The Milwaukee Brewers offense went silent in Cincinnati over the weekend, as the team batted just .186 and scored 10 runs while dropping three of four to the Reds. But on Monday, back at Miller Park, the Brewers took a tonic for their slumping offense that has seemed to have helped many teams this season.
They played the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Arizona has the worst ERA in the majors at 5.06 and the Brewers took advantage, piling up eight runs in an 8-3 win.
Starter Matt Garza (2-3) was shaky early, giving up three runs in the first three innings, but settled down to earn a quality start, working six innings while allowing three runs on eight hits with two walks and five strikeouts. Will Smith continued his scintillating start, striking out the side while working around a walk in the seventh, Rob Wooten allowed a hit and a walk while fanning one in 1.1 innings and Zach Duke got the final two outs, one via strikeout, while allowing a hit in the ninth.
Milwaukee cranked out three home runs off Arizona pitching on Monday, improving its major-league best record to 22-11 while dropping Arizona to 11-24, just percentage points ahead of the Houston Astros for the worst mark in the bigs.
The Brewers took the lead for good in the fifth, manufacturing a run after Scooter Gennett led off the frame with a double off starter Mike Bolsinger (1-2). Gennett advanced to third on a lineout to center and scored on Khris Davis’ fly ball to center field.
Milwaukee put the game away with a flurry in the sixth. Martin Maldonado and pinch-hitter Rickie Weeks drew back-to-back one-out walks from reliever Randall Delgado and the runners moved up a base when Delgado let loose a wild pitch. Carlos Gomez singled to the right side, scoring both runners, and Jean Segura showed signs of snapping out of his funk at the plate with a line-drive homer to left field, his second long ball of the season.
The Diamondbacks opened the scoring with Aaron Hill’s RBI single in the top of the first, but Gomez got the run back on the first pitch of the game, launching his team-leading eighth home run of the season to center field.
In the bottom of the second, Mark Reynolds led off with a single and scored one out later when Martin Maldonado hit his first homer of the season.
Arizona tied it in the top of the third with back-to-back run-scoring singles by Miguel Montero and Hill.
Gomez was 2-for-2 with three walks, Maldonado went 2-for-3 and Segura went 2-for-5.
Hill proved a tough out for the Crew, as he was 4-for-4 with a walk.
The series continues Tuesday at Miller Park at 7:10 p.m. Marco Estrada (2-1, 3.13 ERA) is scheduled to take the ball for the Brewers against Diamondbacks’ right-hander Josh Collmenter (1-2, 3.77 ERA).