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Arizona at Milwaukee

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Diamondbacks 3, Brewers 0

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MILWAUKEE -- Claudio Vargas has gone from Washington Nationals' castoff to the most consistent starter in the Arizona Diamondbacks rotation.

Vargas earned his fourth victory in five decisions, and Arizona scored on a wild pitch and two errors to salvage the third game of their series against the Milwaukee Brewers with a 3-0 victory Wednesday.

Vargas, Jose Valverde and Brian Bruney combined for the shutout.

"Claudio was huge for us on a day we didn't swing the bat very well," Arizona manager Bob Melvin said.

Vargas (4-5) allowed six hits in six innings, struck out six and walked one to beat former Washington teammate Tomo Ohka (6-6). Claimed off waivers from Washington on June 3, Vargas has made seven starts since taking over the rotation spot of Russ Ortiz, who has a broken rib.

"I feel good," Vargas said. "I got my confidence back. I'm focused. I've been pitching like I know I can."

Bruney pitched a perfect ninth for his 12th save in 15 chances.

Ohka gave up a run in the third on a wild pitch, and first baseman Lyle Overbay's throwing error made it 2-0 in the seventh. An errant pickoff attempt by reliever Julio Santana allowed Troy Glaus to score in the eighth.

"Defensively, we gave them the three runs that they got," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. "We just didn't play very solid defensively. That was the difference in the game."

Ohka, acquired on June 10 for infielder Junior Spivey, gave up two runs -- one earned -- four hits and three walks in seven innings.

"Ohka was great," catcher Chad Moeller said. "You can't ask a starter to do more than what he did. He threw ground balls, got quick outs."

Milwaukee (50-52), which hasn't finished with a winning record since 1992, was trying to reach .500 for the first time since May 28.

"If we get it two days from now, we're not stopping the season, jumping up and down and everybody going home," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. "We've got 59 more games to play."

The Brewers outhit the Diamondbacks 8-5. Each of the Brewers were singles.

After the game, Arizona designated outfielder Jose Cruz Jr. for assignment. Cruz, who struck out as a pinch-hitter in the ninth, was batting .213. The Diamondbacks purchased the contract of first baseman Conor Jackson from Triple-A Tucson.

"We have to try something to mix it up and get more offense," Melvin said.

Arizona, which lost the first two games of the series, went ahead in the third when Quinton McCracken tripled to left-center leading off and scored with two outs on Ohka's wild pitch.

Chad Tracy reached in the seventh on a single through the right side of the infield and scored when Overbay threw wildly past the pitcher, who was covering first, on pinch-hitter Alex Cintron's grounder to first.

Glaus reached in the eighth when second baseman Rickie Weeks made a fielding error, took third on Tracy's single and scored when Santana made the bad pickoff with McCracken at the plate.

"There were some breaks," Melvin said. "We don't catch many of them, but we got three of them today."

Notes

Glaus returned to the starting lineup after he missed two games because of back spasms. ... Milwaukee purchased the contract of RHP Rick Helling from Triple-A Nashville and designated RHP Ricky Bottalico for assignment.

 
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Players of the Game
Arizona

C. Vargas
IP 6.0
H 6
ER 0
BB 1
K 6
Arizona

C. Tracy
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 0
 
Arizona Diamondbacks
Craig Counsell, 2B3000200 .267
Royce Clayton, SS4000013 .266
Luis Gonzalez, LF4020010 .277
Troy Glaus, 3B3100101 .252
Shawn Green, RF4000004 .286
Chad Tracy, 1B4120001 .295
Quinton McCracken, CF4110011 .241
Chris Snyder, C4000012 .222
Claudio Vargas, P2000001 .133
   a- Alex Cintron, PH1000000 .271
    Jose Valverde, P0000000 .000
   b- Jose Cruz Jr., PH1000010 .213
    Brian Bruney, P0000000 .000
Totals343503513 
a-grounded out for Vargas in the 7th
b-struck out for Valverde in the 9th
Batting
2B - Luis Gonzalez (22, Ohka)
3B - Quinton McCracken (3, Ohka)
SB - Craig Counsell (14, 2nd base off Ohka/Moeller)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Clayton-Counsell-Tracy
Arizona Diamondbacks
Claudio Vargas (W,4-5) 6600160 5.26
Jose Valverde (H,5) 2200050 3.32
Brian Bruney (S,12) 1000020 5.97
HBP - Weeks (by Claudio Vargas)
WP - Claudio Vargas (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Claudio Vargas 97-65, Jose Valverde 35-25, Brian Bruney 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Claudio Vargas 4-7, Jose Valverde 1-0, Brian Bruney 1-0
Batters Faced - Claudio Vargas 25, Jose Valverde 8, Brian Bruney 3
Milwaukee Brewers
Brady Clark, CF3020100 .319
Rickie Weeks, 2B3000013 .258
Lyle Overbay, 1B4010004 .292
Carlos Lee, LF4010011 .269
Geoff Jenkins, RF4020021 .280
Wes Helms, 3B4000022 .278
J.J. Hardy, SS4000024 .210
Chad Moeller, C3010020 .221
   a- Bill Hall, PH1000010 .267
Tomo Ohka, P2000021 .167
   b- Chris Magruder, PH1010000 .228
    Jorge De La Rosa, P0000000 .000
    Julio Santana, P0000000 .000
   c- Russell Branyan, PH1000000 .273
Totals3408011316 
a-struck out for Moeller in the 9th
b-singled for Ohka in the 7th
c-grounded out for Santana in the 9th
Fielding
E - Lyle Overbay (7, Wild throw), Julio Santana (1, Wild pickoff throw), Rickie Weeks (10, Misplayed grounder)
Milwaukee Brewers
Tomo Ohka (L,6-6) 7421320 3.87
Jorge De La Rosa 0.2110000 4.60
Julio Santana 1.1000030 4.08
IBB - Counsell by Tomo Ohka
WP - Tomo Ohka (6)
Pitches-Strikes - Tomo Ohka 109-63, Jorge De La Rosa 22-13, Julio Santana 18-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tomo Ohka 12-8, Jorge De La Rosa 1-2
Batters Faced - Tomo Ohka 29, Jorge De La Rosa 4, Julio Santana 4
Game Information
Attendance - 28971
Game Time - 3:07
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Ron Kulpa, First Base - Dan Iassogna, Second Base - Dale Scott, Third Base - Tim Tschida