The trouble started early, and came often, for starting pitcher Freddy Peralta who made his return from the injured list. In the first inning, with two outs and the bases loaded, he surrendered a bases-clearing double to the former Brewer Mark Reynolds. Shortly thereafter, Rockies outfielder Raimel Tapia drove in Reynolds to cap a four-run first inning against Peralta.
In the second, the runs kept coming for Colorado. After reaching on an error, the Rockies’ Trevor Story crossed the plate courtesy of a wall-banging double from David Dahl. The next man up, Nolan Arenado, emptied the bases with a home run into the left field bleachers.
The Brewers finally began clawing back into things come the bottom of the third. Lorenzo Cain started a two-out rally with a single to score Ben Gamel. Eric Thames then reached with a single of his own, and both he and Cain came home on a Mike Moustakas single.
The Rockies weren’t done pounding Peralta, though. David Dahl added a two-run home run in the fourth – the ninth run, sixth earned, for Peralta. His day was done after four, his final line: 90 pitches through four full innings, nine runs (six earned) on eight hits (two home runs), three walks and two strikeouts.
Ryan Braun added a tally for the Brewers in the fourth – a solo home run, his sixth of the season. He and Moustakas drove in a run apiece in the sixth, too.
Taylor Williams, making his return from Triple-A San Antonio, picked up where Peralta left off on the mound. The Rockies added a run courtesy of a Charlie Blackmon double in the fifth. That was all in the run column for Williams, though, who completed his comeback with two innings of one-run ball.
Jeremy Jeffress threw two, perfect innings in the seventh and eighth. Jay Jackson pitched the ninth, allowing a solo home run to Tapia. The Brewers put something together in the bottom of the ninth. Cain drew a two-out, bases-loaded walk to bring in Arcia, but that was all they'd get.
The Brewers return to action Friday, hosting the Mets for the first of three games over the weekend.