the bottom of the second on an RBI double by Carlos Gomez and Estrada's RBI single that gave Milwaukee a 2-1 lead.
Each team scored via the home run in the third inning, with Troy Tulowitzki hitting his second of the season, a solo shot, and Ryan Braun hitting his first of 2013, a two-run blast that gave the Brewers a 4-2 lead.
The Rockies tied the game up in the fifth. After Josh Rutledge's infield single, Carlos Gonzalez took Estrada's first pitch out to right-center, equalizing things at four.
With a man on and a man out in the Brewers' half of the fifth, Walt Weiss brought in Edgmer Escalona to face Braun. Escalona got Braun to fly out and shut down the inning, preserving the tie through the sixth when he struck out pinch hitter Khris Davis with two outs and a man on third.
Escalona was for his efforts in the seventh. Brewers reliever Mike Gonzalez loaded the bases with nobody out for Tulowitzki before being replaced by Burke Badenhop. Tulowitzki came through with a sacrifice fly which was followed by RBI base hits from Cuddyer and Todd Helton, giving the Rockies a 7-4 lead.
Rutledge's sacrifice fly added the Rockies' eighth run in the eighth.
The Rockies used three relievers in the bottom of the ninth, but Rafael Betancourt earned his first save, retiring Rickie Weeks on a comebacker with two outs and runners on the corners to end the game.
The teams will play the rubber game of the season-opening series tomorrow, with Juan Nicasio facing Wily Peralta.
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