Jun 19, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo (49) throws during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Yovani Gallardo Continues Mastery Of D-Backs, Milwaukee Brewers Take Series

Don’t tell Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Yovani Gallardo that Chase Field isn’t considered a pitcher’s park.

Gallardo continued his mastery in the lair of the Arizona Diamondbacks, improving to 5-0 lifetime in Phoenix while pitching the Brewers to a 4-1 victory Thursday in the finale of a four-game series.

Gallardo (5-4) is now 7-0 in 10 career starts against the Diamondbacks (31-45) with a 1.86 ERA and 1.05 WHIP after allowing just one run on five hits in seven innings Thursday, fanning four and allowing no walks.

That was more than enough to boost the efforts of a short-handed lineup that was without catcher Jonathan Lucroy and right fielder Ryan Braun the day after a night game.

Milwaukee took the lead for good in the fifth, scoring a couple of runs against Arizona right-hander Chase Anderson (5-2).

Aramis Ramirez led off the inning with a double and switched places with Lyle Overbay when the veteran first baseman hit a sharp ground ball up the middle and turned it into a double of his own when no one bothered to cover second base.

Elian Herrera, starting in place of Braun, reached on a soft liner on the infield, with Overbay scoring to put Milwaukee (44-30) up 2-0.

Arizona got its lone run in the bottom of the fifth after David Peralta and Cody Ross led off the inning with back-to-back hits to put runners at the corners. Didi Gregorius bounced into a force play that allowed Peralta to score.

In the top of the sixth, Jean Segura hit a soft grounder that Anderson fielded, but threw away, reaching second on what was scored an infield single and an error. One out later, Ramirez singled to left to chase home Segura.

The Brewers added an insurance run in the eighth. Scooter Gennett doubled to right off lefty reliever Oliver Perez and Carlos Gomez singled him home before getting thrown out at second trying to advance on Gerardo Parra’s throw.

The hit in his final at-bat allowed Gomez to extend a pair of streaks—a 15-game hitting streak and a string of 32 consecutive games he’s reached base.

Zach Duke gave up a hit and notched a strikeout in the eighth inning before Rob Wooten came on to get the final two outs—including a called third strike on slugger Paul Goldschmidt—before Francisco Rodriguez came on to get his National League-leading 23rd save in the ninth.

Overbay went 2-for-3 to continue a recent hot streak. The veteran is 8-for-18 in his last 10 appearances, lifting his average from .205 to .237. Ramirez was 2-for-4.

After taking three of four in the desert, the Brewers head to the mountains, opening a three-game series at Coors Field in Denver against the Colorado Rockies on Friday at 7:40 p.m. Central.

Marco Estrada (5-4, 4.82 ERA) is scheduled to get the start for Milwaukee against right-hander Christian Bergman (0-1, 3.75 ERA).

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