Denver, CO (Sports Network) – Jonathan Herrera recorded a career-high four hits with a run scored and an RBI, as Colorado held on to beat Milwaukee, 8-7, in the second of three games at Coors Field.
Seth Smith and Miguel Olivo both homered as part of a three-run seventh, while Smith added another run-scoring base hit in a four-run eighth for the Rockies, who have won the first two games of this series and six of eight overall. Colorado has dominated the Brewers in recent years, taking 16 of the last 21 games between the teams.
Matt Belisle (2-3) earned the win with 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief, while Jeff Francis allowed four runs — three earned — on eight hits in 6 1/3 frames. Rafael Betancourt notched the final out for his first save.
Corey Hart hit a three-run homer, while Alcides Escobar had two hits and drove in a pair for the Brewers, losers in five of seven. Jonathan Lucroy went 3- for-5 with two runs scored in defeat, but flied out on the 10th pitch of his final at-bat with the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth inning.
Yovani Gallardo gave up only one run on four hits and a walk with nine strikeouts in six innings in the start for Milwaukee, but Carlos Villanueva gave up three runs while recording one out, and Zach Braddock (1-1) was charged with the game-deciding run.