07/19 00:01 CDT Arcia delivers late, Brewers add on in win over D-backs
Arcia delivers late, Brewers add on in win over D-backs
By JOSE M. ROMERO
PHOENIX (AP) --- Orlando Arcia hit a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning to
decide a duel between pitchers Zach Davies and Merrill Kelly, and the Milwaukee
Brewers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-1 Thursday night.
Arizona hitters only struck out once, when Matt Albers got Nick Ahmed looking
for the game's final out. It's the first time a major league team has had one
strikeout in a game since April and came a night after the Diamondbacks tied a
franchise record for a nine-inning game with 19 runs against the Texas Rangers.
Davies (8-2) limited Arizona to a run and five hits over seven innings. He got
a lift with Lorenzo Cain robbed Eduardo Escobar of a home run in the first
inning. Kelly countered with seven innings of one-run ball with six strikeouts.
The Brewers scored three runs off Yoan Lopez (1-3) in the eight. Following Eric
Thames' leadoff double, Keston Hiura singled off Lopez's glove to put runners
on the corners. Arcia looped a low and outside pitch into center field to drive
in the go-ahead run.
A throwing error by catcher Carson Kelly on a double steal allowed Hiura to
score from second base, and pinch-hitter Jesus Aguilar's sacrifice fly made it
The Brewers moved two games behind the NL Central-leading Chicago Cubs and took
over the second wild-card spot with their third straight win. The Diamondbacks
fell 1 1/2 games behind Milwaukee to open a key four-game series for both
Ryan Braun hit his 14th home run of the season, a solo shot in the ninth
inning, and drove in two.
Cain leaped against the wall in right-center near the 413-foot sign, raised his
glove over the yellow home run line and pulled Escobar's drive down as his body
crashed into the padding. Escobar doffed his helmet toward the outfield as he
walked back to the dugout.
The Brewers got more good defense from Cain, who ran down Kelly's line drive in
the third and flagged down Kelly's deep fly in the seventh.
Arizona hit into three double plays, including an inning-ender in the eighth
with runners on first and third.
FLORES BACK IN FOLD
The Diamondbacks reinstated infielder Wilmer Flores from the 10-day injured
list before the game. Flores was placed on the injured list May 21 after being
hit by a pitch. He was batting .373 with five doubles, two home runs and 12 RBI
in 20 games prior to the injury, and .281 in 42 games overall with the
Diamondbacks this season. The Diamondbacks optioned infielder Kevin Cron to
Triple-A Reno on Wednesday night.
Brewers: Pitchers Corey Knebel (right elbow), Brent Suter (left elbow) and
Bobby Wahl (right knee) joined their teammates for the game Thursday. All three
are on the 60-day injured list. ... LHP Gio Gonzalez (left arm) is close to a
return from the 10-day injured list and will rejoin the starting rotation,
manager Craig Counsell said.
Diamondbacks: OF Jarrod Dyson (hamstring cramp) wasn't in Thursday's lineup but
is considered day to day. ... RHP Jon Duplantier (right shoulder) was scheduled
to throw 45 pitches or three innings Thursday at Class A Visalia. ... C-OF
Blake Swihart (oblique) got four at-bats with Visalia on Wednesday.
Brewers: RHP Jhoulys Chacin (3-9, 5.18 ERA) hasn't had a victory in his past 10
starts. He faces Arizona on Friday having not won since April 30.
Diamondbacks: RHP Taylor Clarke (2-3, 6.21 ERA) is expected to come off the
10-day injured list to start. His last start was July 2 against the Los Angeles
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