For the second time in two outings, Brandon Kintzler coughed up a late lead and the three runs he allowed to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the top of the eighth were the difference for the Milwaukee Brewers in a 7-5 loss Tuesday night at Miller Park.
Kinztler (1-1) came in with a 5-4 lead to start the eighth, but gave up three straight one out hits—a double by Paul Goldschmidt on an 0-2 count, an RBI single by Miguel Montero that tied the game and then a two-run homer to left-center field to Aaron Hill that put Arizona (12-24) on top for good.
Evan Marshall (1-0) got the win for the Diamondbacks, retiring all four batters he faced with a pair of strikeouts.
Marco Estrada wasn’t great for the Brewers (22-12), but left with the lead after allowing four runs on four hits with two walks and four strikeouts in six innings. He gave up a two-run homer to Goldschmidt in the top of the first, an RBI groundout to Josh Collmenter in the fifth and a leadoff homer to Chris Owings to start the sixth.
Milwaukee erupted for five runs in the bottom of the first, with some help from the Arizona defense. Scooter Gennett got the inning started with a one-out single and Jonathan Lucroy walked. After a fly out, Lyle Overbay singled up the middle to score Gennett, with Lucroy going to third and Overbay taking second on the throw home.
Khris Davis reached on a throwing error by Owings at shortstop, scoring Lucroy to make it 2-2. Jean Segura followed with an RBI single to center and Logan Schafer drove in two runs with a double to right.
But that was all the Brewers would get, as they were held to four hits the rest of the way by Collmenter and a trio of relievers.
Addison Reed earned his ninth save with a 1-2-3 ninth, striking out two.
Tyler Thornburg allowed a hit in a scoreless seventh inning, while Kintzler was charged with three runs on three hits with a strikeout. Wei-Chung Wang allowed two hits and a walk while striking out one, but did not allow a run while pitching the ninth for Milwaukee.
The Brewers managed eight hits, with Gennett, Overbay and Schafer getting two apiece. Aramis Ramirez’s slump continued, as he was 0-for-4. Ramirez is now 5-for-52 (.096) in his last 16 games, although two of those hits are home runs. He’s struck out seven times and bounced into six double plays in that span as his average has dipped from .377 to .239 during the cold spell.
The rubber game of the series is Wednesday at Miller Park at 12:10 p.m. Wily Peralta (4-1, 2.04 ERA), who threw eight scoreless innings at the Reds his last time out, takes the ball for the Brewers against Bronson Arroyo (2-2, 6.03 ERA) for the Diamondbacks.