Brewers fail to back Garza's solid effort
JUN 19, 2014 1:14a ET
The last two nights, the Milwaukee Brewers have been able to overcome a shaky start with offensive outbursts in the late innings.
The Diamondbacks quickly jumped out to a 1-0 lead after Gerardo Parra led off with a triple and scored on Chris Owings' infield single. Garza should have been out of the inning without allowing another run, but two poor throws -- one of them an error -- by Rickie Weeks and a wild pitch allowed a second run to score in the first.
With the game eventually ending in walk-off fashion, giving Arizona an extra first-inning run proved costly.
"First inning hasn't been fun for us the last two-three days," Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy said. "Actually, the past four days. That's one of those things we've got to get over and get through."
Even though two runs crossed the plate in the first inning, Garza wasn't hit hard. Parra's triple snuck down the line, while Owings' RBI single was one of five groundballs that didn't leave the infield in the inning.
"I just kept making pitches," Garza said. "It was groundballs and -- groundballs, that's it. Some fluke plays, and that's all there was. Parra got a good ball down the line, but that's all there was. Everything else was on the ground. No big deal."
The Diamondbacks added on with a run in the bottom of third inning, as Owings led off the frame with a triple and scored on a Paul Goldschmidt single. A half inning later, Khris Davis pulled the Brewers back to even at 3-all with a three-run home run off Diamondbacks starter Wade Miley.
Garza settled in and worked into the eighth inning for the first time since his first start of the season. The right-hander allowed just two earned runs in 7 2/3 innings, scattering seven hits and striking out four.
Over his last four starts, Garza has given up just six earned runs over 27 innings.
"I'm feeling good," Garza said. "I'm not going to say anything besides I felt good today, and I'm just going to keep going, get ready for the next five."
Outside of Davis' three-run home run, the Brewers didn't muster much offensively against Miley and reliever Brad Ziegler. Milwaukee put two on with nobody out in the second inning, but a double play quickly ended the threat.
A pair of walks by Miley put two on with two outs for Aramis Ramirez in the eighth inning -- a situation the veteran third baseman came through in during the first game of the series. This time around, Ziegler struck Ramirez out.
Arizona would win the game a half inning later, as light-hitting Tony Campana singled home Martin Prado with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.
"We didn't do a lot offensively," Roenicke said. "We just had the one inning with Davis hitting the three-run homer. Besides that, we didn't swing the bat very well."
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