Denver, CO (Sports Network) – Troy Tulowitzki blasted the game-winning three- run home run in the eighth inning to lift Colorado to a 5-4 comeback win over Milwaukee in the opener of a three-game set.
Carlos Gonzalez finished 2-for-4 with a run batted in, and Todd Helton doubled, walked twice and scored two times for the Rockies, who lead the season series, 4-3.
Taylor Buchholz (1-0) worked a scoreless eighth inning to earn the win, and Huston Street came on to retire the side in order in the ninth to earn his eighth save of the year for Colorado, which has won two out of three.
Kameron Loe (2-3) was saddled with the loss after yielding the home run to the only batter he faced for the Brewers, who have lost four out of five.
Helton walked to open the eighth with the Rockies trailing, 4-2, and moved to third base on a double by Gonzalez that chased Milwaukee starter Yovani Gallardo from the hill.
Kameron Loe took over, and Tulowitzki belted his second pitch off the glove of a leaping Ryan Braun and over the wall in left field for the decisive blow. Chris Capuano then retired all three hitters he faced to end the inning.
Gallardo was charged with four runs on seven hits and three walks while fanning five over seven-plus innings.
The Rockies struck first in the third inning when Helton doubled with two outs and scored when Gonzalez followed with another two-base hit to right.
Braun doubled with one out in the sixth and scored to tie the game on a Casey McGehee double to right-center. Alcides Escobar then legged out a two-out double to drive in McGehee with the go-ahead run and bounce Colorado hurler Jorge De La Rosa from the hill.
Jonathan Lucroy greeted Matt Belisle with a base hit to right that chased home Escobar to make it a 3-1 game.
De La Rosa allowed three runs on six hits while walking three and striking out five over 5 2/3 innings against his former team.
Rickie Weeks opened the seventh with a double, moved to third on a passed ball and scored on a Corey Hart sacrifice fly to extend the visitors’ lead to 4-1.
Ian Stewart started the home half with a single and scored on a two-out double by pinch-hitter Ryan Spilborghs into the alley in left-centerfield to cut the lead to two.
The teams combined for 12 doubles, the most in a major league game this season…Gallardo was the first Brewers starter to go at least seven innings since Randy Wolf did so on July 26, a stretch of 15 consecutive games…The Brewers are 44-6 when leading after seven innings, while the Rockies are 6-44 when trailing after seven frames…Colorado has won six of its last seven at home and haven’t been held below four runs at Coors Field since scoring only twice against Boston on June 22…Stewart has hit safely in six straight, while Braun has hit safely in nine out of 10…McGehee was retired in his first two at-bats, ending a streak of nine straight hits.