Tulo, Rockies tie doubles record in 5-2 win over Brewers
MILWAUKEE (AP) Colorado slugger Troy Tulowitzki wants to show that his team can hit for power on the road, not only at Coors Field in Denver's thin air.
Rockies hitters have 12 doubles in the first two games of the season, tying a major league record that has stood for more than a century.
''I'm really happy it's on the road,'' Tulowitzki said. ''First thing we would hear if we were at home is how it's a hitter's ballpark.''
Colorado hit six doubles for the second consecutive game Tuesday night on the way to a 5-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. The dozen two-base hits matched the mark set by the New York Giants over the first two games in 1912.
''We're hitting them all over the field,'' Rockies manager Walt Weiss said.
Six players doubled for the Rockies, who had 12 hits overall. Colorado had eight extra-base hits and 16 overall in the season opener Monday, a 10-0 victory.
Jordan Lyles pitched six effective innings for the Rockies. Lyles (1-0) limited the Brewers to two runs and five hits. He lost four of his final five starts last season.
''I mixed in everything pretty well,'' Lyles said.
Jean Segura was hit in the face by Lyles' changeup in the fifth and stayed sprawled in front of home plate for several minutes. Segura apparently was OK, though, and remained in the game.
''I thought my nose was broken,'' Segura said.
The Rockies, who managed only one hit off Brewers starter Matt Garza through three innings, scored three runs in the fourth. Colorado had four consecutive hits in the inning.
Tulowitzki got it started with a double and scored on Nolan Arenado's one-out double. Corey Dickerson followed with an RBI double, and Nick Hundley had a run-scoring single.
Adam Lind hit a drive off the center-field wall leading off the fourth for the Brewers but was thrown out trying to stretch the hit into a triple.
Carlos Gonzalez doubled to start the Colorado fifth and scored on Tulowitzki's single.
Garza (0-1) gave up four runs and eight hits in five innings.
The Rockies tacked on a run in the sixth when Hundley doubled and scored on Gonzalez's sacrifice fly. Hundley finished with three hits.
A trio of Rockies relievers combined for three scoreless innings. Colorado pitchers retired their final 13 batters, and LaTroy Hawkins got his first save of the season.
Milwaukee broke through for two runs in the fifth, ending a 13-inning scoreless streak to start the season. After getting hit by a pitch, Segura scored the Brewers' second run on Carlos Gomez's double.
Rockies 1B Justin Morneau, who has a history of concussions, left in the seventh inning after he was hit in the neck by a throw while running the bases. Daniel Descalso replaced him. ''With (Morneau's) history, we're always going to be careful,'' Weiss said. ''That's why I took him out.''
Rockies: Gonzalez and Tulowitzki, both of whom missed considerable time last season due to injuries, have seven hits between them in the first two games of the series. ''One of the bright spots of spring training was how good they came in physically. They were ready to go from the very beginning,'' Weiss said.
Brewers: OF Ryan Braun was not in the starting lineup, a day after leaving the team's opener because of a strain in his right side. Braun had an MRI on Tuesday morning. ''The results were good,'' manager Ron Roenicke said. ''He should be back in there tomorrow.'' Braun insisted the injury isn't significant. ''From that perspective I'm fortunate and encouraged by it. Yesterday I wasn't sure,'' he said.
Rockies: RHP Eddie Butler is on the mound Wednesday night in the series finale. Butler made his major league debut with Colorado last season. He went 1-1 with a 6.75 ERA in three starts.
Brewers: RHP Wily Peralta is 2-2 with a 6.46 ERA in five career games (four starts) against the Rockies. He won both his starts and had a 4.61 ERA against Colorado last season.