Blackmon, Tulowitzki pound Brewers

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Associated Press
June 21, 2015

DENVER—Charlie Blackmon drove in four runs, Troy Tulowitzki had three RBIs and the Colorado Rockies beat the skidding Milwaukee Brewers 10-4 on Sunday.

Nick Hundley had four hits and Nolan Arenado led off Colorado's three-run fourth inning with his 17th homer as the Rockies broke out for their most runs since scoring 11 against St. Louis on June 8. They averaged 3.2 runs in their previous 12 games before Sunday.

All 10 runs came off Matt Garza, who allowed 13 hits for the second straight start.

It wasn't entirely good news for the Rockies. Star outfielder Carlos Gonzalez left in the fifth with a mild sprain of his left hand. He was injured leaping into the right-field wall trying to catch Ryan Braun's triple in the fourth. Braun scored on a groundout to pull Milwaukee to 3-2.

Braun also doubled for the Brewers, who have lost eight of nine.

Rockies starter Chris Rusin (3-2) stopped his two-game skid. He allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings to win for the first time since June 6.

Tulowitzki and Blackmon did much of the damage offensively.

Blackmon hit a two-run single in the fourth and an RBI single in the sixth. Tulowitzki drove in two runs in the sixth when the Rockies scored four times to take a 10-3 lead.

They each had an RBI in the third when Colorado went ahead 3-1. Garza was hurt by an error on second baseman Hernan Perez that led to three unearned runs in the inning.

Garza (4-9) allowed seven earned runs in 5 1-3 innings, raising his ERA to 5.48.


Hundley looked sharp after getting the day off Saturday. The catcher tied his career highs for hits and runs (three). Hundley, who came into the season batting .238 in his major league career, raised his average to .302.


Brewers: OF Carlos Gomez was going to run the bases and take fly balls before the game to test his ailing right hip. Manager Craig Counsell said if everything went well Gomez could play Tuesday against the Mets. He has missed six of the last seven games.

Rockies: Relief pitcher Rafael Betancourt (vertigo symptoms) was scheduled to pitch in a rehab assignment. If the right-hander has no setbacks he could be activated for Tuesday's game against Arizona. Betancourt is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list Monday, an off day.


Brewers: RHP Mike Fiers (3-7, 4.50 ERA) opens a three-game series against the Mets on Tuesday night. Fiers is 0-1 with a 6.00 ERA in two career games—one start—against New York.

Rockies: RHP Kyle Kendrick (2-9, 5.95) gets the start to open Colorado's three-game series against Arizona. Kendrick is winless in six starts at Coors Field this season.

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