|Milwaukee Brewers' Ryan Braun watches his solo home run against the Colorado Rockies during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, April 21, 2012, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jim Prisching)|
Braun homers as Brewers beat Rockies 9-4
Braun, who will be honored by the Brewers on Sunday for winning the National League's Most Valuable Player award last season, hit his second homer of the season and a run-scoring triple while ending an 0-for-16 slide.
Milwaukee broke the game open with six runs in the seventh inning. Rickie Weeks hit a tiebreaking RBI triple off Esmil Rogers (0-1), and Gonzalez connected for three-run homer after the Rookies intentionally walked Corey Hart to pitch to him.
Jose Veras (2-0) pitched a perfect seventh inning to get the win.
Marco Estrada got the start for the Brewers in place of Chris Narveson, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday with a torn left rotator cuff. Estrada, who had a career-high nine strikeouts in five innings, retired 11 of the first 12 hitters he faced.
Then Troy Tulowitzki hit his second homer of the season to give Colorado a 1-0 lead.
Drew Pomeranz also had a strong start for Colorado, striking out six and yielding two runs and two hits in five innings.
Pomeranz was perfect through four. But he issued a leadoff walk to Aramis Ramirez in the fifth and Corey Hart followed with a ground-rule double to center. Ramirez scored on a passed ball and Hart scored on Gonzalez's double to give the Brewers a 2-1 lead.
The Rockies responded with two in the sixth. Dexter Fowler drove in a run with a fielder's choice and Tulowitzki had an RBI single.
Braun lined the second pitch he saw in the bottom half over the wall in center, tying it at 3.
Todd Helton hit his fourth homer in the ninth inning for Colorado.
NOTES: Rockies manager Jim Tracy said starting pitcher Jorge De La Rosa threw four innings Saturday in an extended spring training game. De La Rosa (elbow surgery) is on the 15-day disabled list and Tracy said there is no definite timetable for his return. ... Brewers reliever Kameron Loe was placed on the bereavement list after the death of his grandfather. The Brewers called up RHP Wily Peralta from Triple-A Nashville. ... Rockies reliever Josh Roenicke pitched the eighth inning. Roenicke is the nephew of Brewers manager Ron Roenicke.