Rockies 10, Brewers 6

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Troy Tulowitzki and Yorvit Torrealba each hit two-run homers in a decisive fifth inning, as the Colorado Rockies rallied to beat the slumping Milwaukee Brewers 10-6 Friday night.

Matt Holliday also homered, and Todd Helton had a two-run double for Colorado, which won for the sixth time in seven games by scoring twice in the third, three times in the fourth and four times in the fifth.

Ryan Braun had two homers and drove in four runs for Milwaukee, which has lost six of seven and has seen its lead in the NL Central shrink to 31/2 games over the Cubs.

Jeff Francis (9-5) struggled to win his fourth straight decision. He gave up six runs and seven hits in five innings, but hit a key two-run double in the fourth and moved to 8-1 in his last 13 starts

Francis struck out seven and walked two, and his 39 career victories with the Rockies tie him with Kevin Ritz for No. 3 on the franchise list.

Carlos Villanueva (6-1) pitched three innings in relief of starter Chris Capuano, and gave up five runs on three hits - all home runs.

Capuano lasted just three-plus innings to equal his shortest outing of the season. He gave up five runs and six hits, walking three and striking out three.

Capuano also went three innings against St. Louis on May 2 before leaving with an injury. His last victory came five days later, when he moved to 5-0 to start the season. But in his last nine starts, Capuano is 0-6 with a 7.74 ERA, and spent time on the disabled list with a strained left groin.

Helton had a two-run double for Colorado in the third, but Braun and Prince Fielder hit back-to-back home runs for the second time in three games in the bottom of the inning to give Milwaukee a 4-2 lead.

Colorado scored three more times in the fourth before adding four runs in the fifth. Garrett Atkins walked with one out, and Tulowitzki homered to right for his 10th of the season and seventh in his last 17 games. Brad Hawpe then walked, and Torrealba homered to deep left to make it 9-5.

Braun's solo homer in the fifth gave him 13 since the Brewers purchased his contract from Triple-A Nasvhille on May 24. Braun also hit two homers July 6 at Washington, and is hitting .414 (34 for 82) in his last 20 games.

Holiday homered in the sixth, his 16th.

There was a scary moment in the seventh when Fielder reached on a broken-bat single to center. All but the knob of the bat flew into the stands between home plate and first base and appeared to strike a woman in the head. Ushers asked the Brewers' batboys for a towel to stop the bleeding. The woman was alert as she was taken to first aid at the stadium -- and got to keep the bat.

Notes: Before the game, the Rockies placed lefty closer Brian Fuentes on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 4, with a mild strain of his left latissimus dorsi muscle. To take his place on the roster, Colorado recalled IF Omar Quintanilla from Triple-A Colorado Springs. Fuentes last pitched July 3. He was selected to the NL All-Star team but had to be replaced on the roster because of the injury. ... RHP Ben Sheets starts for the Brewers Saturday after pitching one scoreless inning in the All-Star game. He had his six-game winning streak snapped in a 6-3 loss to Pittsburgh on July 5.

(Copyright 2007. The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


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