Brewers 3, Rockies 2

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Jeff Suppan and three relievers limited Colorado to six hits as the Milwaukee Brewers held off the Rockies 3-2 on Sunday, breaking a six-game slide at Coors Field.

Ryan Braun, Bill Hall and Gabe Kapler all had RBI singles and Joe Dillon scored two runs, both times after drawing walks. Dillon, who was filling in at second for Rickie Weeks, finished with three walks and a double.

Suppan (4-4) pitched 5 1-3 methodical innings, scattering four hits and allowing two runs - one earned - but tied a season high with five walks. He also had three strikeouts as he improved to 6-1 lifetime against Colorado.

Carlos Villanueva went 1 2-3 innings, Brian Shouse got one out in the eighth and Salomon Torres finished off the win, throwing 1 2-3 innings to pick up his seventh save.

With Brad Hawpe on third and one out in the eighth, Torres walked pinch-hitter Ryan Spilborghs before getting Omar Quintanilla to hit a slow roller back to him, catching Hawpe in a rundown. Pinch-hitter Jonathan Herrera then grounded out to second to end the threat.

Villanueva worked his way out of a one-out, bases-loaded jam in the seventh by striking out Todd Helton and then getting Garrett Atkins to roll out to shortstop.

Helton also flied out to right field with the bases loaded in the second and ended the game by lining out to third with no runners on.

Jeff Francis became the first lefty in Rockies history to strike out 500 when he enticed Braun to swing at a pitch out of the zone in the second.

Francis joins Pedro Astacio (749) and Jason Jennings (622) as the only Colorado pitchers to reach the 500-strikeout plateau.

However, Francis (2-6) struggled with his control most of the afternoon, walking four in six innings.

Francis helped himself in the second by driving in a run with a single, his first RBI of the season. Chris Iannetta added an RBI single in the sixth, scoring Atkins who led off the frame with a double.

Braun, Kapler, Prince Fielder and Corey Hart all finished with two hits.

The Brewers pounced on Francis early, scoring two runs in the first and another in the second.

Notes: Rockies OF Matt Holliday could be back with the team as soon as Tuesday. Holliday has been out since May 25 with a strained left hamstring. ... INF Clint Barmes' sprained right knee is on the mend, but he still doesn't trust it enough to plant and throw going to his left on grounders. He'll accompany the team to Chicago next weekend and said he hopes to be sent out on a rehab assignment soon after that. ... RHP Luis Vizcaino made his first relief appearance since going on the disabled list with a strained right shoulder on April 4. He pitched the eighth and gave up two walks.