DENVER --Just two games in, and the Milwaukee Brewers' series with the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field has already become one of their most entertaining in recent memory.
Less than 24 hours after outlasting the Rockies in a marathon slugfest, the Brewers rode the momentum of one of the most bizarre baserunning plays you'll ever see to a 9-4 victory on Saturday afternoon.
Aramis Ramirez, Mark Reynolds and Jean Segura all came around to score after a wild pitch thrown by Colorado starter Christian Friedrich in the third inning, a sequence that took the wind out of the Rockies' sails and the air out of the crowd of 38,020.
It was the latest break the Brewers have gotten in what's already turned out to be a terrific road trip. Now 5-1 after taking three of four in Arizona, they'll try for the sweep of the Rockies on Sunday afternoon.
Milwaukee, which is a major-league best 26-15 on the road, is now a season-best 16 games over .500 at 46-30.
Wily Peralta (8-5) tied Kyle Lohse, Sunday's starter, for the team lead in victories with a solid 7 2/3-inning outing. He allowed eight hits, four runs (three earned) and walked one with two strikeouts in a 110-pitch outing.
Peralta has now won four straight starts, a new career high.
There was clearly some lingering craziness left over from Friday's 13-10 Brewers win, because the first few innings might well have topped that barn burner.
After Milwaukee went down in order in the first against Friedman -- he of the 1-8 record and 7.89 earned run average this season at Class AAA Colorado Springs -- Colorado took advantage of some defensive sloppiness.
A Rickie Weeks error on a double-play grounder by Drew Stubbs opened the door for a two-run single to left by Justin Morneau to give the Rockies a 2-0 lead.
The Brewers battled back with four runs in the second, with some poor defense at third base by Josh Rutledge opening the door.
Carlos Gomez led off with a chopper that he couldn't glove, and it trickled past him and down the line to allow Gomez to move to second. He moved up to third on a flyout by Aramis Ramirez and scored on a ground ball by Davis.
Rutledge also booted that play, and then made matters worse by overthrowing Morneau at first base to allow Davis to advance. Reynolds followed with a single to center, snapping out of an 0-for-13 slump in the process, to score Davis and tie it up at 2-2.
Segura was then hit by a pitch, with Peralta following with a double-play grounder to shortstop. Segura, running hard, took out D.J. LeMahieu with his slide and the throw sailed past Morneau, allowing Reynolds to score.
Weeks then tripled to right-center to score Peralta all the way from first to make it 4-2.
Things turned absolutely strange in the third.
Jonathan Lucroy led off with a walk and with one out, Ramirez singled to put two on. After Davis flied out to center, Reynolds doubled to right to score Lucroy.
With first base open and Peralta on deck, the Rockies elected to walk Segura to load the bases. In theory, the correct move in that situation.
Peralta came to the plate and fell behind in the count, 1-2, before Friedrich uncorked a wild pitch that got past McKenry and went to the backstop. Ramirez scored, with McKenry overthrowing the covering Friedrich at home in an attempt to get the out.
The ball sailed to the other side of the plate, just in front of the Milwaukee dugout, allowing Reynolds to score. McKenry was charged with an error for that miscue.
Friedrich tracked the ball down with Segura rounding third. The Brewers' shortstop, reading the situation beautifully, then made a mad dash for home. McKenry, hands on his knees at home plate, was unaware Segura was coming down the line, so Friedrich had to make a diving attempt at a tag.
He came up short, however, and Segura slid in to clear the bases and give the Brewers an 8-2 lead.
Now, in the span of two seasons, Segura has been involved in two of the stranger baserunning plays in major-league history. He gained national attention early last season for his "reverse steal" of second base at Miller Park, a play that quickly became a staple on all the blooper reels.
Milwaukee added another run in the fifth when Ramirez led off with his ninth home run of the season.
Colorado got two back in the sixth on a two-run homer by Corey Dickerson. Milwaukee loaded the bases in the seventh but failed to score.
The Rockies got two on with one out against Peralta in the eighth, but he got a comebacker for the second out and then Rob Wooten came on to strike out McKenry to end the threat.
Wooten and Tom Gorzelanny combined on a scoreless ninth to finish off Colorado.
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