Brothers' solid relief not overlooked by Tracy

Brothers' solid relief not overlooked by Tracy

DETROIT -- Rockies left-hander Rex Brothers walked the Tigers' Prince Fielder in a planned left-on-left matchup to load the bases in the sixth inning Friday night. But Brothers, in a less favorable matchup, endured several foul balls before striking out Delmon Young on a nasty slider.

The sequence kept the game tied at 4. It stayed that way until the Rockies ignited for eight runs in the 10th inning of a 12-4 victory. Brothers pitched solidly the following inning.

"It is a building block," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "There's an educational point there, too. If you reflect on how he pitched the seventh inning. He was much more consistent in the strike zone and appeared to be a lot more relaxed.

"That's what we're trying to get to with men on base -- make the same type of pitches but relax a little bit more."

Brothers, 24, broke camp on the big league roster for the first time in his career but was sent down to Triple-A Colorado Springs with a 5.87 ERA through May 19. In eight games since his return, Brothers has posted a 1.17 ERA, held opponents to a .077 batting average and struck out 13 against three walks in 7 2/3 innings.