After losing three out of four to the Cincinnati Reds, the Milwaukee Brewers returned home and routed the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-3 Monday. With the win, the Brewers are now (22-11, 10-6 home) and 5 ½ games up on the second place St. Louis Cardinals.
The Diamondbacks scored the game’s first run in the top of the first, but that lead was short lived. In the bottom of the inning Carlos Gomez sent the first pitch over the center field wall for his team leading eighth of the year.
In the next inning Martin Maldonado hit his first home run of the year scoring Mark Reynolds making the score 3-1.
The Diamondbacks tied the game in the third inning pushing their final runs across off starting pitcher Matt Garza. Despite the high pitch count through three innings, Garza was able to settle down and go six innings for his second win of the season. In 98 pitches, Garza scattered eight hits, three runs, two walks and five strikeouts.
The Brewers took the lead for good in the fifth inning on a sacrifice fly from Khris Davis that scored Scooter Gennett making the score 4-3.
In the next inning, the Brewers were able to break the ball game open scoring four runs. The big inning was capped off by a two- run single from Gomez and a two-run home run by Jean Segura making the final score 8-3.
Offensively, Milwaukee pounded nine hits with three home runs. Gomez, Segura and Maldonado led the hitting parade with a home run, two hits and multiple runs batted in.
After Garza exited Will Smith, Rob Wooten and Zach Duke were perfect out of the pen to secure the victory.
Game two of the series is tonight with a 7:10PM first pitch. Marco Estrada gets the start looking for win number three. The Diamondbacks will counter with right-hander Josh Collmenter.