Niese had a perfect day at the plate, tying his career high with two hits. He had an RBI single in the second off an ineffective Edinson Volquez (0-1), then drew a leadoff walk and scored in a three-run fourth.
Brewers 5, Rockies 4 — Jonathan Lucroy hit a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning to give host Milwaukee the victory, ruining the first game for new Colorado manager Walt Weiss.
Rickie Weeks sparked the winning rally when he stole second after he was hit by a pitch with one out. Adam Ottavino then issued an intentional walk to Ryan Braun and lost Aramis Ramirez to another walk before Lucroy ended the game.
Diamondbacks 6, Cardinals 2 — Ian Kennedy struck out eight in seven strong innings and Arizona used 15 hits to beat St. Louis in Phoenix.