Rockies back Marquez with 3 HRs, beat Brewers 8-4

Gerardo Parra and Carlos Gonzalez also homered and each drove in two runs, and Nolan Arenado had a two-run triple for the Rockies, who are one game up on the Arizona Diamondbacks for the top NL wild card.

Carlos Gonzalez hit a HR to the opposite field in Colorado's series-opening win. (Ron Chenoy/USA Today Sports)
Carlos Gonzalez hit a HR to the opposite field in Colorado's series-opening win. (Ron Chenoy/USA Today Sports)
Carlos Gonzalez hit a HR to the opposite field in Colorado’s series-opening win. (Ron Chenoy/USA Today Sports)

By Brent W. New, Associated Press

Charlie Blackmon hit his sixth leadoff home run of the season, German Marquez won for the first time in three weeks and the Colorado Rockies beat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-4 on Friday night.

Gerardo Parra and Carlos Gonzalez also homered and each drove in two runs, and Nolan Arenado had a two-run triple for the Rockies, who are one game up on the Arizona Diamondbacks for the top NL wild card.

Marquez (10-5) allowed four runs — including three solo shots — in 5 2/3 innings. He struck out six and walked one while getting his first win since July 29.

Trailing 2-1, the Rockies took the lead with a three-run third. Marquez legged out a double with one out and Blackmon singled to put runners at the corners. Arenado got his two-run triple off the right-field wall with two outs, and Parra followed with a run-scoring single that zipped off the outstretched glove of Milwaukee shortstop Orlando Arcia to put Colorado ahead 4-2.

Parra added a solo homer and Gonzalez’s two-run shot a batter later chased Brewers starter Matt Garza (6-7) in the fifth.

The Rockies scored more than four runs for just the third time in their last 13 games.

Domingo Santana homered for Milwaukee, and Keon Broxton and Arcia hit consecutive solo shots, the sixth time the Brewers have had back-to-back homers this year.

Eric Thames added a double and triple for the Brewers, who snapped a four-game winning streak.

Garza allowed eight runs in 4 1/3 innings. He is now 2-6 with a 6.90 ERA in his career against the Rockies and 0-4 with a 10.02 mark at Coors Field.

Blackmon drove a slider over the left field wall on Garza’s fourth pitch of the game.