The Milwaukee Brewers were sloppy early and paid for it late, surrendering two first-inning runs with a variety of misplays and losing to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the bottom of the ninth when Tony Campana singled home Martin Prado with two outs.
The Brewers (43-30) had won the first two games at Phoenix’s Chase Field, but were stymied most of the night by Arizona left-hander Wade Miley, who worked into the eighth inning but took a no-decision.
It looked like Parra’s hit would just be a double, but the ball took a funny hop off the sidewall in foul territory and caromed past right fielder Ryan Braun on a play that was originally ruled a double and an error on Braun before it was amended to just a triple.
Chris Owings slapped a ball hard toward drawn-in first baseman Mark Reynolds, who deflected it into short right field, far enough to score Parra from third. After getting an out on a fielder’s choice, Rickie Weeks had a chance to get a second out, at least, but his toss to shortstop Jean Segura after fielding Miguel Montero’s ground ball was off line.
After Garza threw a wild pitch that moved Paul Goldschmidt to third, Aaron Hill hit what looked like a double-play grounder to Segura, but Weeks spiked the relay throw into the dirt in front of Reynolds at first, allowing Goldschmidt to score.
Arizona got another run in the third on a single by Goldschmidt after Owings led off the inning with a triple to center field.
Milwaukee got it all back in the third. Jonathan Lucroy singled to lead off the inning and Carlos Gomez followed with a single of his own—extending his hitting streak to 14 games and his on-base streak to 31 games.
Khris Davis then went down and got a low fastball from Miley and drove it into the pool area in right-center field for his 12th homer of the year and tied the game 3-3.
It remained 3-3 until the ninth. With Brandon Kintzler (1-3) on in relief, Prado doubled into the gap in left-center, advanced to third on a groundout and scored when Campana—hitting .136 at the time—sneaked a grounder past a diving Weeks at second base for the game winner.
Garza was tough after the third, working 7.2 innings and allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits with four strikeouts. Will Smith struck out the only batter he faced in the eighth and Kintzler surrendered a run on two hits in two-thirds of an inning.
Miley struck out eight in 7.2 innings, allowing only five hits and walking four. Brad Ziegler (3-1), who surrendered Lucroy’s go-ahead grand slam on Tuesday, was perfect, striking out three in 1.1 innings of work.
Milwaukee had just five hits, with Davis going 2-for-4.
The Brewers wrap up their four-game set with the Diamondbacks on Thursday at 2:40 p.m. Central at Chase Field, with Yovani Gallardo (4-4, 3.51 ERA) starting for Milwaukee and Arizona countering with right-hander Chase Anderson (5-1, 3.21 ERA).
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