MILWAUKEE — Hunter Renfroe saved the Milwaukee Brewers as they were one stroke away from a fourth straight loss.
Luis Urías and Brent Suter took over and helped the Brewers extend their lead over NL Central on Friday night with a 6-5 victory over the Colorado Rockies in 13 innings.
Renfroe snatched a 2-2 slider from Robert Stephenson on the left field wall for a game-tying two-run homer with two outs in the 10th inning. Renfroe’s 14th circuit of the season – and the first since June 19 – traveled about 447 feet.
Urías hit a bloop single for the winning run in the 13th, and Suter (2-3) allowed no base runners in two innings of relief.
“Before two strikes, I was trying to hit a homer,” said Renfroe, who missed three weeks in late June and early July with a sprained left calf. “I was. I was trying to hit a homer in the middle of the field, and whatever happened, happened.”
Milwaukee leads the NL Central by 1 1/2 games over the St. Louis Cardinals, who lost 9-5 at Cincinnati. It was the longest game the Brewers have played in terms of innings since the auto-runner’s extra inning format came into effect in 2020.
“Just an amazing game,” Suter said.
Neither team scored in the 11th or 12th innings. The Brewers squandered a goal-scoring opportunity and an out in the 12th before breaking through in the 13th.
Urías trailed 0-2 but worked the count up to 2-2 and eventually delivered a single to right center Jake Bird (1-2) that scored auto-runner Jonathan Davis from second. Urías had been hitless in five at-bats before that single winner.
“I was trying to put it on the line,” Urías said. “The game gets difficult at times, but you have to keep going and forget about the other ABs. I was trying to stay in the moment and do my best.”
Urías also played a pivotal role in a big play in the top of the 11th inning that thwarted a Rockies scoring opportunity.
When José Iglesias started with a ground out to shortstop Willy Adames, auto-runner Ryan McMahon tried to go from second to third on the play. Urías caught Adames’ pitch on the rebound and tried to apply the tag.
When McMahon was ruled out, the Rockies contested the appeal. Although some replays appeared to show that Urías may not have made the tag in time, the call was upheld.
“I don’t understand that at all,” McMahon said. “I don’t understand how they messed this up.”
The Rockies took a 5-3 lead against Jandel Gustave in the top of the 10th. Charlie Blackman hit a one-out RBI single, went third on CJ Cron’s single and scored on Brendan Rodgers’ sacrificial volley.
Renfroe responded in the bottom half of the inning.
Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon had three RBIs and hit his 15th home run, a two-point explosion in round three against defending Cy Young Award winner Corbin Burnes. Adames hit a solo homer and Andrew McCutchen hit a two-run shot for Milwaukee late in the third.
There was another encouraging sign for the Brewers.
Milwaukee’s Josh Hader threw a scoreless ninth with two strikeouts and a walk, a sign the four-time All-Star could be coming out of his slump.
Hader had allowed nine runs in one-third innings in his last two appearances, including a 5-2 lead in the ninth inning of an 8-5 loss at San Francisco. The southpaw had allowed 12 runs in 4 1/3 innings in his last six outings, increasing his ERA from 1.05 to 4.50.
Rockies: RHP Antonio Senzatela struck out four, walked one and allowed seven hits and three runs after being called off the disabled list earlier in the day. Senzatela had not pitched since July 1 due to inflammation in his right shoulder.
Brewers: RHP Freddy Peralta is set to begin a rehab mission with Triple-A Nashville on Saturday as he returns from a right side strain. Peralta has not launched since May 22. … RHP Miguel Sánchez hasn’t pitched since June 21 due to ulnar collateral ligament discomfort, and he recently suffered a setback in his recovery. … OF Tyrone Taylor has been activated from the 7-day concussion injured list.
Former Brewers RHP José Ureña (1-1, 2.05 ERA) starts for the Rockies and RHP Brandon Woodruff (7-3, 3.93) pitches for Milwaukee as this four-game series continues Saturday. Ureña signed with the Rockies in May after the Brewers selected him for a posting in late March.