MILWAUKEE -- Hitters throughout the Rockies' roster have the home-run power to change games. Wilin Rosario was willing to wait to remind everyone that he swings one of those dangerous bats.
The team's starting catcher the last three seasons, Rosario -- supplanted and turned into a catcher/first baseman -- didn't have an at-bat until the 10th inning of the season's third game. But he relished it by driving Brewers closer Francisco Rodriguez's full-count fastball over the center-field wall Wednesday to give the Rockies a 5-4 victory and a season-opening sweep.
"I told my teammates, I want to be positive and I want the best for my team," Rosario said. "When there is a situation that they expect me to do something, I'm going to do it."
Rosario's was the third homer of the evening. Corey Dickerson, who led the team with 24 homers last year, tied the game at 2 with his second homer of the series, to right field in the seventh off Brewers starter Wily Peralta. Carlos Gonzalez crushed a 466-foot homer off Jonathan Broxton for a 4-2 lead in the eighth. It was Gonzalez's first homer since last Aug. 6, before left knee surgery ended his season.
After hitting 49 homers over the 2012-13 seasons, Rosario battled a left wrist injury last year and dropped to 13 homers. The Rockies signed respected veteran pitch-caller Nick Hundley and left Rosario searching for at-bats.
Rosario was on deck when the team's ninth inning ended in Monday's 10-0 victory. He wasn't needed in Tuesday's 5-2 win, but a neck injury that regular first baseman Justin Morneau suffered late in that game led manager Walt Weiss to pencil Rosario in for Wednesday.
However, Morneau reported ready for work Wednesday, which meant Weiss erased Rosario -- but he stayed ready.
"We've known that for years now -- his attitude when he shows up every day is as good as it gets, always has been," Weiss said. "He hasn't pouted. He's ready to do what he did tonight."
The Rockies knocked 38 hits in the series, including 16 doubles. Their 12 in the first two games tied a modern-era (since 1900) record set by the New York Giants in 1912. But they won Wednesday with the home run.
Peralta had kept the Rockies from the big inning nearly three times through the order before Dickerson's 0-2 homer.
"Our confidence is unbelievable right now," Dickerson said.
Like Dickerson, Gonzalez knocked an extra-base hit in each game at Milwaukee, and doubled Wednesday. In the eighth, he displayed the power that had him leading the National League in homers at the 2013 All-Star break, before finger and knee injuries rendered him ineffective for a season-and-a-half. Hitting one off the panel beneath the Miller Park scoreboard is a way of heralding his return.
"It feels great and looked effortless -- that's the way I hit the ball," Gonzalez said.