D-Backs send Brewers to 1-3
MILWAUKEE (AP) – Wade Miley and Kyle Lohse were locked into a pitching duel through six innings before the Arizona Diamondbacks spoiled Lohse’s debut with Milwaukee by scoring two runs on a wild pitch off reliever Michael Gonzalez in the seventh for a 3-1 win over the Brewers on Friday night.
Lohse allowed five hits and struck out six. Miley gave up five hits and struck out eight, one shy of his career high, as the starters battled almost pitch for pitch.
The Diamondbacks went ahead on a hit, three walks, a sacrifice bunt and Gonzalez’s errant pitch.
Lohse is coming off his best major league season, going 16-3 with a 2.86 ERA in 33 starts with the St. Louis Cardinals last year. He made one start in spring training after signing with the Brewers just before the end of March.
J.J. Putz pitched the ninth for his first save.
The Brewers were without Ryan Braun, who was scratched from the lineup because of spasms on the right side of his neck. He had started in left field in Milwaukee’s first three games this season. He had a hit, scored a run and drove in at least one in each of them.
The former NL MVP took batting practice before he was pulled. Khris Davis made his major league debut in place of Braun.
Miley (1-0) cruised through the first three innings, including a span of five straight strikeouts before Jean Segura hit a solo homer, his career first, with one out in the bottom of the fourth. Rickie Weeks singled up the middle and went to third on Aramis Ramirez’s single to left. He slid awkwardly into second trying to beat left fielder Jason Kubel’s strong throw. Ramirez, who was an easy out, sprained his left knee. He lay behind the bag in pain before walking off the field.
Lohse pitched three scoreless innings before the Diamondbacks went ahead 1-0 in the top of the fourth.
Martin Prado led off with a double, advanced on Miguel Montero’s one-out grounder and scored on Paul Goldschmidt’s double.
Burke Badenhop (0-1) relieved Lohse to start the seventh. Paul Goldschmidt walked, advanced on Kubel’s single and moved to third on A.J. Pollock’ sacrifice to chase Badenhop. Cliff Pennington walked off Gonzalez. Alfredo Marte pinch hit for Miley and struck out. Two runs scored when Gonzalez threw a wild pitch that caromed off catcher Jonathan Lucroy’s glove and rolled toward the Brewers’ dugout. First baseman Yuniesky Betancourt was late backing up the play as Lucroy raced after the ball.