Rockies outscore Brewers
DENVER -- A Rockies team that was barely recognizable at home this year took on an identity that fans at Coors Field can get used to on Monday night.
Pounding Brewers pitching sensation Mike Fiers for eight runs and nine hits in slightly more than two innings, the Rockies opened a seven-game homestand with a 9-6 victory in front of 26,821.
Traditionally a big winner in a park that plays to their offense, the Rockies went 1-8 on their last homestand and even with the victory are 22-37 at Coors. Nights like Monday, with DJ LeMahieu -- who had a career-best four-hit game -- and Eric Young Jr. continuing to make the most of starting opportunities and pitcher Jeff Francis (4-4) shaking off a slump, were commonplace in the past.
Fiers (6-5) saw his ERA balloon from 1.80 to 2.63.
Young doubled to open the bottom of the first, Jonathan Herrera singled him home and Dexter Fowler doubled. Carlos Gonzalez and Wilin Rosario added run-scoring outs for a 3-0 lead. Chris Nelson doubled to open the second and scored on Young's grounder three batters later. In the third, Fowler, Gonzalez and Rosario, and Tyler Colvin doubled to drive Fiers from the mound.
LeMahieu, whose opportunity to play second opened after Marco Scutaro was traded to the Giants, is hitting .302 overall, and .383 in 18 games since being recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs. Young, who began the year as an effective pinch-hitter but is making regular outfield starts because of various injuries, went 2-for-5 and lifted his season batting average to .309.
Fowler, Colvin and Nelson added two hits apiece.
Francis had gone 0-2 with a 10.80 ERA in his previous three starts. His last start wasn't that bad, but he gave up an early three-run homer to the Dodgers' Matt Kemp and was pulled after four innings under the Rockies' tightened pitch count that goes with a four-man rotation with other pitchers paired with the starters. This time, Francis earned his five innings. He didn't give up a run until the fourth and left after Carlos Gomez's two-run homer in the sixth. Francis went 5 1/3 innings and gave up three runs on six hits.
Adam Ottavino threw 2 2/3 scoreless innings, which he finished by reaching behind his back to grab Jonathan Lucroy's hard one-hopper, and throwing him out at first base. Will Harris pitched the ninth in his Major League debut, allowing three runs on Rickie Weeks' two-out homer before striking out Ryan Braun to end the game.
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