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Brewers rally in ninth but fall in 11

Arenado homers in the 11th to thwart Milwaukee’s rally

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    Nolan Arenado runs the bases after homering off Corey Knebel in the 11th inning on Sunday.

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    Colorado Rockies' Carlos Gonzalez (5) lots Nolan Arenado after the 11th inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018, in Milwaukee. The Rockies won 5-4. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

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    Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Adam Ottavino reacts after giving upon a home run to Milwaukee Brewers' Mike Moustakas during the ninth inning on Sunday at Miller Park.

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    Colorado Rockies' Seunghwan Oh (18) and Trevor Story celebrate after the 11th inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018, in Milwaukee. The Rockies won 5-4. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

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    The Milwaukee Brewers’ Orlando Arcia hits an RBI double during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies on Sunday at Miller Park.

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MILWAUKEE — The Colorado Rockies can finally relax on the flight home.

Nolan Arenado hit a go-ahead homer with two outs in the 11th inning and the Colorado Rockies beat the Milwaukee Brewers 5-4 on Sunday thanks to an overturned replay review.

Arenado’s 29th homer of the season came off Brewers closer Corey Knebel (2-2) and helped the Rockies avoid a sweep, giving them a sigh of relief after finishing an otherwise tough Midwest trip losers of five of seven.

“These games, they’ve been extremely stressful,” Arenado said. “They’ve been tough on us. We needed to win that game.”

With Colorado closer Wade Davis struggling, the Brewers rallied for three runs in the ninth off Adam Ottavino in a save situation. Given a second chance, newly acquired reliever Seunghwan Oh closed out the Brewers in the 11th.

Scott Oberg (7-0) got the win, allowing a hit erased by a double play in the 10th.

Nothing came easy, though.

Oh allowed a hit to Travis Shaw to lead off the 11th. After getting Ryan Braun to fly out, Jonathan Schoop singled to put men on first and second.

Erik Kratz then hit a grounder, and Schoop was forced out at second. Kratz was initially ruled safe at first, but it took 58 seconds to overturn the call on video review, ending the game on the double play.

“Didn’t see it, I assume they got it right,” Kratz said. “We have to assume they got it right.”

It was Oh’s first save since coming from Toronto in a July 26 trade.

Davis, who blew consecutive save opportunities on Thursday and Friday, could only watch Ottavino do the same in a wild ninth inning.

“He had some unfortunate happenings around him,” Padres manager Bud Black said.

Trailing 4-1, Mike Moustakas led off with a homer for the Brewers. After an out, Braun reached base on a catcher’s interference call, and with two outs and two strikes, Ottavino threw a wild pitch that Kratz swung at.

Kratz reached first on the swinging strikeout, and with new life, Orlando Arcia doubled to score Braun. With Kratz on third, Ottavino uncorked another wild pitch, allowing Kratz to score, tying it at 4-all and sending the game to extra innings.

The blown save in the ninth erased a sterling performance by Rockies starter Jon Gray.

He allowed one run over eight innings, scattering four hits and two walks while striking out eight, including the final three batters he faced. In his last four starts, Gray has dropped his ERA more than a full point to 4.73 by allowing just five runs over 29 2/​3 innings.

Arenado saved a run in the sixth with some nifty glove work.

With runners on the corners and two outs, the third baseman snagged Braun’s chopper moving backward in the hole to his left, then spun and fired a strike to Ian Desmond at first.

“You don’t really think about it until you watch the replay,” Arenado said. “It’s hard to impress Bud because he’s been around a long time, but he even said it’s one of the greatest plays he’s ever seen from me.”

Trevor Story homered for the third straight game with a three-run shot off Brewers starter Wade Miley in the fifth.

Story now has four homers over his last three games, including two in Saturday night’s loss, and 24 on the season. In seven games against the Brewers this season, he’s hit seven homers to go along with 18 RBIs.

The Milwaukee Brewers claimed right-hander Jordan Lyles off waivers from the San Diego. The 27-year-old Lyles is 2-4 with a 4.29 ERA in 24 appearances, including eight starts, this season. Brewers general manager David Stearns expects to activate Lyles Tuesday or Wednesday.

Milwaukee has a day off on Monday before starting a three-game series against San Diego.


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