Brewers Pitchers Again Dominate, Putting Rockies on Brink

Brewers Pitchers Again Dominate, Putting Rockies on Brink


MILWAUKEE — Jhoulys Chacin and four relievers combined on a six-hitter on Friday as the Milwaukee Brewers rode dominant pitching to a second straight low-scoring victory in their National League division series, 4-0 over the Colorado Rockies.

After two pitchers’ duels indoors at Miller Park, the scene shifts to hitter-friendly Denver for Game 3 in the best-of-five series on Sunday.

Mike Moustakas, the hero of Milwaukee’s Game 1 victory with a walk-off single in the 10th, scored a run and drove in another to highlight the Brewers’ offense.

Chacin (1-0) worked the first five innings, limiting the Rockies to three hits. He also walked three and struck out three.

The Rockies, who have totaled six runs in their last four games, put a runner in scoring position in the first and third innings against Chacin but could not cash in.

The Brewers got to Colorado starter Tyler Anderson, a left-hander, for the only run they needed after he had gotten the first out of the fourth inning. Moustakas then blasted a double to center field, and Hernan Perez smacked a ground-rule double to left-center to give Milwaukee a 1-0 lead.

After Corey Knebel pitched a scoreless sixth, the Rockies had their best opportunity to get even in the seventh when Ian Desmond greeted Joakim Soria with an infield single.

Desmond stole second and continued to third on catcher Erik Kratz’s throwing error with none out. But Soria struck out Chris Iannetta and pinch hitter Matt Holliday, and Josh Hader came on to get Charlie Blackmon to line out to second, ending the threat.

The Brewers broke the game open in the eighth. Moustakas made it 2-0 with a bases-loaded single, and Kratz lined a two-out, two-run single to open a four-run gap.

The closer Jeremy Jeffress, who blew a two-run lead in the ninth in Game 1, pitched around a one-out single by Nolan Arenado in the eighth and a leadoff single by Gerardo Parra in the ninth to complete the shutout.

Anderson (0-1) went six innings, charged with one run and four hits. He walked two and struck out five.

Perez, who had two doubles, joined with Moustakas, Kratz and Travis Shaw to collect two hits apiece for the Brewers, who have won 10 in a row.

Arenado and Parra had two hits each for the Rockies, who return to Coors Field having won eight of their last nine home games.



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