MILWAUKEE, WI - APRIL 22: Jeremy Guthrie #15 of the Colorado Rockies pitches during the game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on April 22, 2012 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

Rockies Vs. Brewers: Michael Cuddyer, Jeremy Guthrie Instrumental In Colorado's 4-1 Victory

The Colorado Rockies won their second consecutive series by defeating the Milwaukee Brewers, 4-1, on Sunday afternoon. They took two of three from the Brewers.

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Rockies Vs. Brewers Final Score: Michael Cuddyer Plays Hero For 4-1 Victory

Michael Cuddyer was 2-for-3 this weekend. No, not overall with his bat; he was 2-for-3 at winning games for the Colorado Rockies in this series against the Milwaukee Brewers. On Sunday, Cuddyer doubled in Troy Tulowitzki and Jason Giambi to break a 1-1 tie in the top of the eighth inning (the former reaching on an infield single and the latter drawing a walk). The Rockies went on to win, 4-1.

Cuddyer delivered an RBI single in the top of the ninth inning during Friday night's game to secure the other victory in this series.

The game became tense in the bottom half of the eighth inning with Rex Brothers pitching. Rickie Weeks walked and Carlos Gomez singled to give the Brewers two men on base. That prompted Matt Belisle to enter the game and he shut down the heart of Milwaukee's order: Ryan Braun popped out, Aramis Ramirez lined out and Corey Hart struck out looking.

Jeremy Guthrie (2-1, 5.92 ERA) was outstanding for the Rockies, pitching seven innings of one-run ball. Guthrie allowed that one run during the fourth inning. He walked Ryan Braun to start the inning and then saw him steal second base. After a Corey Hart ground out, Mat Gamel singled in Braun to temporarily tie the game. Guthrie left the game having allowed one run on three hits and three walks while striking out two.

Jason Giambi drove in the first run on a first-inning single that scored Tyler Colvin while Carlos Gonzalez singled in Dexter Fowler after he and Marco Scutaro had back-to-back singles to start the ninth inning. Rafael Betancourt closed things out for his fifth save of the season.

The Rockies head to Pittsburgh for a three-game series that is supposed to start on Monday. However, the weather forecast is expected to include several inches of snow.

For more on these teams, check out Rockies blog Purple Row and Brewers blog Brew Crew Ball. Head over to Baseball Nation and MLB Daily Dish for more news and notes around the league.


Rockies Vs. Brewers Final Score: Todd Helton Hits Home Run No. 350 In 9-4 Loss

Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton hasn't been the feared power hitter he once was for many years now, but even at 38 years old he can still hit the long ball. He picked up career home run No. 350 in Saturday's 9-4 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers.

This latest loss was, as many say far too often, a tale of two games. If only the last four innings with the Brewers at the plate could have gone as the first four did.

Drew Pomeranz, making his second start of the season, was perfect through the first four innings -- and then the bottom dropped out. The Rockies held a 1-0 lead thanks to Troy Tulowitzki's fourth inning home run (2), but the fifth inning saw Aramis Ramirez draw a walk to start the inning. A Corey Hart ground-rule double moved Ramirez over to third base. But it was a passed ball on catcher Wilin Rosario that allowed Ramirez to tie the game. Alex Gonzalez followed with a double to score Hart for the 2-1 lead.

That ended Pomeranz as Eric Young Jr. pinch hit for him to start the top of the sixth inning. Young walked, stole second and advanced to third on a Marco Scutaro bunt single. Dexter Fowler hit into a fielder's choice right after that, plating Young. A couple of batters later, Troy Tulowitzki wound up driving in Carlos Gonzalez for the 3-2 lead.

Esmil Rogers relieved Pomeranz and subsequently allowed a home run to Ryan Braun at the start of the inning, surrendering the lead. More trouble awaited him in the seventh inning with Rickie Weeks tripling in the go-ahead run and Carlos Gomez following with an RBI single. Edgmer Escalona relieved Rogers after that, only to allow a Ryan Braun RBI triple and then an Alex Gonzalez three-run home run for the 9-3 lead.

Todd Helton's home run to start the ninth inning was the last run of the game. It ended with Esmil Rogers taking the loss and Jose Veras nabbing the win.

The Rockies (7-7, 2-3 away) play the rubber game on Sunday afternoon at 12:10 p.m. MT. Jeremy Guthrie and Yovani Gallardo are the expected starters.

For more on the Rockies, check out Purple Row. Head over to Baseball Nation and MLB Daily Dish for more news and notes around the league.

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