MILWAUKEE (AP) — Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez each hit a big home run, and the Colorado Rockies were in position to give rookie manager Walt Weiss his first victory.
Then it all fell apart in a hurry.
Colorado wasted a terrific start by Jhoulys Chacin when Milwaukee scored three times in the eighth inning, and the Brewers went on to a 5-4 victory in 10 innings on Monday.
“We battled the whole game,” Gonzalez said. “That happens sometimes. There has to be a loser. But if we play that way for a lot of games, we’re going to be fine. We’re going to have better results.”
Rickie Weeks sparked the winning rally when he stole second after he was hit by a pitch with one out. Adam Ottavino (0-1) then issued an intentional walk to Ryan Braun and lost Aramis Ramirez to another walk before Jonathan Lucroy ended the game with a fly ball to center field.
“The thing that hurt was the hit batter,” Ottavino said. “I had him 0-1 and tried to come inside. I just nicked his foot and it started all the trouble.”
Weiss got a one-year deal when he was hired in November after Jim Tracy stepped down following a franchise-worst 64-98 season. Before moving into the dugout with the Rockies, his only head coaching experience was one year at Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, Colo.
And it was quite the opener for the 1988 AL Rookie of the Year with Oakland.
“It’s a little different ‘cause you’ve got to think ahead of course a lot more than you do as a player,” Weiss said. “As a player you’re not really going through all the ‘What ifs’ in your mind as you do as a manager. But, you know, I felt good about the way our guys played.”
Chacin pitched 6 2-3 innings of one-run ball and the Rockies carried a 3-1 lead into the eighth inning. But their bullpen was unable to hold on.
Braun drove in a run with an infield single to shortstop before Ramirez sent a 2-2 pitch from Wilton Lopez into the left-field corner, picking up right where he left off last season when he led the National League with 50 doubles.
Norichika Aoki trotted home from third and Braun came all the way around from first, raising his right arm in celebration as he crossed the plate with the go-ahead run.
“I was hoping a cloud would come through,” said Ramirez, who had to deal with some shadows on the field before his key hit. “I got lucky.
John Axford then came in for the Brewers on his 30th birthday and yielded a first-pitch homer to Dexter Fowler after he struck out the first two batters in the ninth. Axford, who blew nine save opportunities a year ago, was booed as he trudged off the mound after striking out Josh Rutledge to end the inning.