PHOENIX -- The Brewers and Rockies fielded a pair of competitive lineups Sunday afternoon, but it was a day dominated by pitching performances in Milwaukee's 5-3 victory. The starters allowed a combined one run through three-plus innings of work, and the bullpens shut the offense down on both sides through the middle of the seventh, stifling bats and building mound momentum.
Brewers ace Yovani Gallardo pitched into the fourth frame, blanking the Rockies for 3 1/3 innings, allowing three hits and a walk while striking out two.
Rockies starter Alex White had a comparable outing, lasting three innings and yielding a run on two hits and two walks while striking out three. The run came in a rally initiated by Rickie Weeks' two-out double to left-center field. Rockies second baseman Brendan Harris missed the throw, an error that sent Weeks to third and allowed him to score easily on Carlos Gomez's subsequent single to left.
"The pitching was outstanding," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "We got some big hits there. I'd like our early offense to do something more, but it's early. Guys are trying to get their rhythm and their timing. Sometimes it just takes a while."
Alex Gonzalez and Jonathan Lucroy each contributed base hits for the Brewers, while Brooks Conrad laced a double. Ryan Braun reached via a base on balls in the first before striking out with a man on second to end the third. Norichika Aoki and pinch-hitter Eric Farris delivered key hits in a seventh-inning, three-run rally for the Brewers, assisted by two errors and two wild pitches from the Rockies' Mike Ekstrom.
The Brewers' bullpen was solid in the middle innings, with Santo Manzanillo, Jose Veras, and Marco Estrada keeping the Rockies off the board.
The Rockies made things interesting with four runs in the ninth inning against Taylor Jungmann but came up a run short.
Up next for Brewers:
The Brewers are off Monday, then return with split-squad action on Tuesday. Zack Greinke gets the start at home against the Mariners, and Mike Fiers faces the A's at Phoenix Municipal Stadium.
Owen Perkins is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.