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Brewers capitalize on Rockies errors, win 5-3

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Four defensive miscues in one inning were the difference in this game.

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W: Will Smith (1-0)
L: Rob Scahill (0-2)

HR: Elian Herrera (1)

The Brewers connected for a dozen hits today, but errors were the deciding factor as they rallied to beat the Rockies 5-3. The game was tied 3-3 in the eighth when Irving Falu, Jeff Bianchi and Kevin Mattison all reached on three consecutive fielding miscues, with the final play bringing Falu home with the game-winning run.

Kyle Lohse's perfect spring came to an end today, but he limited all the damage to one inning. He pitched three innings in this game and allowed two runs on three hits, all during the second inning.  Lohse was followed to the mound by Michael Blazek, who walked four of the nine batters he faced but pitched two scoreless innings. Wei-Chung Wang recorded a pair of strikeouts while working a scoreless sixth and seventh before Smith came in and allowed a run in the eighth. Smith was rewarded with the win when the Brewers rallied to retake the lead.

Logan Schafer was the offensive star for the Crew today, connecting for three hits, stealing two bases and scoring a run. He now has seven hits in 14 at bats this spring.

Today's unusual event came in the sixth inning, when Rockies manager Walt Weiss used baseball's new experimental replay system to request a review of one of Schafer's stolen bases. Schafer was called safe on the field, and replay confirmed the call.

The homestand continues tomorrow when the Brewers host the Padres at 2:05. Matt Garza is scheduled to pitch against Joe Ross.