Arenado hits No. 34 in Rockies’ 7-1 loss to Brewers

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MILWAUKEE | The Colorado Rockies came into Milwaukee with a little momentum but quickly lost it all.

The Rockies took two of three at home from the NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs before the Brewers posted their first three-game sweep over Colorado at Miller Park since 2011.

Ryan Braun hit two home runs and the Brewers tied a season high with their fourth straight win, beating the Rockies 7-1 Wednesday.

Nolan Arenado hit his NL-leading 34th homer in the first, his fourth shot in 15 plate appearances. The Rockies went on to load the bases, but Zach Davies escaped further trouble.

“I know I’ll be able to sleep a little better knowing that I am swinging the bat like I know I can, but it’s tough going home knowing we got swept like this,” Arenado said.

Davies (10-6) struck out eight in six innings.

“We’re struggling out there right now,” Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. “We got some young guys out there that are very talented, they’re learning on the job. We got some veterans that are searching for some confidence right now.”

The Rockies scored seven runs total against the Brewers after pounding out 20 against the Cubs.

Carlos Gonzalez said it was tough facing Davies for the first time.

“It’s a lottery when you face guys you’ve never seen,” Gonzalez said. “They pitched well. We weren’t able to score a lot of runs. It’s hard to win you don’t hit. Our pitching didn’t do much either.”

Braun hit a solo drive off Tyler Anderson in the fourth inning. He connected for his 24th homer, a two-run drive, off Chad Qualls during a four-run seventh.

Anderson (4-5) fanned a career-high 10 in five innings.

“If you can take any kind of positive from it (the loss), I felt good,” Anderson said. “I’ll take that, I guess.”

The Brewers manufactured the go-ahead run in the fifth. Orlando Arcia walked, advanced on a groundout, stole third and scored on Jonathan Villar’s second hit of the game.

Milwaukee tacked on another run on Arcia’s bunt single in the sixth off reliever Chris Rushin. Arcia pushed a bunt in front of the plate. Catcher Tony Wolters chased it down and flipped it to Rushin covering the plate, but Hernan Perez stepped around the tag and scored.

Chris Carter hit an RBI double and scored on a single by Domingo Santana in the seventh.

A RARE PAIR OF TENS

Anderson’s strikeouts came a day after Jon Gray fanned 10. According to STATS, this was the first time Rockies starters had reached double-digit strikeouts in consecutive games.

PARRA DEBUTS AT FIRST

Gerardo Parra started at first base for the first time in 988 career games. “He’s done it before (in spring training), but briefly,” Weiss said. “He’s been working out over there. I’m just trying to find a way to keep him involved.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Rockies: 2B DJ LeMahieu, second in the NL in batting at .344, missed his second consecutive game with inflammation in left wrist. “He’s still available to do some of the other things, but I’m not going to use him to hit,” Weiss said. “When you hurt your wrist, your fingers or anything to your hand as a hitter, it is going to take a while.” The Rockies have an off day Thursday. … CF Charlie Blackmon returned to the lineup after not starting four games with a bruised right toe.

Brewers: RHPs Junior Guerra and Jacob Barnes and 3B Will Middlebrooks are headed out on rehab assignments. Guerra makes a start for Triple-A Colorado Springs on Saturday. Barnes is expected to pitch out of the bullpen on Friday with Double-A Biloxi. Middlebrooks takes the field with Class-A Wisconsin on Wednesday night. All three players are expected to rejoin the team when rosters expand on Sept. 1.

UP NEXT

Rockies: RHP Jeff Hoffman (0-1, 13.50 ERA) makes his second career start and first on the road in the opener Friday of a three-game series against the Washington Nationals. Two years removed from Tommy John surgery, Hoffman was acquired from Toronto on July 28, 2015, as part of a deal for RHP LaTroy Hawkins and SS Troy Tulowitzki.

Brewers: RHP Wily Peralta (5-9, 6.00) makes his first start this season against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He is 2-2 with a 3.55 ERA in six career starts against Pittsburgh. The opening day starter, Peralta made 10 starts for Triple-A Colorado Springs after being optioned there on June 12. He is 1-2 in three starts since rejoining the rotation.