MILWAUKEE (AP) — Hunter Renfroe rescued the Milwaukee Brewers when they were one strike away from a fourth consecutive defeat.
Luis Urías and Brent Suter took over from there and helped the Brewers extend their NL Central lead Friday night with a 6-5 victory over the Colorado Rockies in 13 innings.
Renfroe ripped a 2-2 slider from Robert Stephenson over the left-field wall for a game-tying, two-run homer with two outs in the 10th inning. Renfroe’s 14th homer of the season — and first since June 19 — traveled an estimated 447 feet.
Urías hit a bloop single to bring home the winning run in the 13th, and Suter (2-3) didn’t allow any baserunners 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 left calf strain. “I was. I was trying to hit a homer to center 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. This was the longest game the Brewers have played in terms of innings since the automatic runner extra-inning format took effect in 2020.
“Just an amazing game,” Suter said.
Neither team scored in the 11th or 12th innings. The Brewers squandered a bases-loaded, one-out opportunity in the 12th before breaking through in the 13th.
Urías fell behind 0-2 but worked the count to 2-2 and finally delivered a single to right-center off Jake Bird (1-2) that scored automatic runner Jonathan Davis from second. Urías had been hitless in five at bats before that game-winning single.
“I was trying to put it in play,” Urías said. “The game gets hard sometimes, but you’ve got to keep going and forget about the other ABs. I was trying to stay in…