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DENVER (AP) - Walt Weiss can’t ever remember watching a bases clearing wild pitch. The Colorado Rockies manager hopes to never see anything like that happen to his team again.
The Rockies made a season-high four errors and dropped their fifth straight in a 9-4 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday.
The lowlight of the error-fest might have been in the third inning, when the Brewers broke open the game with a bizarre play on a wild pitch. They had the bases loaded and pitcher Wily Peralta at the plate, when Christian Friedrich sent a fastball past catcher Mike McKenry.
That began quite a chain of events and changed the complexion of the game.
Although McKenry quickly tracked the ball down on the right side of the plate, he tossed it out of Friedrich’s reach as the pitcher covered home. Aramis Ramirez scored, along with Mark Reynolds from second as the ball rolled toward the Milwaukee dugout.
Jean Segura was on first when the play started, but when Friedrich walked toward the field with his head down after picking up the ball, Segura hustled home to score, making it an 8-2 game. McKenry was charged with a throwing error.
“It was just one of those bizarre plays,” Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki said. “It was an unfortunate play and it ended up hurting us.”
Aramis Ramirez had three hits, including a solo homer, Peralta won his fourth straight start, and Carlos Gomez extended his hitting streak to 17 games to help the Brewers improve to 5-1 on their seven-game trip.
But Segura’s baserunning had the Brewers buzzing in the clubhouse.
“First time in my career I’ve seen three runs score on a wild pitch,” said Ramirez, who was replaced by a pinch hitter in the ninth inning because of a tight back. “He was just alert. You’ve got to be on your toes when (Segura) is on the bases.”
Segura’s bat ignited the Brewers the night before as he hit two homers. This time, it was not only his speed on the bases, but his glove. He made several nifty plays in the hole at shortstop.
“Just trying to do the best I can,” Segura said.
Peralta (8-5) went 7 2-3 solid innings and allowed four runs, three earned. He gave up a two-run single to Justin Morneau in the first and then shut down the league’s best offense until Corey Dickerson’s two-run homer in the sixth.
Friedrich (0-1) lasted six innings and surrendered nine runs, four earned, in his season debut. He is the 11th starting pitcher the Rockies have used this season.
The 26-year-old lefty, who missed most of last season due to back inflammation, was 1-8 with a 7.89 ERA for Triple-A Colorado Springs before being recalled.
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