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Gonzalez homers and doubles, Rockies beat Brewers

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 1, 2013 at 5:57 pm •  Published: March 1, 2013
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"I was trying to work quick and get groundballs," he said.

Five of his six outs came on grounders, including a double play to end the second.

"They told me they see me more as a long relief guy. I've always been a starter in college and my whole career and coming out of the 'pen will be different. But it's pitching and it's the same game. However they think I can help, I want to do that," he said.

With Mark Rogers pitching against Italy in a WBC morning tuneup, the Brewers used a series of eight relievers who all worked an inning.

Manager Ron Roenicke was pleased with the scoreless inning put in by 2011 first-round pick Jed Bradley, who struggled last year in his first pro season at Class A Brevard County. He lost a lot of weight due to a persistent stomach bug and lost velocity on his pitches as a result.

"He's been very good early. Even his bullpens have been pretty good," Roenicke said.

NOTES: The Rockies turned an unusual double play to end the fifth. With Norichika Aoki on first, Segura singled. Right fielder Charlie Blackmon hit cutoff man Reid Brignac in the middle of the diamond, and he threw behind Segura for the out at first. Aoki thought it was the third out and strayed off the bag, and was picked off second. ... The Rockies and Brewers will open the regular season in one month, on April 1 in Milwaukee. It will be the second straight year the Rockies will play their opener at Miller Park.