Erik Kratz delivered a huge two-run hit in the bottom of the eighth as the Brewers took a 4-0 victory over Colorado and a 2-0 lead in their best-of-five NLDS series Friday at Miller Park.
"It's an incredible opportunity to be here," said Kratz, the 38-year-old journeyman backup. "The energy in the stadium was better than any game I've ever played in, obviously.... I love it."
Game 3 is slated for 3:37 p.m. Sunday at Coors Field. German Marquez will start for the Rockies, while Wade Miley gets the call for Milwaukee.
Brewers starter Jhoulys Chachin, working his first postseason game and throwing for the first time on short rest, turned in five solid innings before turning the game over to the Brewers' vaunted bullpen.
Mike Moustakas, the hero of Game 1, chipped in two big hits to spark an offense that sputtered in a number of situations. The Brewers got two doubles from Hernan Perez won their 10th straight game to move one victory away from the National League Championship Series.
The Rockies, who have squandered some solid pitching lately, managed six hits after having just four in a 3-2, 10-inning loss in the series opener. Colorado has scored just six runs in its last four games.
Colorado scored twice against Jeremy Jeffress in the top of the ninth in Game 1, but the All-Star right-hander bounced back with a six-out save in Game 2.
"I feels great," said Jeffress, who was joined at a postgame press conference by his 4-year-old daughter, Journey. "(Getting another chance) showed the confidence that everyone has in me."