Brewers, Rockies set to go again after another one-run battle

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Though the Milwaukee Brewers and Colorado Rockies are at opposite ends of the ladder in the NL, they’ve been quite competitive against each other this season.

Following a fourth straight matchup decided by one run, the Rockies and Brewers continue their weekend series Saturday in Milwaukee.

Sitting 10 games over .500 and in the mix for the lead in the NL Central, Milwaukee has won three straight and five of the last six games. That stretch includes three consecutive victories over Colorado, which is 17 games under .500 and 6-29 on the road.

Trailing 4-0 late on Friday, the Brewers fought back to keep Colorado from winning back-to-back road games for the first time since September 2020. Willy Adames hit a game-tying two-run homer in the ninth inning and Keston Hiura, who also homered, delivered a sacrifice fly in 11th, as the Brewers rallied for a 5-4 win in the series opener — with their home park finally at full capacity attendance.

“Definitely a good way to start it with the full capacity here,” said Hiura, who is hitting just .132 after playing his second game Friday since being recalled from Triple-A Nashville.

Milwaukee is 3-2 versus Colorado this season, with four of those five decided by a run and two needing extra innings. Adames is 9-for-22 with two homers and six RBIs against the Rockies in 2021. Teammate Kolten Wong, who also homered Friday, has five hits and two home runs in his last two games versus Colorado.

Scheduled Brewers starter Adrian Houser (4-5, 3.95 ERA) allowed four runs and 18 hits in 21 innings over a four-outing, three-start stretch before he yielded five with nine hits over six innings while not factoring in the decision of a 6-5 victory at Colorado last Saturday.

“I was proud of Adrian Houser,” manager Craig Counsell told the Brewers’ official website. “Things didn’t really go right for him, but he kept kind of limiting the damage.

Raimel Tapia, Yonathan Daza, Ryan McMahon and Trevor Story each had two hits against the right-hander last weekend. Batting .323 on the season, Daza had two hits with an RBI on Friday and is 8-for-21 with five RBIs against the Brewers this season.

“He’s played well, there’s no doubt about that,” manager Bud Black told the Rockies’ official website about Daza, who hit .206 through 44 games of his first major-league season in 2020. “The bat speed, the strength to the swing look much improved over the previous couple of seasons that he was in major-league camp with us.”

Antonio Senzatela (2-7, 4.83 ERA), slated to start Saturday for Colorado, is 0-2 with a 6.00 ERA in his last three starts. The most recent came on June 18, against the Brewers, where he was charged with four runs — three earned — and seven hits over six innings. Luis Urias’ clubbed a solo homer for one of his two hits off the right-hander during that contest.

Senzatela is also 0-4 with a 6.94 ERA in five starts on the road in 2021.

–Field Level Media

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