DENVER — There would be no comeback Saturday night.
One night after scoring 11 runs and rallying to beat the Colorado Rockies, the Milwaukee Brewers’ bats went cold.
Kyle Freeland pitched effectively into the seventh inning, Trevor Story homered twice and doubled to drive in Colorado’s runs, and the Rockies beat the Brewers 4-0.
Milwaukee had won five straight road games and four in a row at Coors Field, including wins Thursday and Friday to open the series, which wraps up today.
Milwaukee was shut out for the eighth time this season, falling to 5-5 against left-handers.
“He did a nice job locating pitches,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said of Freeland.
Freeland (3-4) kept the Brewers in check the night after they had battered Rockies pitchers in an 11-10 win in 10 innings. He gave up four hits in 6⅓ innings, striking out six and walking four while helping Colorado snap a three-game losing streak.
Story put together his first multihomer game of the season, hitting both off Brent Suter (2-3), who pitched a day ahead of his scheduled start after Chase Anderson was scratched hours before he was to take the mound because of a stomach illness.
The team announced after the game that Anderson would be placed on the disabled list and Jorge Lopez would be recalled. Freddy Peralta also received the call to make a spot start this afternoon.
“It’s quite a story. His family has never seen him pitch and they were in Colorado Springs tonight to see him,” Counsell said of Peralta, the right-hander who was scratched so he could instead head to Denver for his major league debut. “They got a good gift.”
Peralta will face right-hander Jon Gray (4-4, 4.24 ERA), who has won three straight starts since losing a career-high three in a row.
Nolan Arenado tripled ahead of Story’s first-inning homer and doubled ahead of his run-scoring double in the third. Story added a solo home run in the fifth for his first multihomer game since last Aug. 16 against Atlanta.
Suter, whose fifth-inning double stood out as the Brewers’ only extra-base hit, went five innings and allowed four runs and seven hits. He struck out two and walked one.
“Brent got burned by a couple of his offspeed pitches tonight,” Counsell said.
Freeland was relieved by Bryan Shaw after issuing successive one-out walks in the seventh but Shaw and Mike Dunn retired the next two batters to end the threat.
Adam Ottavino and Wade Davis each pitched scoreless innings to close out the win for the Rockies.
Aguilar at third
Orlando Arcia arrived early at Coors Field, and when he saw a lineup with Jesus Aguilar starting at third base, he called Aguilar.
Brewers coaches hadn’t given Aguilar — a first baseman listed at 6-foot-3 and 296 pounds in this year’s media guide — any notice about his first career start at the hot corner on a planned off-day for Travis Shaw.
“Thank God,” Aguilar said. “If they told me last night, I wasn’t going to sleep.”
Aguilar had logged 3⅓ innings at third base in his Major League career before Saturday. His only professional start at the position was in 2014 for the Indians’ Class AAA affiliate.
Barnes to AAA
Right-hander Jacob Barnes, a mainstay of the Brewers’ bullpen since the middle of 2016, was sent down to Class AAA Colorado Springs and replaced by right-hander Alec Asher, who was sent back down after the game.
Barnes has surrendered five runs (four earned) on 12 hits in three innings over four appearances this month, and all three of his inherited runners scored in those games.
“Jacob is going to be back soon,” Counsell said. “But I also think there are some things Jacob needed to straighten out a little.”
Asher, acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers earlier this season, threw two scoreless innings Saturday night, allowing two hits, walking one and striking out two.
The Brewers moved left-hander Wade Miley (strained oblique) to the 60-day disabled list to free up a 40-man roster spot for Asher.
Brewers catching prospect Jacob Nottingham, up for a handful of games earlier this season, was in the middle of a hot streak for Colorado Springs when he sustained a strained intercostal muscle in his rib cage on a check swing Friday night in Nashville. He landed on the SkySox DL on Saturday.
Freddy Peralta (0-0) will make his major league debut for the Brewers on Sunday. He was 5-1 with a 3.63 ERA in seven starts at Colorado Springs. Peralta was scratched from his start for Colorado Springs on Saturday for his promotion to the Brewers.
"His family was in Colorado Springs," Counsell said. "Never seen him pitch professionally. They were there to watch him pitch tonight, so they got a good gift."
Colorado will send out Jon Gray (4-4, 4.24 ERA), who has won three straight starts since losing a career-high three in a row.