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Gerut hits for cycle, nabs four RBI as Brewers pound D-Backs

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PHOENIX -- Jody Gerut has made only four starts for the Milwaukee Brewers this season. After his offensive outburst Saturday against the Arizona Diamondbacks he has earned himself at least one more.

"It's going to be tough not to put him in the lineup [Sunday]," manager Ken Macha said after Gerut hit for the cycle and drove in four runs in Milwaukee's 17-3 victory.

The cycle was the 32-year-old outfielder's first and the sixth in Brewers history. Gerut hit a solo home run in the second inning, singled in the third, drove in a run with a triple in the fifth and added a two-run double in the ninth.

Despite his performance Gerut didn't use the opportunity to lobby for more playing time.

"I'm anxious for nothing. I'm thankful for everything I get in the game," Gerut said. "I've been to the precipice and looked over the edge. I was out for two years, so I've got perspective probably better than most other players."

Gerut missed all the 2006 and '07 seasons due to injury and has been mostly a bench player since then.

He had one hit in his last 18 at-bats coming into the game and only four hits on the season. Gerut said he had to work to contain his joy after his fourth hit Saturday.

"It's unbelievable. ... It was unlike anything I've experienced in the game," he said.

Ryan Braun also had four RBI, Rickie Weeks and Casey McGehee each added three hits and Randy Wolf (3-2) settled down after a rocky first inning to improve to 7-1 at Chase Field.

Milwaukee has scored at least 11 runs in three of its last five games and reached double digits in runs for the sixth time this season.

"The momentum that is created when things start going, it's amazing," Wolf said. "I've never seen a team that when they start scoring runs, you really can't stop the bleeding. I've never really seen anything like that this often."

Mark Reynolds hit his 10th home run and had two RBI for Arizona, which allowed a season high in runs.

Cesar Valdez (1-1) gave up seven runs, six earned, on nine hits in four-plus innings in his second major league start.

"They were just relentless and never gave in, so he couldn't find ways to end the at-bats in our favor," Diamondbacks manager A.J. Hinch said.

Gerut cut Arizona's lead in half with a solo home run in the second. His RBI triple sparked a six-run fifth that put the Brewers up 11-2 and his two-run double pushed the lead to 16-3.

Braun had the biggest hit of the fifth inning, a towering 3-run home run which hit the bottom of the video board in center. He added an RBI double in the ninth. Braun, who led the National League with 203 hits last season, now has 44 hits in 30 games this year.

After surrendering four hits in the first inning, Wolf allowed only four baserunners over the next five innings. He got out of a one-out, bases-loaded jam in the first when Tony Abreu hit a comebacker that turned into a double play.

"That was really big," Wolf said. "I got ahead of guys [after the first] and didn't expand [at-bats] with two strikes."

Wolf helped his cause with an RBI single in the sixth that gave Milwaukee a 10-run cushion.

The Brewers took the lead for good with four runs in the third. Prince Fielder and McGehee had RBI singles, George Kottaras walked with the bases loaded and McGehee scored when Wolf reached on a fielding error by first basemen Adam LaRoche for a 5-2 lead.

Reynolds' solo homer in the sixth was the 99th of his career, tying him with Matt Williams for third most in Diamondbacks' history.

Arizona scored two runs in the first on RBI singles by Conor Jackson and Reynolds but couldn't ever get the momentum back.

"It went away in a hurry," Hinch said.

Chad Moeller was the last Brewer to hit for the cycle on April 27, 2004 against Cincinnati.

Notes
  • The Brewers announced after the game that RHP LaTroy Hawkins will be placed on the 15-day disabled list due to right shoulder weakness. The move is retroactive to Friday. LHP Mitch Stetter will be called up from Triple-A Nashville on Sunday to take his place.
  • Jackson (right hamstring strain) was activated from the 15-day DL prior to the game. Arizona optioned OF Gerardo Parra to Triple-A Reno to make room for Jackson on the active roster.
  • Arizona entered the day first in the National League in home runs (42) and home runs allowed (45).
  • Milwaukee is now 3-15 when the opponent scores first.
  • The Brewers have won six straight against the Diamondbacks.
 
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Jody Gerut acknowledges his dugout and the crowd after his double in the ninth secures the cycle. (AP)
Jody Gerut acknowledges his dugout and the crowd after his double in the ninth secures the cycle. (AP)

Players of the Game
Milwaukee

J. Gerut
AB 6
R 3
H 4
HR 1
RBI 4
Arizona

M. Reynolds
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Milwaukee Brewers
Rickie Weeks, 2B6231015 .278
Jim Edmonds, CF-1B5210122 .257
Ryan Braun, LF4424212 .364
    Claudio Vargas, P0000000 .000
Prince Fielder, 1B5111033 .252
    Corey Hart, RF1000011 .253
Casey McGehee, 3B4332102 .303
    Manny Parra, P0000000 .500
   a- Joe Inglett, PH-LF1110000 .360
Jody Gerut, RF-CF6344002 .222
George Kottaras, C4112211 .250
Alcides Escobar, SS5001114 .222
Randy Wolf, P4011011 .368
    Craig Counsell, 3B1000000 .333
Totals46171716711  
a-singled for Parra in the 9th
Batting
2B - Ryan Braun (10, Qualls), Casey McGehee (8, Stange), Jody Gerut (2, Qualls), George Kottaras (4, Qualls)
3B - Jody Gerut (1, Valdez)
HR - Ryan Braun (6, Boyer), Jody Gerut (2, Valdez)
RBI - Rickie Weeks (19), Ryan Braun 4 (28), Prince Fielder (14), Casey McGehee 2 (25), Jody Gerut 4 (8), George Kottaras 2 (8), Alcides Escobar (11), Randy Wolf (1)
2-OUT RBI - Rickie Weeks (8), Ryan Braun 3 (13), Casey McGehee (12), Jody Gerut 2 (3), George Kottaras (1), Randy Wolf (1)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Wolf-Kottaras-Fielder, Escobar-Weeks-Fielder
E - Casey McGehee (6, Misplayed grounder)
Milwaukee Brewers
Randy Wolf (W,3-2) 6633251 3.95
Manny Parra 2000020 3.60
Claudio Vargas 1000210 5.40
Pitches-Strikes - Randy Wolf 100-61, Manny Parra 21-12, Claudio Vargas 20-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Randy Wolf 6-6, Manny Parra 2-2
Batters Faced - Randy Wolf 25, Manny Parra 6, Claudio Vargas 5
Arizona Diamondbacks
Kelly Johnson, 2B3110011 .292
    Bob Howry, P0000000 .000
    Cole Gillespie, CF1000000 .290
Conor Jackson, LF4111001 .265
Justin Upton, RF4010020 .218
Adam LaRoche, 1B4000022 .260
Mark Reynolds, 3B4122000 .239
Chris Young, CF1000201 .293
    Daniel Stange, P0000000 .000
    Chad Qualls, P0000000 .000
    Aaron Heilman, P0000000 .000
   a- Rusty Ryal, PH0000100 .417
Tony Abreu, SS4000014 .340
Chris Snyder, C3000111 .243
Cesar Valdez, P1000010 .000
    Blaine Boyer, P0000000 .000
   b- Augie Ojeda, PH-2B3010002 .154
Totals3236348  
a-walked for Heilman in the 9th
b-singled for Boyer in the 5th
Batting
2B - Kelly Johnson (9, Wolf), Justin Upton (5, Wolf)
HR - Mark Reynolds (10, Wolf)
RBI - Conor Jackson (3), Mark Reynolds 2 (27)
2-OUT RBI - Mark Reynolds (10)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
PB - Chris Snyder 2 (2)
E - Tony Abreu (3, Misplayed grounder), Adam LaRoche (3, Misplayed grounder)
Arizona Diamondbacks
Cesar Valdez (L,1-1) 4976271 7.00
Blaine Boyer 1244211 9.58
Bob Howry 1111200 7.11
Daniel Stange 2111110 6.75
Chad Qualls 0.2440020 6.94
Aaron Heilman 0.1000000 4.50
Pitches-Strikes - Cesar Valdez 93-56, Blaine Boyer 27-13, Bob Howry 23-11, Daniel Stange 30-18, Chad Qualls 25-17, Aaron Heilman 1-1
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Cesar Valdez 3-3, Blaine Boyer 2-0, Daniel Stange 4-1, Chad Qualls 1-0
Batters Faced - Cesar Valdez 24, Blaine Boyer 7, Bob Howry 6, Daniel Stange 8, Chad Qualls 7, Aaron Heilman 1
Game Information
Attendance - 26877
Game Time - 3:20
Temperature - 90
Umpires - Home - Kerwin Danley, First Base - C.B. Bucknor, Second Base - Doug Eddings, Third Base - Dana DeMuth