" Heroes: Brad Hawpe hit a three-run homer in the first and Matt Holliday added a two-run shot in the second.
" Figure this: Milwaukee has lost 10 of its last 14 games but
still leads the NL Central by one game.
" Brauny man: Brewers rookie Ryan Braun went yard in his third straight game to pick up his 21st homer of the season. Braun has 21 homers and 54 RBIs in just 65 career games.
" Yard work: Prince Fielder hit his NL-leading 33rd homer of the year.
-- ESPN.com news services
Rockies 6, Brewers 2
"Our attitude remains fine," said Geoff Jenkins, who went 2-for-3 for the Brewers. "We've lost some tough games the last couple of weeks, but we're still right there in the thick of things."
"I've been struggling of late and needed something like that," Hawpe said. "I got a good pitch and made a good swing to get it out of the park."
Vargas gave up six runs and 12 hits in seven innings. He struck out two and walked one in falling to 4-1 in his career against the Rockies. Chris Spurling pitched the eighth.
"With the state our bullpen is in, Claudio Vargas gave us a big-time game to get us through," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "There's a lot of guys down there that didn't even pick up a ball, which is really good. A day off helps tremendously. Claudio and Spurling took care of that."
Fielder homered in the second but Holliday responded with a two-run drive in the bottom half.
Ryan Braun hit a one-out homer in the fourth for his 21st of the season for the Brewers.
Josh Fogg (6-7) went seven innings for the Rockies, allowing six hits and two runs. He struck out two and walked one.
"It was nice to get an outing like that from Fogg," Colorado manager Clint Hurdle said. "He worked his way out of some jams and didn't give up more than the two solo home runs."
Fogg improved to 9-4 in his career against the Brewers.
"I stayed within myself whenever I got into trouble," Fogg said. "And I made pitches and got outs when I needed them."
Brewers OF Bill Hall sat out for the second straight game. ... Hawpe had been 2-for-21 and without an RBI over his previous seven games. ... Colorado optioned C Chris Iannetta and RHP Ramon Ramirez to Triple-A Colorado Springs and purchased the contract of C Edwin Bellorin and RHP Ryan Speier from its top farm club.