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Segura hits two homers to help Brewers hold off Rockies

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The Canadian Press
6/21/2014 2:21:15 AM
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DENVER -- Ron Roenicke was worn out from watching the baseball soar so much in just one game. The Milwaukee Brewers skipper can't even begin to imagine playing half his games in this hitter friendly park.

"There's just so much that happens," Roenicke said.

Especially on a humid night with no wind blowing. The baseballs were flying like the old days, before the humidor came into existence at Coors Field.

Jean Segura homered twice and Ryan Braun had three hits in his 1,000th career game, helping the Brewers hold off the Colorado Rockies 13-10 on Friday night.

"There are a lot of good ballparks to hit in. There are," Roenicke said. "But those balls were crushed."

Indeed, they were.

Khris Davis homered and Carlos Gomez extended his hitting streak to 16 games as the Brewers scored their most runs of the year and tied a season high with 19 hits.

Segura said he's never had a multihomer game before Friday. He could definitely get used to hitting here.

"Everybody likes hitting in this park," Segura said. "This place is great for hitters. It's amazing how balls go off the bat here, just go out in the field so quickly."

Marco Estrada (6-4) was noticing the same thing. He didn't feel like he pitched all that bad. But then he looked at his line for the night -- seven runs in 5 2-3 innings and a career-most 10 hits -- and he can't help but wince a bit.

"I still think I threw the ball really well," Estrada said. "Nothing you can do about it, just keep going."

In their first game since being no-hit by Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, the Rockies got their league-leading offence back on track with a 16-hit evening, which included homers from Justin Morneau, Corey Dickerson and Brandon Barnes. Morneau finished with five RBIs.

"Guys turned the page pretty well," manager Walt Weiss said. "(The no-hitter) was long forgotten when the game started."

Christian Bergman (0-2) was roughed up as he allowed seven runs in three innings. The righty departed soon after taking a liner off the base of his left hand.

"It's fine," Bergman said. "It's not broken, it's just really swollen. Hopefully it cools down in the next couple of days."

Roenicke had a feeling it was going to be a long night when the teams combined for 13 runs and 16 hits in the first three innings.

"I thought it was going to be a big number (to win)," Roenicke said.

About then, Estrada began to find his groove. He pitched three straight scoreless innings to give Brewers' hitters a chance to open a gap. Milwaukee took the lead for good on Segura's second homer of the game in the third.

The Brewers were leading 11-6 in the sixth when Dickerson hit a two-run homer -- his fourth hit of the game.

An inning later, Barnes lined a two-run homer to make it 12-10.

Milwaukee reliever Will Smith found himself in a precarious situation in the eighth. With two on and one out, Segura made a nifty play in the hole to snare Morneau's grounder and threw to second for a forceout. Smith then struck out Wilin Rosario to end the threat.

Francisco Rodriguez struck out two of three in ninth for his 24th save in 26 chances.

Gomez finished with three singles to stretch his streak of safely reaching base to 33 straight games. That ties him for the fifth-longest streak in franchise history.

Braun was 3 for 6 with two doubles. He was booed each time he stepped to the plate in the wake of his suspension last season following Major League Baseball's investigation into the Biogenesis drug scandal.

NOTES: Milwaukee, the best road team in baseball, improved to 4-1 on its seven-game trip. ... The Brewers will throw RHP Wily Peralta (7-5) on Saturday against LHP Christian Friedrich, who will be making his season debut. Friedrich missed most of last season with back inflammation. ... Rockies 3B Nolan Arenado (broken left middle finger) said his recent X-ray came back clean and that he hopes to begin batting as soon as next week. He put on his glove again Friday. "Felt a little weird," Arenado said. "But it felt good."

Jean Segura (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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