MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Colorado Rockies chipped away against Matt Garza and an early six-run deficit only to have their comeback bid fade when an aggressive play became a base-running mistake.
Carlos Gomez launched a three-run homer and Garza battled into the seventh inning for his first win in four starts to help the Brewers continue their mastery of the Rockies with a 7-4 victory Saturday.
Colorado had a chance to cut the lead even further in the eighth, but Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy threw out Troy Tulowitzki at second on an attempted double steal to end the inning.
"I probably got a bad jump so I probably should have stayed," Tulowitzki said. "On top of that they made a good play and Lucroy made a perfect throw. It was bang-bang, but it can't be that close there. Looking back on it, I probably should stay if I don't get a good jump. I didn't react right when he went."
After the Rockies scored two runs each in the sixth and seventh to chase Garza (5-5) and pull within 7-4, Drew Stubbs opened the eighth with a double against reliever Will Smith and Tulowitzki followed with a walk.
After Smith fanned Corey Dickerson and Wilin Rosario, Charlie Culberson pinch hit for Ryan Wheeler. Stubbs and Tulowitzki attempted a double steal. Stubbs easily made third, but Lucroy made a perfect throw to narrowly nail Tulowitzki. Rockies manager Walt Weiss challenged the play, but the call stood.
"Not a great play right there with a pinch hitter up," Weiss said. "They thought they had an opportunity to take the base right there. Stubbs took it, but Lucroy made a nice play throwing to the back side of second base. But not a great play right there."
Francisco Rodriguez, who got the victory Friday night despite blowing the save, then pitched a perfect ninth inning for his majors-best 27th save and the Brewers improved to 6-0 this season against Colorado.
"They're playing good baseball," Tulowitzki said. "They've got a good team over there. I think if you ask Garza, he probably thinks he could pitch better. We got to him a little bit, put some hits up there, put some runs up there. He's a solid pitcher. I think we did a fairly decent job."
Gomez staked the Brewers to a 3-0 lead in the first with his 13th home run. Ryan Braun and Lucroy reached on consecutive singles and Gomez then drove a 3-2 pitch from Jhoulys Chacin (1-7) over the center-field wall.
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