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Tough loss for Rockies, who fall to Brewers 6-5

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 22, 2014 at 8:56 pm •  Published: June 22, 2014

DENVER (AP) — Corey Dickerson's leadoff triple off the right-field wall in the ninth inning ended badly for the Colorado Rockies, emblematic of the team's rough stretch.

The throw from center fielder Carlos Gomez got past third baseman Aramis Ramirez and Dickerson, after briefly hesitating, ran for home — only to stumble and fall, allowing Ramirez to chase down the ball and easily throw him out at the plate. The sequence helped the Milwaukee Brewers hang on to beat the Rockies 6-5 Sunday and complete a series sweep.

"He's a hard-working player and a crazy thing just happened, kind of unfortunate, but that's baseball for you," Rockies teammate Charlie Culberson said.

It was the second time in as many games that a freakish play figured prominently in a loss for the Rockies, who have lost six in a row overall. In Saturday's 9-4 loss, the Brewers scored three of their runs on a bases-loaded wild pitch by Christian Friedrich and a subsequent throwing error by catcher Mike McKenry.

"We just have to keep fighting, keep fighting for wins," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said.

The Rockies did go down swinging.

They were trailing 6-4 going when Dickerson tripled off closer Francisco Rodriguez to start the ninth. Hustling all the way, Dickerson slid into third well ahead of Gomez's throw. He jumped to his feet when he saw the ball rolling slowly toward the Brewers dugout but staggered midway down the line and fell. By the time he scrambled to his feet and headed home, catcher Jonathan Lucroy had the ball and applied the tag.

"It's just a tough break," Weiss said. "He was going to score on that play. His legs gave out and he stumbled there between third and home. He went real hard from home to third, saw he had an opportunity to score and he stumbled, that's all."

Wilin Rosario, who had four hits, followed the Dickerson play by homering to get the Rockies within a run. But Rodriguez came back to fan pinch-hitter Ryan Wheeler and induce a game-ending groundout by Culberson for his 25th save.

Ramirez homered and drove in two runs for the Brewers to support a solid start from Kyle Lohse (9-2), who allowed three runs on seven hits in five innings.

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