Brewers' Will Smith pitches to a Arizona
Diamondbacks' batter during the seventh inning
of a baseball game Thursday, July 28, 2016, in
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Brewers' Zach Davies pitches to a Arizona
Diamondbacks' batter during the first inning.
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."
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."
Diamondbacks: RHP Zack Godley (3-1, 5.88 ERA) makes his
second career appearance and first start against the Los
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.