Rosario’s homer in 10th drops Brewers to 0-3
MILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers have started the season the same way they ended last year — in a slide.
Pinch-hitter Wilin Rosario homered in the 10th inning after being scratched from the starting lineup, leading the Colorado Rockies to a 5-4 win over the Brewers on Wednesday night.
Milwaukee was swept in its opening series after collapsing in 2014. The Brewers lost 25 of 36 games to end last year, failing to make the playoffs despite holding first place in the NL Central for 150 days.
Rosario hit a full-count pitch from Milwaukee closer Francisco Rodriguez (0-1) over the wall in center field, giving the Rockies a three-game sweep.
“In that situation you cannot walk people, especially with the top of the order coming up and the way they hit the ball,” Rodriguez said. “You have to try to find a way to get him out instead of putting him on base. He got a good pitch to hit and he got hot.”
The big right-hander initially was in the batting order in place of Justin Morneau, who was hit in the neck by a ball while running the bases on Tuesday night. Morneau took batting practice and talked his way into the lineup, sending Rosario to the bench for the third straight game.
The Brewers went 0-4 to open manager Ron Roenicke’s first season in 2011, but eventually won 96 games. Rodriguez said it was too early to be concerned.
“Go back home, get some rest, enjoy your time with the family and come back Friday and give everything we’ve got,” Rodriguez said of the team’s three-game weekend series with Pittsburgh.
Colorado closer LaTroy Hawkins (1-0) got the win despite giving up a pair of runs in the ninth to send the game into extra innings.
John Axford, who had 106 saves for the Brewers from 2009-13, pitched the 10th to earn his first save for Colorado after signing as a non-roster invitee during the offseason.
The Brewers forced extra innings when pinch-hitter Ryan Braun hit a weak RBI dribbler that stopped before third base for a single, scoring Gerardo Parra without a play and bringing the Brewers to 4-3. Carlos Gomez then singled in Jean Segura.
Carlos Gonzalez, whose 2014 season was marred by injuries, hit a two-run homer off Jonathan Broxton in the eighth to give Colorado a 4-2 lead.
“The home run killed us,” Roenicke said.
Adam Lind hit a two-run home run for Milwaukee in the third inning. Lind is 6 for 10 with three walks in three games.
DEDICATED TO JAMESON
Axford’s son, Jameson, is hospitalized in Arizona after being bit by a rattlesnake during spring training. Catcher Nick Hundley yelled to the Rockies reliever that the game was dedicated to his son as the final out was made.
Eddie Butler was about to throw his third pitch of the game in the first to Carlos Gomez when the fireworks went off in center field for about 10 seconds. Butler held up his throw, Gomez stepped out of the batter’s box while laughing until the display ended. Gomez ended up walking but was erased on a double play.
Rockies: Morneau had a history of concussions, but had no concussion symptoms after being struck with the ball on Tuesday night.
Brewers: Braun was held out of the starting lineup for the second straight game while recovering from a strain in his right side. He took batting practice, but felt some discomfort, Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said.
Rockies: The team will workout at Coors Field Thursday in preparation for Friday’s home opener against the Chicago Cubs. Left-hander Tyler Matzek will start for the Rockies against the Cubs.
Brewers: The team hosts the Pirates in a three-game series beginning Friday. Milwaukee won 12 of 19 against Pittsburgh last year but finished six games behind them in the standings. Mike Fiers will start for the Brewers.