Perez, Davies lead Brewers to 6-4 win over Diamondbacks

Associated Press

July 28, 2016

Milwaukee Brewers' Will Smith pitches to a Arizona Diamondbacks' batter during the seventh inning of a baseball game Thursday, July 28, 2016, in Milwaukee.

MILWAUKEE - Hernan Perez hit a two-run homer, singled and scored the go-ahead run in the sixth, Zach Davies pitched 6 1/3 innings and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-4 on Thursday.

Perez, who started at shortstop for benched Jonathan Villar, crushed Robbie Ray's first pitch 458 feet off the facing of the scoreboard in deep center for the two-run homer in the third.

Davies (8-4) allowed three runs —two earned— on six hits. Facing the Diamondbacks for the first time, he walked one and struck out five.

Jeremy Jeffress pitched the ninth for his 24th save in 25 chances.

The Brewers added a run when Kirk Nieuwenhuis homered off Tyler Clippard leading off the eighth.

Ray (5-10) cruised through the first five innings, then struggled in the sixth with the game tied at 2.

With one out, Perez singled and Chris Carter walked. After Ray struck out Nieuwenhuis for the third time, Martin Maldonado ended Ray's 21st start with an RBI single that scored Perez. Keon Broxton followed with a two-run double off reliever Enrique Burgos.

Milwaukee Brewers' Hernan Perez reacts to his two run homer off of Arizona Diamondbacks' Ray Robbie during the third inning.

Ray struck out five straight batters, including the side in the second and fifth innings and set a career high with 11 strikeouts, one better than in his previous start, a 1-0 loss at Cincinnati on July 23.

The 24-year-old left-hander also extended the longest streak in the majors this season to 20 consecutive starts with at least five strikeouts. It was his first career start against the Brewers

Arizona's Yasmany Tomas came in hitting .375 over his last eight games and stayed hot. His two-run ground-rule double with two out in the top of the first was his fifth double over that stretch.

The Diamondbacks didn't go quietly, though.

Arizona Diamondbacks' Robbie Ray pitches to a Milwaukee Brewers' batter during the first inning.

Michael Bourn's RBI single off Will Smith in the seventh and Rickie Weeks Jr. run-scoring base hit off Tyler Thornburg in the eighth pulled the Diamondbacks to 5-4.

Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun was scratched from the lineup due to right-side tightness.


GOLDSCHMIDT HOT

Paul Goldschmidt had two singles for Arizona, raising his batting average against Milwaukee to .432 (48-for-111) and .500 (34-for-68) at Miller Park.


TOMAS SIZZLING, TOO

Tomas is batting .389 (14-for-36) five doubles, four home runs and 10 RBIs in his last nine games.

Milwaukee Brewers' Zach Davies pitches to a Arizona Diamondbacks' batter during the first inning.

VILLAR SITS

Brewers SS Jonathan Villar was benched for a baserunning blunder in the first inning of Wednesday night's 8-1 loss to the Diamondbacks. Known for his aggressiveness, he tried to steal third with two outs, but catcher Welington Castillo nailed him with a perfect throw. Villar also made two errors in the top of the first.

"I think it is a good day for him to just take a step back in general," manager Craig Counsell said. "It is a good spot to just step back and watch the game."


TRAINER'S ROOM

Diamondbacks: 3B Jake Lamb struck out as a pinch hitter in the seventh and stayed in the game at third. He missed the previous two games with a bruised left hand. "I'd like to stay away from him one more day, but if we need him late, we use him," manager Chip Hale said. ... OF David Peralta (lower back strain) is scheduled to join the Diamondbacks on Friday. He's been on a rehab assignment at Triple-A Reno. ... OF Socrates Brito (fractured right toe) has gone 1 for 7 two rehab games with the AZL Diamondbacks.

Brewers: The Brewers have been very cautious with Braun and have given him several scheduled days off to rest. Braun had a tough May. He missed four games with right wrist soreness, two games with lower back soreness and two with neck soreness. ... C Jonathan Lucroy had a scheduled game off to rest. ... INF Will Middlebrooks has shown some improvement. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list July 25 with a lower right leg strain. "Will has made some nice progress," manager Craig Counsell said. "He was actually able to get on the field yesterday and play catch, which is a good sign. Hopefully, we're on the short end."


UP NEXT

Diamondbacks: RHP Zack Godley (3-1, 5.88 ERA) makes his second career appearance and first start against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Brewers: RHP Junior Guerra (6-2, 2.85) aims for his 11th quality start on Friday when he faces the Pittsburgh Pirates for the second time this season. He is 0-0 with a 2.57 ERA in two career games.