MILWAUKEE (AP) — Before the game, Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke insisted Rickie Weeks will still get playing time in a second-base platoon with hot-hitting Scooter Gennett for the first-place Brewers.
Weeks responded by knocking the first pitch from Colorado starter Christian Friedrich over the left-field wall. Weeks also singled in the third and laced a leadoff double in the fifth as the Brewers defeated the Rockies 7-4 Thursday night.
"You've got to do what you've got to do. I'm a professional, so you've got to do your job and be ready and go out there and perform," Weeks said.
His performance impressed Roenicke.
"The first pitch he sees, he just turns on it. A great swing. He had a good night swinging the bat," Roenicke said.
Gennett leads National League second basemen in batting average, slugging percentage and OPS, but found himself on the bench as the Brewers faced a left-hander in Friedrich.
Not to be outdone, Gennett smacked a two-run, pinch-hit homer in the eighth.
Wily Peralta (9-5) won his fifth consecutive start for Milwaukee, but wasn't sharp at times. He allowed three straight singles in the fourth before Ryan Wheeler hit a grand slam that gave the Rockies a 4-3 lead.
Peralta gave up four runs and eight hits in six innings. He struck out seven and walked two in his second win over the Rockies in less than a week.
"He can pitch better," Roenicke said. "I thought the last three outings that he's pitched well, but he's not locked in. He's still making good pitches, but he's struggling to get through the lineups."
Aramis Ramirez added a two-run homer in the first to stake the Brewers to a 3-0 lead.
In the fifth, Weeks led off with a double and moved to third on Ryan Braun's single. Weeks scored on Lucroy's single off the top of the wall in straightaway center. Drew Stubbs nearly caught the drive, keeping Braun from advancing beyond second base.
A sacrifice fly by Khris Davis put the Brewers ahead 5-4.