MILWAUKEE (AP) — While the Brewers booted Wilin Rosario's liner and made poor throws all over the field, the Colorado Rockies just kept running.
Two errors later, Rosario was right back where he started — though it took him a couple seconds to get up while catching his breath following a slide into home plate.
Colorado scored three runs during that wild fifth-inning sequence and pounded starter Yovani Gallardo to avoid a season sweep to the Brewers with a 10-4 victory Sunday.
"Yeah, it's a home run, that's a home run for Rosario," manager Walt Weiss said. "One of the turning points if not the turning point of the game."
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.
"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 then threw home high and offline trying to get Corey Dickerson. Good thing Dickerson actually didn't heed third-base coach Stu Cole's advice to stay put.
"But I kind of noticed (Bianchi) was pretty far away to be able to make the throw, so I took off and slid," Dickerson said. "That's when I got the strawberry (on his left leg), so I really didn't pay attention after that. So I really didn't know what happened behind me."
That would be the 220-pound Rosario chugging home safely for a six-run lead after catcher Jonathan Lucroy threw errantly attempting to get Rosario at third. Wearing dark sunglasses, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke watched calmly in the dugout with arms crossed what he later called the "meltdown."
The Rockies pounced on a team that looked a little tired after wrapping up a stretch of 20 games in 20 days, though Roenicke wasn't sure if fatigue may have played a role in the field 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."
Jorge De La Rosa (8-6) got the win despite allowing three wild pitches and hitting one batter. Gallardo (5-5) was tagged for 10 hits in five innings.
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