DENVER (AP) -- Victor Santos has pitched enough at Coors Field to
know that success usually stems from changing speeds, not throwing
Ditching his curveball and changing speeds with all his pitches,
Santos earned his second win in 14 starts to help the Milwaukee
Brewers beat the Colorado Rockies 6-4 Tuesday night.
"I know exactly how to be successful in this park," said
Santos, who is 2-1 with a 7.71 ERA in 15 appearances at
hitter-friendly Coors. "I had a bump in the road here, but I
learned from it and know how to throw here."
Santos (4-11), who pitched in 24 games for the Rockies in 2002,
threw one curveball and Matt Holliday lined it for an RBI single in
the first inning. Santos didn't go back to the pitch again, instead
relying on changing speeds and location to beat the Rockies.
It worked pretty well.
Santos allowed the run in the first inning and another in the
fourth on a single by Dustan Mohr that cut Milwaukee's lead to 4-2.
Omar Quintanilla chased the right-hander in the sixth, blooping an
RBI single just out of the reach of shortstop Bill Hall to make it
Santos allowed six hits in 5 2/3 innings, good enough for his
first win since July 23 against Cincinnati. All four of his wins
have come at night and three have been on the road.
"He got outs with his fastball, changeup, split," Brewers
manager Ned Yost said. "You have to use your off-speed stuff to
keep them off. He has pitched here and he knows how to pitch a game
here. You just have to go out and pitch your game and keep the ball
Milwaukee's offense gave him just enough help.
Wes Helms homered and drove in two runs, Rickie Weeks also
connected and the Brewers roughed up Jeff Francis (11-9) to win for
the second time in nine games. Milwaukee has won seven of eight
against Colorado dating to last year.
Holliday had two hits, boosting his average to .359 in 27 games
since coming off the disabled list with a broken pinkie on July 19.
The Rockies had nine hits after getting 17 in an 11-2 win the night
before, but still had their chances.
"In J.D.'s case, you couldn't ask for a better pitch. Matty had
a pitch I've seen him hit," Rockies manager Clint Hurdle said.
"Those are the things you say when you don't get hits."
Francis had his second straight shaky start following a
three-game winning streak.
He gave up a run in the first inning on a single by Carlos Lee,
who ended an 0-for-11 slump, and Santos hit a hard single off him
in the third, his third hit in 36 at-bats this season.
The Brewers got three more runs off the left-hander in the
fourth inning on an RBI double by Geoff Jenkins, Hall's run-scoring
single and Helms' fourth homer, a solo shot to left that put
Milwaukee up 4-1.
Francis was pulled with one out in the sixth after hitting
Jenkins with a pitch and giving up a hard single to Hall. Helms
followed with an RBI single off Sun-Woo Kim to put the Brewers up
Francis allowed five runs and seven hits after giving up nine
runs and 13 hits in 3 1/3 innings Thursday in a loss to Pittsburgh.
"I'm fighting against myself," Francis said. "I'm going out
there and they're not beating me. It's me making the mistakes and
they're taking advantage of them. That's the most frustrating thing
Weeks hit his 10th homer in the seventh, a solo shot to
right-center off Kim that put Milwaukee up 6-3.
Yost was ejected by plate umpire Bill Miller in the top of
the fifth for arguing a check swing call against Hall. ... Both
teams took batting practice indoors due to rain. ... Santos plunked
Danny Ardoin on the top of the helmet in the fifth, and the ball
caromed over the screen and about 10 rows into the stands. Ardoin
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