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Rockies' Kim sours Brewers in longest career outing

DENVER (AP) -- The Milwaukee Brewers' lineup struggled to figure
out Byung-Hyun Kim. A lot of hitters have had that problem
recently.

Kim allowed one run in eight innings and Todd Helton homered and
drove in three runs to lead the Colorado Rockies over the Brewers
8-2 Wednesday night.

"When he can get the ball in the spots he wants, he's tough,"
Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said of Kim. "He has some deception
and his pitches have some late life."

Kim (7-6) yielded seven hits, struck out five and didn't walk a
batter in the longest outing of his career. He has allowed only
four runs in 33 innings over his last five starts at Coors Field,
an ERA of 1.09 over than span.

Kim set his previous mark for longest outing with 7 2/3 innings
in a win over San Diego in his last start on Friday.

"Kim was the difference and his velocity was deceptive,"
Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. "The board had him at 88 mph, but
from the dugout he seemed to be throwing 95."

Brad Hawpe added two hits and two RBI for Colorado, which took
two of three from the Brewers to win its second straight series
after losing five consecutive series.

The Brewers reached Kim for three doubles, but he managed to
escape any damage.

"He is a warrior out there on the mound," catcher Danny Ardoin
said of Kim, who wasn't available to reporters after the game.
"He's not a very big guy, but he's a warrior at heart."

He gave up a two-out double to Tony Graffanino in the second but
got Bill Hall to ground out to end the inning. Damian Miller hit a
leadoff double in the third but was caught off third base on Tony
Gwynn Jr.
's grounder to shortstop Clint Barmes.

"Same old BK," said Miller, who had two
hits and caught Kim while they were teammates with Arizona from
1999-2002. "He's still tough on righties and pounds the ball
inside on them."

Gabe Gross doubled to left with one out in the fourth and Kim
retired Geoff Jenkins and Graffanino to end the inning.

Colorado scored four runs in the first against Tomo Ohka (3-2).
Helton doubled in Jamey Carroll, who led off with a single and
advanced to second on Barmes' sacrifice. Hawpe and Luis Gonzalez
had RBI singles and Choo Freeman drove in a run with a fielder's
choice.

"They didn't hit anything hard in the inning, but the ball
found holes," Yost said. "That inning and the way Kim shut us
down was the ballgame."

Ohka settled down after the first inning, allowing only singles
to Kim and Carroll over the next four innings. He left after
walking Ardoin to start the Colorado seventh. He allowed six runs
and eight hits, struck out two and walked two.

Helling replaced Ohka and gave up an RBI single to Barmes and a
two-run homer to Helton that made it 8-0.

Gwynn hit an RBI single off Kim in the eighth and Prince Fielder
had a solo home run in the ninth off Jeremy Affeldt.

The Brewers managed only five runs in the three-game series at
Coors Field.

"We couldn't put anything together tonight or in any of the
games," Yost said. "A lot of it was their pitchers pounding the
ball for strikes and their defense making plays."

Game notes
The start of the game was delayed 10 minutes by rain. ...
Gwynn made his first major league start and had his first career
RBI and stolen base. ... 3B Garrett Atkins, who has started 103 of
Colorado's 107 games, was given the night off. ... Milwaukee
dropped to 19-34 away from home.