MILWAUKEE, WI - JULY 6: Kelly Johnson #2 of the Arizona Diamondbacks is congratulated as he runs the bases by Matt Williams #9 after hitting a home run against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on July 6, 2011 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)

Brewers Rally Off D-backs Bullpen, Avoid Sweep With Win

Kelly Johnson homered and Josh Collmenter pitched well, but D-backs lose 3-1.

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Gallardo, Brew Crew Top D-backs In Pitcher's Duel

Josh Collmenter was rolling along through six innings, having allowed only three hits and leading by a run. 

He appeared on his way to ending his four-start losing streak. That was, until the seventh inning, when Collmenter was lifted for the normally more reliable Joe Paterson, who was lifted for the normally more reliable Sam Demel.

Patterson gave up two hits in 1/3 of an inning, and Demel gave up the game's biggest hit, a three-run bomb to pinch hitter Casey McGehee that gave the Milwaukee Brewers a 3-1 win over the D-backs Wednesday afternoon at Miller Park.

The Brewers, one of baseball's best teams at home, avoided a home sweep. The D-backs (47-41) missed out on a chance to move to a half-game behind San Francisco in the NL West for first place, and are 1 1/2 games out with the Giants playing tonight. 

The Diamondbacks thought they had Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo figured out early, especially after Kelly Johnson drove a 2-0 pitch over the wall in left-center field for a solo home run to lead off the game.

It was Johnson's 15th homer of the season, but the D-backs would score no more. Gallardo (10-5) struck out six over seven innings and allowed just four hits, and the Milwaukee bullpen finished the job.

Arizona had a chance to add to the lead in the seventh, but Miguel Montero got thrown out by left fielder Mark Kotsay trying to make it to third base on a soft single from Sean Burroughs. Montero had doubled with one out. 

The Brewers never got a runner past second base until the seventh. Then singles by Kotsay and Jonathan Lucroy with one out set the stage for McGehee. 

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Arizona Diamondbacks Overcome Errors and Brewers To Steal Win, 8-6

It wasn't the prettiest game of baseball you are going to see this year. In fact, the Arizona Diamondbacks had no business winning this game at all after a series of mistakes put them in a deep hole that they were able to somehow climb out of. Down 6-1 after four innings, the D-backs put up eight runs over the next five innings by scoring one or two runs in each of the final frames.

Daniel Hudson started off just fine with the first run allowed on a Juan Miranda error in the third inning. Hudson followed that in the fourth inning by hanging a bases loaded, two-out slider to Brewers pitcher Shaun Marcom who hit his career-first home run and the first grand slam of the Brewers season.

The real star of the game was the Diamondbacks bullpen who put up four scoreless innings that allowed the offense to do some work.

In the eighth inning the D-backs had both Miguel Montero and Miranda thrown out at third base. Montero had no business trying to go first to third off a Sean Burroughs singles to left field. He was out by a mile. Miranda was trying to take an extra base on the throw after hitting an RBI double but was out on a close play. Burroughs had a nice three-hit, one RBI game in the start and Wily Mo Pena his a pinch-hit solo home run that's probably still airborne.

In the end, it didn't matter. The Brewers had three errors of their own and their bullpen was a disaster. In the end, it's a win the D-backs needed after a couple of miserable series. The bullpen picked up the starter and the bats covered up for the defense and base running mistakes.

For more on this game, visit AZ Snake Pit.

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