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Four-run seventh pushes Brewers past Diamondbacks

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MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Brewers couldn't catch up with Max Scherzer's 96-mph fastball. As it turns out, they didn't have to.

After flailing mostly at air through six shutout innings by the hard-throwing Arizona starter, the Brewers scored four runs off the Diamondbacks bullpen in the seventh inning and held on to win 4-1 on Thursday.

In a significant test of Milwaukee's more patient approach at the plate this season, the Brewers couldn't score off Scherzer. But they did make him work hard enough to leave the game after the sixth.

"That's the philosophy behind working the pitcher -- you want to get into their bullpen," Brewers manager Ken Macha said.

It was another momentum-building victory for the Brewers, who got their longest -- and best -- outing of the season from starter Jeff Suppan. Coming off a three-game sweep of Pittsburgh, Milwaukee has won eight of its past nine games after a rough start to the season.

"Just gritty," said Mike Cameron, who had a two-run double in the seventh. "That was a sign of a really good baseball team, and hopefully we can continue to come up [big] in those situations."

New Brewers closer Trevor Hoffman pitched the ninth for his second save.

It was a hard-luck outing for Scherzer, who struck out seven in a dominant outing but again was denied his first career victory. Scherzer left the game with a 1-0 lead, but the Diamondbacks bullpen couldn't hold on.

Tom Gordon (0-1) walked Bill Hall to lead off the inning, then allowed a soft single to Jason Kendall. Pinch-hitter Craig Counsell chopped a grounder to first baseman Chad Tracy, who ran all the way across the infield to tag Hall, who was frozen between third and home.

The runners advanced to second and third on a wild pitch by Gordon, and Rickie Weeks tied the game with an RBI single to left. Gordon then walked Corey Hart to load the bases for Ryan Braun.

"I was wild, and it cost us," Gordon said.

Diamondbacks manager Bob Melvin and Scherzer both backed Gordon.

"We still have confidence in him in that situation," Melvin said.

Melvin brought in reliever Juan Gutierrez, who struck out Braun, then brought in left-hander Scott Schoeneweis to face Prince Fielder. Schoeneweis walked Fielder to bring in a run and give the Brewers the lead -- a major rebound for Fielder, who managed to put aside the three strikeouts he had against Scherzer.

"My first couple years, I couldn't do that," Fielder said. "But as I get older, it's kind of getting better and better."

Cameron then smacked a ground-rule double to left field to score two more and put Milwaukee up 4-1.

Brewers reliever Mark DiFelice (2-0) got a pair of outs in the seventh to earn the victory.

Scherzer made his debut to rave reviews last April. But a combination of injuries, early exits and sporadic run support kept him from earning his first win. And Thursday was no different.

"I'm disappointed the team didn't win -- not that I didn't win," Scherzer said.

Scherzer repeatedly threw fastballs between 94 and 96 mph for strikes.

"I'll tell you what -- wow," Suppan said.

Suppan wasn't nearly as flashy but was almost as effective. He gave up a leadoff home run to Felipe Lopez in 6 1/3 innings. Suppan gave up only five more hits and no walks, exiting to applause with one out in the seventh.

Suppan acknowledged his command is improving, but said he didn't think he's pitching much differently than he was early in the season.

"Other than the results," Suppan said.

Notes

  • After placing backup C Mike Rivera on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left ankle Wednesday, the Brewers purchased the contract of C Carlos Corporan from Triple-A Nashville.
  • Macha said regular catcher Kendall is likely to catch the next 15 games.
  • It was the beginning of an eight-game road trip for the Diamondbacks, who played 18 of their first 21 games at home.
 
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Players of the Game
Milwaukee

M. Cameron
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
Arizona

F. Lopez
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Arizona Diamondbacks
Felipe Lopez, 2B4121010 .318
Chris Young, CF4000020 .198
Chad Tracy, 1B4010000 .270
Mark Reynolds, 3B4000001 .263
Conor Jackson, LF4010011 .203
Justin Upton, RF3010001 .250
Chris Snyder, C2010001 .150
Josh Wilson, SS3010001 .333
Max Scherzer, P2000012 .167
    Tom Gordon, P0000000 .000
    Juan Gutierrez, P0000000 .000
    Scott Schoeneweis, P0000000 .000
    Jon Rauch, P0000000 .000
   a- Eric Byrnes, PH1000000 .173
    Esmerling Vasquez, P0000000 .000
Totals3117105  
a-flied out for Rauch in the 8th
Batting
2B - Conor Jackson (2, Suppan)
HR - Felipe Lopez (3, Suppan)
RBI - Felipe Lopez (6)
CS - Felipe Lopez (1, 2nd base by Suppan/Kendall)
PK - Justin Upton (1, Suppan)
Team LOB - 4
Arizona Diamondbacks
Max Scherzer 6500170 3.48
Tom Gordon (BS,1; L,0-1) 0.1244200 27.00
Juan Gutierrez 0.1000010 3.00
Scott Schoeneweis0100100 2.35
Jon Rauch 0.1000000 9.31
Esmerling Vasquez 1000010 4.50
WP - Tom Gordon 2 (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Max Scherzer 107-71, Tom Gordon 19-7, Juan Gutierrez 7-5, Scott Schoeneweis 6-2, Jon Rauch 1-1, Esmerling Vasquez 10-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Max Scherzer 7-4, Tom Gordon 1-0
Batters Faced - Max Scherzer 24, Tom Gordon 5, Juan Gutierrez 1, Scott Schoeneweis 2, Jon Rauch 1, Esmerling Vasquez 3
Milwaukee Brewers
Rickie Weeks, 2B4131001 .281
Corey Hart, RF3100113 .284
Ryan Braun, LF4000025 .317
Prince Fielder, 1B3001131 .234
Mike Cameron, CF4032010 .333
J.J. Hardy, SS4000004 .156
Bill Hall, 3B3010111 .304
Jason Kendall, C4110001 .169
Jeff Suppan, P1000110 .286
    Mark DiFelice, P0000000 .000
   a- Craig Counsell, PH1100000 .259
    Todd Coffey, P0000000 .000
   b- Brad Nelson, PH1000000 .000
    Trevor Hoffman, P0000000 .000
Totals3248449  
a-hit into fielder's choice for DiFelice in the 7th
b-flied out for Coffey in the 8th
Batting
2B - Mike Cameron 2 (9, Scherzer, Schoeneweis), Bill Hall (6, Scherzer)
RBI - Rickie Weeks (15), Prince Fielder (17), Mike Cameron 2 (15)
2-OUT RBI - Prince Fielder (7), Mike Cameron 2 (9)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Hall-Weeks-Fielder
Milwaukee Brewers
Jeff Suppan 6.1611031 5.88
Mark DiFelice (W,2-0) 0.2000000 0.77
Todd Coffey (H,4) 1000000 2.57
Trevor Hoffman (S,2) 1100020 0.00
HBP - Snyder (by Jeff Suppan)
Pitches-Strikes - Jeff Suppan 97-62, Mark DiFelice 7-5, Todd Coffey 8-6, Trevor Hoffman 17-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jeff Suppan 7-6, Mark DiFelice 2-0, Todd Coffey 1-2
Batters Faced - Jeff Suppan 23, Mark DiFelice 2, Todd Coffey 3, Trevor Hoffman 4
Game Information
Attendance - 26464
Game Time - 2:58
Temperature - 66
Umpires - Home - Brian Gorman, First Base - C.B. Bucknor, Second Base - Mike Everitt, Third Base - Gerry Davis