MILWAUKEE -- Brewers manager Ron Roenicke acknowledged Tuesday that closer Francisco Rodriguez was not pitching with the same command he had earlier in the season.
Rodriguez has allowed seven runs over seven innings in his last seven outings.
"Frankie depends on the command," Roenicke said. "He depends on the off-speed stuff. When he's not commanding his fastball, now he's got to go to the off-speed and he has to be really good with those pitches.
Jonathan Schoop homered off a Rodriguez curve ball that was just off the plate with two outs in the ninth inning Tuesday night to bring Baltimore within 6-5.
"To me that is not a bad pitch," Roenicke said. "That should not have been hit for a home run. It was great hitting or he was looking for it. Whatever the case is, that was a good pitch."
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