D-backs rally big vs. Brewers
Chris Young drove in the go-ahead run with a two-out single in the ninth and the Arizona Diamondbacks overcame a grand slam by pitcher Shaun Marcum and rallied from a five-run deficit to beat the slumping Milwaukee Brewers 8-6 on Monday.
Arizona scored in every inning from the fourth through ninth after falling into a 6-1 hole to the best home team in the majors.
Miguel Montero and Wily Mo Pena homered for the Diamondbacks, who have lost six of their last nine but have a morale boosting win on this 10-game road trip before hosting the All-Star game.
Corey Hart added a solo shot for the Brewers, but the bullpen failed to hold on for the second straight day. Milwaukee also squandered a five-run lead to the Twins on Sunday.
Down 6-1, Pena homered in the fifth and Arizona scored twice off Marcum in the sixth to chase him. In the seventh, reliever LaTroy Hawkins gave up a run-scoring single to Stephen Drew that cut it to 6-5.
The Diamondbacks tied it at 6 in the eighth off Kameron Loe despite getting two runners thrown out at third. First, Montero was thrown out trying to take the extra base, then Juan Miranda did the same after his run-scoring double.
That set the stage for the ninth.
Kelly Johnson singled off Brewers closer John Axford (2-2) and reached second on a wild pitch. With two outs, Young laced a single to left field to put Arizona ahead 7-6. Young stole second and reached third on a throwing error on the play. Montero singled him in for the final margin.
Axford’s string of 17 consecutive save conversions was snapped with his third blown opportunity this year.
Sam Demel (2-2) earned the win with a perfect eighth inning and David Hernandez struck out the side to convert his fourth save of the season in place of J.J. Putz, who is on the disabled list with right elbow tendinitis.
The Brewers had just come off a 1-5 road trip that had manager Ron Roenicke saying he was disappointed before the game because they hadn’t played the same as at Miller Park, where they’re an impressive 29-12 this season.
He couldn’t have liked the meltdown he saw in this one after Milwaukee appeared to be rolling even without Ryan Braun, who missed his second game with a strained left calf.
The Brewers batted around in the fourth, starting when Corey Hart hit a 447-foot blast to deep center field. Marcum followed with his grand slam, only the second by a pitcher in franchise history and first in nearly 42 years that made it 6-1.
Marcum, who spent his first five seasons in the AL with Toronto before coming to Milwaukee in an offseason trade, received a curtain call and tipped his batting helmet to the sellout crowd of 41,622.
That would be the last offensive highlight for the Brewers.
NOTES: Montero homered in the fourth. … RHP Fred Talbot hit a grand slam for the Seattle Pilots on July 11, 1969, against California. The Pilots moved to Milwaukee before the 1970 season. … McGehee snapped a streak of 10 straight at-bats without a hit after coming in with a .156 average with no homers over his previous 30 games. … Brewers 1B Prince Fielder had some fun taking grounders at shortstop and second base during batting practice while Mat Gamel worked at first. The Brewers moved Gamel to first base in the minors in case Fielder leaves through free agency after the season. … It was the 12th sellout at Miller Park this season.