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Hardy serves up double dip of homers, Brewers hold on

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PHOENIX -- J.J. Hardy is in a groove. Randy Johnson is in a slump.

Hardy homered twice and the Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-6 on Tuesday night, handing Johnson his sixth straight loss.

Hardy, who is 12-for-29 (.414) on Milwaukee's 10-game road trip, has been hot since resting his sore left shoulder.

"It's the best it's been all year," Hardy said. "I think earlier in the season, I couldn't get extended."

Hardy had no trouble extending against Johnson, whom he touched for a two-run homer in the first and a solo shot in the second, his seventh and eighth homers of the season.

"It was off Randy Johnson, who's one of the best pitchers ever," said Hardy, who graduated from Tucson's Sabino High School in 2001, the year Johnson helped pitch the Diamondbacks to a World Series title. "It's really exciting for me."

Joe Dillon also homered for the Brewers, who beat Arizona for the fourth time in five meetings. The NL West leaders dropped to 42-42 and saw their lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers shrink to 2½ games.

Salomon Torres got three outs for his 14th save in 16 chances.

Arizona's Conor Jackson drove in three runs with three hits, including his eighth homer.

The Big Unit (4-7) allowed seven runs and eight hits in 3 2/3 innings, his shortest start of the season.

The outing extended a discouraging trend for the 44-year-old Johnson, who has 288 victories.

It was the third time in four starts Johnson has given up seven earned runs, and his ERA has climbed to 5.46. The Big Unit's personal six-game skid is his longest since he lost eight straight decisions with Seattle in 1992.

"It's been a month's worth of poor games," Johnson said. "Obviously, I'm very much aware of that. I'm a little disappointed, obviously. That goes without saying. You just try to regroup and you look forward to your next start."

After Dillon led off the game with a walk, Hardy hit an 0-1 pitch 405 feet into the seats high above center field. Then Rivera singled to give the Brewers a 3-0 lead.

Arizona got a run back in the first on Jackson's two-out single.

The Brewers stepped up their assault on Johnson in the second. Jason Kendall led off with a single, and Dillon hit an 0-2 delivery into the Arizona bullpen down the left field line for his first homer.

Hardy followed with a 384-foot shot into the bleachers in left to put Milwaukee up 6-1.

Manager Bob Melvin lifted Johnson after Corey Hart's RBI single made it 7-1 in the fourth.

"We know he's not the same as he used to be," Hardy said of Johnson. "He's not throwing 100 miles an hour with 93 mile-an-hour sliders. But he's still a really good pitcher and it's nice to get out there and get off to an early start."

Johnson's fastball peaked in the high 80s, and when he missed his spots, the Brewers made him pay.

"Velocity is a luxury," Johnson said. "I don't have the same velocity. But location is a necessity in pitching, and I haven't had any of that."

Johnson left to a smattering of applause and flipped his glove to a youngster sitting in the first row behind the dugout.

"From where I've been to where I'm now, and a little bit of everything in between, just disappointed," Johnson said.

Arizona closed within 7-5 on Jackson's two-run homer in the fifth.

The Diamondbacks couldn't come any closer on a night the Brewers turned in three superb fielding plays. Two were by third baseman Bill Hall and the other by reserve first baseman Mike Rivera, who turned a diving snag into an unassisted double play to thwart an Arizona threat in the eighth.

"There was a couple of plays that might have saved the game," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "Defense was spectacular tonight."

Melvin, groping for positives, said he was pleased his team didn't quit.

"That was a really good comeback effort by us," he said. "Came up a little bit short, but not due to the lack of good at-bats."

All the runs came off Brewers starter Jeff Suppan (5-6), who gave up nine hits in five innings.

Notes

  • Arizona has rallied from a six-run deficit to win five times, most recently June 19, 2007, against Tampa Bay.
  • Jackson started in left field in place of Eric Byrnes, who went on the 15-day DL with a strained left hamstring, his second DL stint with a hamstring injury this season.
  • With Chris Snyder on the 15-day DL with a left testicular fracture, Montero will take over as Arizona's everyday catcher.
  • Before going deep Tuesday, Dillon had one homer in his first 169 major league at-bats.
 
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It isn't the easiest season for J.J. Hardy, but his two homers hint he could be heating up.  (AP)
It isn't the easiest season for J.J. Hardy, but his two homers hint he could be heating up. (AP)

Players of the Game
Arizona

C. Jackson
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
Milwaukee

J. Hardy
AB 4
R 3
H 2
HR 2
RBI 3
 
Milwaukee Brewers
Joe Dillon, 2B4212100 .230
J.J. Hardy, SS4323100 .269
Ryan Braun, LF5000001 .278
Corey Hart, RF5231010 .293
Gabe Kapler, CF4010003 .307
Mike Rivera, 1B4022011 .341
Bill Hall, 3B4000033 .208
Jason Kendall, C3110110 .274
Jeff Suppan, P2000023 .069
   a- Craig Counsell, PH1000000 .240
    Mitch Stetter, P0000000 .000
    David Riske, P0000000 .000
   b- Mike Cameron, PH1000000 .215
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000 .000
    Salomon Torres, P0000000 .000
Totals37810838  
a-popped out for Suppan in the 6th
b-popped out for Riske in the 8th
Batting
2B - Corey Hart (22, Robertson), Mike Rivera (3, Robertson)
HR - Joe Dillon (1, R. Johnson), J.J. Hardy 2 (8, R. Johnson, R. Johnson)
RBI - Joe Dillon 2 (6), J.J. Hardy 3 (30), Corey Hart (52), Mike Rivera 2 (10)
2-OUT RBI - Corey Hart (28), Mike Rivera 2 (6)
SB - J.J. Hardy (2, 2nd base off R. Johnson/Montero), Corey Hart 2 (12, 2nd base off R. Johnson/Montero, 3rd base off R. Johnson/Montero)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Hardy-Dillon-Rivera, Rivera
Milwaukee Brewers
Jeff Suppan (W,5-6) 5955201 4.30
Mitch Stetter (H,2) 1000010 2.60
David Riske (H,8) 1000000 4.88
Guillermo Mota (H,9) 1211000 4.22
Salomon Torres (S,14) 1000000 2.56
HBP - Ojeda (by Salomon Torres)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Suppan 76-44, Mitch Stetter 11-8, David Riske 8-6, Guillermo Mota 11-8, Salomon Torres 11-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Suppan 7-7, Guillermo Mota 1-1, Salomon Torres 3-0
Batters Faced - Jeff Suppan 25, Mitch Stetter 3, David Riske 3, Guillermo Mota 4, Salomon Torres 4
Arizona Diamondbacks
Stephen Drew, SS4000012 .256
    Leo Rosales, P0000000 .000
    Doug Slaten, P0000000 .000
   a- Jeff Salazar, PH1000000 .204
Justin Upton, RF4210101 .236
Orlando Hudson, 2B2000000 .288
    Connor Robertson, P0000000 .000
    Chris Burke, 2B2000001 .170
Conor Jackson, LF4233000 .315
Mark Reynolds, 3B4120001 .262
Chad Tracy, 1B3120102 .262
Chris Young, CF4021001 .234
Miguel Montero, C4011002 .247
Randy Johnson, P1000000 .111
    Augie Ojeda, 2B-SS2001000 .302
Totals35611621  
a-grounded out for Slaten in the 9th
Batting
HR - Conor Jackson (8, Suppan)
SH - Connor Robertson (1)
RBI - Conor Jackson 3 (44), Chris Young (44), Miguel Montero (6), Augie Ojeda (15)
2-OUT RBI - Conor Jackson (15)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Randy Johnson (2, Throwing)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Randy Johnson (L,4-7) 3.2877363 5.46
Connor Robertson 3211010 3.00
Leo Rosales 1.1000010 1.50
Doug Slaten 1000000 3.91
IBB - Kendall by Randy Johnson
Pitches-Strikes - Randy Johnson 93-57, Connor Robertson 41-32, Leo Rosales 16-12, Doug Slaten 6-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Johnson 1-4, Connor Robertson 3-5, Leo Rosales 1-2, Doug Slaten 1-2
Batters Faced - Randy Johnson 22, Connor Robertson 11, Leo Rosales 4, Doug Slaten 3
Game Information
Attendance - 21736
Game Time - 2:38
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Jim Joyce, First Base - Jeff Nelson, Second Base - Adrian Johnson, Third Base - Tim Tschida