MILWAUKEE (AP) — Wearing dark sunglasses, manager Ron Roenicke looked on calmly with arms folded across his chest after his Milwaukee Brewers just had a "meltdown."
Three runs scoring on two errors in one wild fifth-inning sequence helped add up to a sloppy 10-4 loss Sunday to the Colorado Rockies.
The Brewers looked like a team that could use a break after wrapping up a stretch of 20 games in 20 days, though Roenicke was unsure how much fatigue may have played a role in the fifth.
"You can have those plays any time," Roenicke said. "You get down when you see it, so it's hard to bounce back after a play like that."
Wilin Rosario took advantage of the gaffes with runners on first and second. His shot to third was booted by normally sure-handed third baseman Aramis Ramirez.
The sun was bright and shadows were creeping across the infield at the time, though Ramirez wasn't looking for vindication.
"No excuses. I should have made that play," Ramirez said.
One run had already scored when the ball squirted into foul territory. Shortstop Jeff Bianchi threw home high and offline trying to get Corey Dickerson. Catcher Jonathan Lucroy then threw errantly while attempting to get Rosario at third, and Rosario hustled home safely for a six-run lead.
Jorge De La Rosa (8-6) got the win despite allowing three wild pitches and hitting one batter. Milwaukee's Yovani Gallardo (5-5) was tagged for 10 hits in five innings.
The Rockies had jumped on Gallardo for a 5-0 lead through three innings — quite an accomplishment after the right-hander had allowed just three in his previous four starts combined. Colorado snapped a six-game slide to Milwaukee in the clubs' last meeting of the regular season.
A curveball that had flustered hitters the past few weeks disappeared on Sunday. An off day Monday couldn't have come at a better time.
"It was just one of those days, to be honest," Gallardo said. "Today was just ... I mean, I wish I knew where (the curveball) went."