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MIL@ARI: Lohse tosses six innings to earn eighth win

After a combined 53 hits, 36 runs and eight home runs through two games, the Brewers and Rockies will meet one more time on Sunday for the finale of their weekend series.

Unfortunately for Colorado, the majority of those runs have gone to the visitors, with Milwaukee earning a 13-10 victory in Friday's slugfest before cruising to a 9-4 victory on Saturday. The Brewers will send veteran Kyle Lohse to the mound to try and complete the sweep; Colorado will counter with rookie Tyler Matzek, who will make his third Major League start.

Brewers manager Ron Roenicke has no reason to think his offense will slow down in the hitters' paradise of Coors Field. One part of the team's recent offensive tear has been left fielder Khris Davis, who has batted .292 (7-for-24) through the first six games of this road trip through Arizona and Colorado.

"He's not chasing as many pitches. I think that was probably his biggest problem [earlier this season]," Roenicke said. "He can do damage all over the park. Early in the season, he was pulling the ball. Last year when he was hitting well he was spreading the ball all over … he's not pressing. He was pressing earlier, no question about it."

While first-place Milwaukee has continued rising -- the Brewers are 16 games above .500 after starting 5-1 on this road trip -- the Rockies have been scuffling, largely due to a recent spate of injuries. Three members of the Rockies' starting rotation have been sidelined, as well as starting third baseman Nolan Arenado and 2013 All-Stars Carlos Gonzales and Michael Cuddyer.

Rockies manager Walt Weiss said he was urging his team to take things day by day and not think too far ahead.

"You've got to be careful looking at it that way," Weiss said. "It's important to win that day, regardless of who you've got. That's what these guys are doing. You saw [Friday] night, we got down and we came right back. You've seen it many times over this tough stretch. Guys have fought back into games and come up short.

"We know what we've got. We have a bunch of guys coming back in the second half. But in the meantime these guys have been real good with taking our best show with what we've got, focusing on who's available, not who's not available."

The injuries to Rockies pitchers created an opening for Matzek, who has limited opponents to three runs or fewer in his first two MLB starts.

"That's one of the silver linings of having some guys hurt," Weiss said. "You get to look at some guys, and some guys get to establish themselves, prove to themselves and everybody else that they can play at this level and they can in some cases maybe be an everyday player at this level."

Lohse has been solid in his last two starts as well. After an eight-run lapse against Pittsburgh on June 6, he's had two straight quality starts, both in road games.

Rockies: Lopez called up to help overworked 'pen
With the bullpen working overtime to protect a rotation beset by youth and short, ineffective starts, the Rockies purchased the contract of righty Wilton Lopez on Saturday.

The Rockies designated Lopez for assignment on June 16. But with three starters (Brett Anderson,Tyler Chatwood and Eddie Butler) disabled, and with callups Christian Bergman, Tyler Matzek and Christian Friedrich in the rotation, the bullpen needed protection. Lopez, 0-2 with a 4.54 ERA in Colorado Springs, suddenly found himself needed.

Long relievers Tommy Kahnle and Franklin Morales have been used heavily.

"A lot of it has to do with where we're at right now as a pitching staff," Weiss said. "Our bullpen has been pretty taxed and I feel like we needed another guy that can give us multiple innings out there. That's one of the major reasons we brought 'Lopie' back. He's been throwing the ball better."

Brewers: Struggling Reynolds finds stroke at Coors
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said before Friday's series opener that he hoped Mark Reynolds could find a spark in Colorado, and the first baseman seemed to respond. Entering the series, Reynolds had hit .267 with 20 RBIs over 105 at-bats in Colorado. He added two hits, two RBIs and two runs in Saturday's game.

Reynolds has traditionally been a streaky hitter, and Roenicke didn't sound overly concerned about him before the series.

"That's been his career," said Roenicke. "But when you get into a ballpark like this and he hits a couple in the air, things can turn around in a hurry."

Reynolds is expected to start again Sunday with another lefty on the mound for Colorado.

Worth noting
• The Brewers' Carlos Gomez has reached base in 34 consecutive games, a current Major League-best streak. He also has a 17-game hit streak.

• Matzek has yet to allow a home run in the Majors, making him just the sixth pitcher in franchise history to keep the ball in the park in each of his first two career starts. Comments