Sweeney hit a two-run homer to back Cook, and the Rockies beat
the Milwaukee Brewers 3-0 Thursday for a rare win in a road series."It's another big step for us," Colorado manager Clint Hurdle
said.Colorado, a major league-worst 10-26 on the road, took two of
three from the Brewers. The Rockies had won just one other road
series this year, winning two of three at San Diego from May
31-June 2.The Rockies have won consecutive road games after losing eight
in a row away from Coors Field. Overall, the last-place Rockies
have won three straight series for the first time since May 7-16,
2002."I felt strong, like I was in a rhythm," Cook said. "I could
get my pitches across for strikes."Cook (2-2) won for the first time in four starts, allowing eight
hits, all singles, in eight innings. He had been 0-2 in his
previous three starts."It was the best I've ever seen him pitch," Hurdle said. "He
was impressive. He showed up in a big way for us."Shawn Chacon finished for his 15th save in 21 chances.Ben Sheets (6-5) struck out 10, reaching double digits for the
fourth time season. He allowed two runs and four hits in seven
innings."Benny made one mistake," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said.
"It was about the only mistake he made all day long. Once again,
he was on top of his game."Larry Walker, activated from the disabled list Tuesday, reached
in the fourth when first baseman Lyle Overbay allowed his grounder
to go under his glove for an error. One out later, Sweeney hit his
third homer this season -- just the second off Sheets in the last 24
innings and Colorado's second in eight games."He's a tough pitcher," Sweeney said. "I was just looking for
something to drive and luckily I got it."Sheets said he didn't know what happened."It just wasn't a good pitch from the time it left my hand,"
he said.Luis Gonzalez added a two-out RBI single in the ninth off Matt
Wise.Sheets failed to help his cause at the plate. He popped into a
double play when he tried to sacrifice in the fifth. Then, after
Chad Moeller and Craig Counsell hit back-to-back singles starting
the seventh, Sheets bunted into a forceout at third."He gets his money pitching," Yost said.
^Notes:@ Sweeney has 23 RBI on the season, matching a career high.
... Colorado is 2-10 in road series this season. The Rockies' last
series victory was May 31-June 2 at San Diego. ... The last
Rockies' player other than Todd Helton to homer was Vinny Castilla
on June 15. ... Milwaukee was 7-5 on its longest homestand this
season. ... The Rockies got their second shutout of the season.
Milwaukee has been blanked four times.