Tulowitzki homers again, Rockies beat Brewers

Published On: Apr 02 2013 11:32:15 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 02 2013 11:32:30 PM CDT
Milwaukee Brewers

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez each homered for the second straight game, leading the Colorado Rockies over the Milwaukee Brewers 8-4 Tuesday night and giving Walt Weiss his first win as a major league manager.

Tulowitzki is off to quick start after missing the last four months of the 2012 season with an injured left groin that required surgery.

The All-Star shortstop went 2 for 5 with a homer and two RBIs in Monday's loss on opening day.

Tulowitzki and Gonzalez each drove in two runs in the win. Weiss posted his first victory, a year after he was managing his son's high school team.

Ryan Braun hit his first homer of the season for Milwaukee.

Edgmer Escalona (1-0) pitched 1 2-3 innings of scoreless relief for the victory.

Jorge De La Rosa started for Colorado and pitched 4 1-3 innings, giving up four runs and five hits. Rafael Betancourt got the last out to record his first save in his first chance.

Marco Estrada started and went five innings for Milwaukee. He gave up four runs on nine hits and struck out eight.

Tulowitzki hit a solo homer in the third to make it 2-all. Gonzalez's two-run homer in the fifth tied it at 4.

The Rockies broke it open in the seventh by scoring three runs on four singles, a walk and a sacrifice fly off Brewers relievers Michael Gonzalez (0-1) and Burke Badenhop.

Dexter Fowler drew a leadoff walk, Josh Rutledge bunted for a hit and Gonzalez singled to load the base. Tulowitzki's sacrifice fly put Colorado ahead, and Michael Cuddyer and Todd Helton added RBI singles.

Rutledge had a sacrifice fly in the eighth.

Chris Nelson's RBI single in the second gave the Rockies a 1-0 lead. Carlos Gomez's RBI double and Estrada's RBI single in the bottom half put Milwaukee ahead 2-1.

Braun hit a two-run shot into the right-field seats in the third.

NOTES: Tulowitzki's home run was his 131st since 2007, the most among active shortstops. ... Braun kept up his robust hitting against De La Rosa, going 1 for 2. Overall, Braun is 8 for 11 against him with two home runs and three doubles. ... After drawing 45,781 fans Monday, the fifth-largest crowd in Miller Park history, Tuesday night's attendance was 24,753. ... Brewers RHP Wily Peralta will close out the series on Wednesday against Rockies RHP Juan Nicasio.