Michael Cuddyer was out of the lineup last night with an injured toe, but it wasn’t enough to keep him from delivering a pinch-hit single in the ninth to drive in the winning run and lift the Colorado Rockies (7-6) over the Milwaukee Brewers (6-8) 4-3 at Miller Field. The two teams will go at it again this evening at 5:10 in Milwaukee (TV: Root Sports).

Pinch-hitting for Dexter Fowler with a runner on third and one out, Cuddyer drove a 1-1 curveball from Brewers closer John Axford back through the middle to put Colorado in front for a 4-3 victory at Miller Park.

Though he walked with a noticeable limp in the visitor’s clubhouse and during batting practice, Cuddyer’s bruised left big toe did not matter once he entered the game.

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“It doesn’t feel good, but at the same time, it’s not going to prevent me from doing much,” Cuddyer said. “I didn’t feel it when I was running to first base.”

Cuddyer picked up his team-leading 18th hit of the season and his ninth RBI, tying him for the most on the team. In his first year with the club, Cuddyer has quickly become a key contributor for the Rockies.

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