MILWAUKEE (AP) - Kevin Millwood believed his time in the majors might be finished when he didn't have a job midway through the season. The way he's pitched recently, this final opportunity may last a lot longer than expected.
``When I got the call that I was coming here, I knew right away it was probably a last chance for me,' Millwood said. ``To take advantage of it a little bit, it feels good.'
Carlos Gonzalez homered and drove in three runs to lift the Colorado Rockies to a 6-2 victory over the punchless Brewers on Wednesday night and snap a six-game skid in Milwaukee.
The 36-year-old Millwood (3-2) scattered two runs over six innings for the Rockies, who kept the Brewers from moving closer to their first division title in 29 years by roughing up starter Shaun Marcum.
``At the beginning of the season, I wanted to keep pitching, no doubt about that,' Millwood said. ``Hopefully this opportunity leads to more opportunities in the future.
``The whole key has been getting an opportunity and showing people I can win at this level. I don't think the confidence ever weighed on my side. Obviously it did on a lot of other people's.'
Millwood bounced around the minors with the Yankees and Red Sox organizations this season. He allowed four hits and two walks over six innings in his fourth quality start since signing with the Rockies on Aug. 10.
``I can't say enough about the job that Kevin Millwood has done since he's arrived with us,' Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. ``He's competed extremely well. He's pitched very competitive innings. He knows what to do with a lead.'
Corey Hart tripled and scored on Nyjer Morgan's groundout to start the game, but that was Milwaukee's only hit off Millwood until Yuniesky Betancourt's single in the fifth.
Colorado answered with three runs with two out off Shaun Marcum (12-7) in the third. Mark Ellis singled in a run before Gonzalez's homer deep to right-center field made it 3-1.
Wilin Rosario added a solo shot - the second homer of his career - in the fourth.
The Rockies made it 6-1 in the fifth on Gonzalez's sacrifice fly and a fielding error by second baseman Rickie Weeks that allowed Ellis to score. The sloppy play drew boos from the crowd because Ellis had stopped at third on Jason Giambi's double before Weeks failed to cleanly catch Hart's throw from right field.
Milwaukee scored a run on a wild pitch from Millwood with two out in the sixth to cut the lead to 6-2, but never broke through Colorado's bullpen.
``You're not going to downplay what this guy has done since his arrival,' Tracy said. ``Not only has he been really, really good between the lines, he's been just as exceptional in this clubhouse, rubbing off on some of our younger guys.'
The Rockies didn't have shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (hip bursitis) or first baseman Todd Helton (back stiffness) in the lineup after both started the night before. Tulowitzki is not expected back for several days.
NOTES: Rockies C Eliezer Alfonzo was suspended 100 games, becoming the first player suspended twice for performance-enhancing drugs under MLB's testing program. ... Ellis has a seven-game hitting streak. ... Rockies SS Thomas Field had his first major-league hit in the second inning. ... Colorado returns home to face San Francisco beginning Thursday. RHP Jhoulys Chacin (11-11, 3.64) faces Giants RHP Ryan Vogelsong (10-7, 2.66).
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