- Associated Press - Saturday, June 20, 2015

DENVER (AP) - Not even reliable starter Jorge De La Rosa could help turn the tide on the Colorado Rockies’ most recent downward spiral.

Not even against the sputtering Milwaukee Brewers. Not even for an inning.

De La Rosa struggled early and often, giving up two home runs in the first inning, as the Rockies lost to the Brewers 9-5 on Friday night, extending their losing streak to five games.

“Anyone could hit anything today,” said De La Rosa, who suffered his first loss since May 2.

De La Rosa (4-3) allowed six runs and 11 hits in five innings. He gave up a combined 11 hits and six runs over his previous three June starts.

“He’d been throwing the ball outstanding the last five or six times out,” Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. “He really struggled with command early on.”

The Rockies, who surrendered 30 runs when they were swept in a four-game, home-and-home series against the Houston Astros earlier in the week, couldn’t turn the page.

“We just need to get better,” Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez said. “We’re not hitting. We’re not pitching. You can’t win that way.”

Ryan Braun hit a two-run homer and Taylor Jungmann threw six innings to help the Brewers snap a six-game losing streak.

Aramis Ramirez added a solo shot as the Brewers rediscovered the long ball after hitting only one homer in their losing streak.

Ben Paulsen finished a homer shy of the cycle for the Rockies.

Relying almost exclusively on his fastball, Jungmann (2-1) handcuffed Colorado’s potent offense early before losing steam. The right-hander allowed four runs and eight hits.

The Brewers tied a season high with 16 hits. Everyone in the lineup had at least one, including the first of Jungmann’s career - a bloop single in the fifth.

Ramirez and Shane Peterson had three hits each to help manager Craig Counsell pick up a win against the organization that selected him in the 11th round of the 1992 draft. Counsell played two seasons with Colorado before being traded.

The Rockies took a while to figure out Jungmann, who was making his third start after being recalled from Triple-A Colorado Springs. He retired nine of his first 10 hitters, the only hiccup a quirky infield single by Paulsen in the second. A pigeon that landed near second baseman Hernan Perez flew away as the ball rolled toward it.

Trailing 6-0 in the fourth, Nolan Arenado hit a two-run triple and Paulsen added an RBI double. In the sixth, Paulsen’s RBI triple made it 6-4.

Milwaukee added three runs in the seventh to quiet the crowd and quell any thoughts of a rally.

Before the game, Weiss had a meeting with some of his hitters to take the temperature of the clubhouse in the midst of their slide.

“I’m good with their effort. When you lose it never looks good,” Weiss said. “It always looks like you’re flat when you don’t score. They show up, prepare and compete every day.”

TRAINER’S ROOM

Brewers: OF Carlos Gomez (right groin, hip) ran Friday and “felt pretty good doing it,” Counsell said. “It’s a positive step.” Counsell is hopeful Gomez can avoid a stint on the DL. “We can probably get through the weekend, but then probably have to make a decision.”

Rockies: Reliever Rafael Betancourt (vertigo symptoms) will pitch Sunday in a rehab assignment with Triple-A Albuquerque. … Sent down to work on his swing, OF Drew Stubbs is making some progress with Albuquerque. Stubbs is hitting .250. “He’s in a pretty good place,” Weiss said.

UP NEXT

Brewers: RHP Kyle Lohse (3-8, 6.44) gave up eight runs in an opening day loss to Colorado at Miller Park. He’s 6-4 in 14 career starts against the Rockies.

Rockies: RHP Chad Bettis (2-3, 3.74) faces the Brewers for the first time Saturday. He lost his last start at Houston, allowing five runs in five innings.

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