Colorado Rockies’ Charlie Blackmon, center, overpowers Jake Cave, left, after Cave’s walkoff RBI single off Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Joel Payamps in the 10th inning of a baseball game Monday, July 1, 2024, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

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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Colorado Rockies’ Jake Cave, right, follows the flight of his walkoff RBI single against Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Joel Payamps in the 10th inning of a baseball game Monday, July 1, 2024, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Colorado Rockies’ Jake Cave (11) celebrates his win over Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Joel Payamps in the 10th inning of a baseball game on Monday, July 1, 2024, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Colorado Rockies’ Brenton Doyle follows the flight of his solo home run against Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Elvis Peguero in the eighth inning of a baseball game Monday, July 1, 2024, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Home plate umpire Brennan Miller ejects Milwaukee Brewers manager Pat Murphy, right, for arguing after Joey Ortiz was called out for hitting a ground ball to Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Austin Gomber in the fifth inning of a baseball game, Monday, July 1, 2024, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Milwaukee Brewers third base coach Jason Lane (left) congratulates William Contreras (right), who rounds the bases, after hitting a solo home run against Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Austin Gomber in the fifth inning of a baseball game Monday, July 1, 2024, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Milwaukee Brewers relief pitcher Elvis Peguero works against the Colorado Rockies in the eighth inning of a baseball game Monday, July 1, 2024, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Austin Gomber asks for a new ball after giving up a slow home run to Milwaukee Brewers’ William Contreras in the fifth inning of a baseball game, Monday, July 1, 2024, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Milwaukee Brewers’ William Contreras gestures as he crosses home plate after hitting a solo home run against Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Austin Gomber in the fifth inning of a baseball game, Monday, July 1, 2024, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Milwaukee Brewers’ Eric Haase reacts after driving in a run with a single against Colorado Rockies relief pitcher Justin Lawrence in the eighth inning of a baseball game, Monday, July 1, 2024, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Milwaukee Brewers manager Pat Murphy, right, argues with umpire Brennan Miller, left, after Miller ejected him for protesting a call against him in the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Monday, July 1, 2024, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Milwaukee Brewers assistant manager Rickie Weeks Jr. (right) escorts manager Pat Murphy (left) to the clubhouse after Murphy was ejected for protesting a call by home plate umpire Brennan Miller during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies, Monday, July 1, 2024, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Milwaukee Brewers’ Jackson Chourio follows the flight of his single to drive in two runs against Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Austin Gomber in the fourth inning of a baseball game, Monday, July 1, 2024, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)