DENVER (AP) — Jake Cave hit a bases-loaded single over a five-man infield in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Colorado Rockies an 8-7 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday night.

Brenton Doyle hit two home runs and Charlie Blackmon hit his third career home run on his birthday to help Colorado outlast the Brewers.

With this victory, the Rockies, the worst team in the NL, achieved consecutive victories for the first time in a month.

“It takes effort like we had tonight, where we had good starting pitching, we pitched well in relief when we had to, we had clutch hitting and we always played good defense,” manager Bud Black said. “That’s what you need to win games and that’s why we won, because we did four of those things.”

William Contreras hit a home run among his three hits for Milwaukee, falling one triple short of the cycle. Willy Adames had three hits, including an RBI single to spark a three-run eighth that put the Brewers back ahead, 7-6.

Doyle hit his second home run of the game, a two-out solo shot in the eighth inning against Elvis Peguero, creating the fourth tie of the night at 7-7.

Tyler Kinley (4-1) picked up the win with a scoreless 10th inning, getting out of trouble by retiring Garrett Mitchell.

“I’m proud of our guys,” Brewers manager Pat Murphy said. “They hung in there. They fell behind early, but they came back and fought. We had some chances, but we didn’t execute the way we should have, and we give the Rockies credit for that. They did a great job of making big hits.”

Pinch-runner Aaron Schunk started the bottom of the 10th as the automatic runner on second base. He advanced to third when Michael Toglia flew out Joel Payamps (1-5). Milwaukee then intentionally walked Doyle and Nolan Jones to load the bases. The Brewers brought in an outfielder to load the infield with an extra defender, but Cave hit a clean single into the wide-open outfield to score Schunk with the winning run.

Cave was excited, saying it was the first game-ending hit in his seven-year major league career.

“It’s awesome. I was excited,” Cave said. “You know, when you’re a little kid, you think about that, they let a couple of guys walk up to you and you win the game. It was a dream come true and I hope I get the chance to do it again, but it was awesome.”

Milwaukee took a 4-3 lead on Contreras’ solo homer in the fifth, which came after plate umpire Brennan Miller ejected Murphy. Miller threw out the Brewers manager for challenging a call that Joey Ortiz ran out of the baseline while avoiding the tag of pitcher Austin Gomber on a bunt.

Colorado regained the lead with two runs in the fifth inning and added another in the sixth inning on a run-scoring double by Jones.

The Rockies took a 3-0 lead on a two-run drive by Doyle to center field against Bryse Wilson in the second inning and a solo shot by Blackmon against Wilson in the third inning.

Blackmon, who turned 38 on Monday, was given the green light to pitch 3-0 and drove Wilson’s sacrifice 431 feet to center. He also hit a home run on his birthday in 2022 against Arizona and 2011 against Kansas City for the first of his 14-year major league career.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Brewers: Ortiz returned to the starting lineup for the first time since leaving last Wednesday’s game against Texas with neck stiffness. He did appear as a pinch runner Saturday against the Cubs. … Mitchell was reinstated from the 60-day injured list and made his season debut, entering as a pinch hitter in the seventh inning. He was placed on the IL in late March with a broken left index finger.

Rockies: OF Kris Bryant, sidelined for the past month with a bruised left rib, has resumed baseball activities for the first time since suffering the injury. He is expected to do a minor league rehab assignment before returning to the big league club. … RHP Germán Márquez is expected to head to Double-A Hartford in the next day or two for another rehab stint in his ongoing effort to return from Tommy John surgery. Márquez missed most of last season after undergoing reconstructive elbow surgery in May 2023.

NEXT ONE

In the second game of the four-game series, Milwaukee LHP Dallas Keuchel (0-0, 11.25 ERA) takes on RHP Ryan Feltner (1-7, 5.82).

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Dennis Georgatos, The Associated Press