MLB: Milwaukee Brewers at Colorado RockiesJul 2, 2024; Denver, Colorado, USA; Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Rhys Hoskins (12) is hit by a pitch and drives in a run in the ninth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

It didn’t look pretty, but the Milwaukee Brewers, leaders in the National League Central, finally managed to win in Denver.

The Brewers snapped a six-game losing streak at Coors Field that dates back to Sept. 6, 2022, with a 4-3 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Tuesday night. Rhys Hoskins drove in the winning run with a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch in the ninth inning.

Milwaukee’s league-leading 26th comeback win of the season evened the four-game series.

Colin Rea (7-2, 3.61 ERA), who went 3-0 with a 3.25 ERA in five starts in June, will start for the Brewers in Game 3 of the series on Wednesday night and will face fellow right-hander Dakota Hudson (2-11, 5.84).

Rea is 0-0 with a 4.35 ERA in two career starts against Colorado. He is coming off a 4-2 win over the Chicago Cubs on Friday in which he allowed two runs on three hits in 5 1/3 innings, walked two and struck out eight.

Hudson has lost four straight starts, including a 5-3 loss to the worst team in the majors, the Chicago White Sox, last Friday when he allowed five runs on six hits in five innings. He is 1-4 with a 5.14 ERA in 10 career appearances (seven starts) against the Brewers.

Milwaukee entered the ninth inning Tuesday trailing the Rockies 3-2. The Brewers ground out two runs, forcing Colorado’s relievers to throw 55 pitches.

The Brewers loaded the bases with one out thanks to an infield single by Andruw Monasterio, a walk for Brice Turang and a broken-bat infield single by Christian Yelich, his third hit of the game.

Willy Adames drove in Monasterio with a sacrifice fly to tie the game, and Garrett Mitchell followed with a walk to reload the bases. Reliever Justin Lawrence then hit Rhys Hoskins in the left elbow to drive in Turang for what proved to be the winning run.

“Give our guys credit,” Milwaukee manager Pat Murphy said. “This was a tough place for us to get a win. We didn’t get the big hit, but we picked at it like little woodpeckers and came up with enough.”

“The guys had some great at-bats,” said Adames, who is 5-for-8 with two RBIs and two runs in the series. “They fought all the way to the end and we came out on top. We’re competitors here. We’re always going to keep fighting and we’re never going to give up.”

The loss snapped a rare two-game winning streak for Colorado, which was trying to win three games in a row for the first time since May 9-15, when the Rockies won a season-record seven straight games.

“Any time you let players walk in the ninth inning in a one-run game, you’re putting yourself in jeopardy,” Rockies manager Bud Black said.

“It’s frustrating,” left fielder Nolan Jones told The Denver Post. “As a team, we’ve got to win these games.”

Brenton Doyle had another big game for Colorado on Tuesday, hitting his third home run in two games and adding an RBI double in the eighth inning to give the Rockies a brief 3-2 lead.

–Field Level Media