MILWAUKEE -- Chris Carter homered and Jimmy Nelson won for the first time in seven starts as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Colorado Rockies 4-2 on Monday night.
Nelson (7-13) gave up two runs and seven hits in six innings. He hadn't pitched past the fifth in any of his previous six starts. Nelson struck out four and didn't walk a batter for the first time this season.
Tyler Thornburg got the last three outs for his fifth save in nine chances.
The Rockies got a run in the first when David Dahl scored on a wild pitch by Nelson.
The Brewers tied it in the bottom of the inning when Jonathan Villar scored from third on an error by Colorado shortstop Daniel Descalso. Kirk Nieuwenhuis added a two-run single.
Carter's solo homer to left in the third, his 30th of the season, off Chad Bettis (10-7) extended Milwaukee's lead to 4-1.
Bettis gave up four runs and four hits. He struck out three and issued a career-high seven walks. He walked multiple batters in the first, second and fifth innings. He threw 111 pitches, second only to his career-high 114 on April 25 against Pittsburgh.
DJ LaMahieu's run scoring single in the fifth brought the Rockies within two runs.
Dahl finished with two singles and two stolen bases for the Rockies.
Rockies: RHP Scott Oberg was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Aug. 20, with axillary artery thrombosis in his right arm. "(Oberg) went for some tests yesterday. It showed some clots," manager Walt Weiss said. "Scary situation." RHP Carlos Estevez was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque. ... CFCharlie Blackmon was not in the starting lineup for the fourth straight game because of a bruised right toe. He came in as a pinch hitter in the ninth.
Brewers: RHP Junior Guerra, who has been on the disabled list since Aug. 8 with right elbow inflammation, will make a minor league rehab start before rejoining the Brewers.
Rockies: RHP Jon Gray (8-6, 4.69) will start against the Brewers for the first time. The rookie hasn't pitched more than five innings in any of his last four starts.
Brewers: RHP Chase Anderson (7-10, 4.97) is 3-0 with a 2.45 ERA in his last five starts. He is 3-3 with a 5.29 ERA in nine career starts against the Rockies.