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Brewers top D-Backs in 10th, take first in NL Central

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PHOENIX -- In just a couple of minutes, on consecutive plays, Arizona shortstop Stephen Drew broke his right ankle sliding into home plate and Milwaukee center fielder Carlos Gomez fractured his left collar bone making a diving catch.

The Milwaukee Brewers wound up winning 5-2 in 10 innings on Wednesday night, an outcome that probably won't mean a lot in a 162-game season. The impact of that ugly fourth-inning span will last far longer.

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Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said Drew is lost for the season and probably needs surgery. Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said Gomez will be gone "maybe a couple of months."

For the Diamondbacks, the loss of the man who had been their starting shortstop since the middle of the 2006 season could be devastating.

"We know how important Stephen is but if you have been around the game for a while it happens," Gibson said. "It is fairly common that you are going to lose star players. You hope it doesn't happen to you. We now know what the Giants are feeling [with their loss of Buster Posey]. We are in a similar situation and we need to find a way to get through it. Nothing we can do about it. We wish him well just hope he has a good recovery and he resumes his career next year."

After Drew was hurt, the Diamondbacks rallied with two runs off newly arrived reliever Francisco Rodriguez in the eighth to tie it but couldn't push the winning run across in the ninth after Justin Upton reached third with no outs, then the Brewers gave young reliever Ryan Cook a rude welcome to the big leagues with a three-run 10th inning.

"It was a tough night overall," Arizona starter Joe Saunders said.

Ryan Braun hit a home run in the first inning for the second successive night, then singled to bring in the second run in the 10th. Nyjer Morgan singled in the go-ahead run in the 10th, and Rickie Weeks had the third RBI hit of the inning.

What would have been another home run for Braun in the eighth was reversed when umpires viewed a replay and called it a foul ball.

Drew, the anchor of the Diamondbacks' defense, was hurt sliding into home plate in the fourth inning, pinning his right foot beneath him. He lay grimacing face-down, signaling for help from the dugout. He was assisted from the field, and the team announced a short time later that surgery was likely.

On the next play, Gomez made a terrific grab of Ryan Roberts' short fly ball, but came up in obvious pain and was assisted off the field.

"It's a big loss for us," Roenicke said of the Gomez's injury. "If he doesn't make that catch, we probably don't win the game."

Milwaukee climbed into first in the NL Central, a half-game ahead of Pittsburgh. Arizona spoiled a chance to gain ground on first-place San Francisco in the NL West, remaining 3½ behind the Giants.

Arizona tied the game in the eighth with a two-out, two-run double off Rodriguez by Willie Bloomquist, who shifted from left field to shortstop when Drew was hurt.

Cook (0-1), a top prospect with a fastball in the mid to upper 90s, faced four batters in the 10th without getting an out, giving up three hits, with one walk, a wild pitch and a balk. Takashi Saito (2-1) pitched a scoreless but eventful ninth to get the victory. John Axford threw a scoreless 10th for his 26th save in 28 tries.

Drew, hitless in his previous nine at-bats and in a 4-for-34 slump, led off the fourth with a double off the fence in right field, his 750th career base hit. After one out, Chris Young hit one down the left field line. Braun made an outstanding, short-hop stop, then threw to third baseman Casey McGehee, whose perfect relay to catcher Jonathan Lucroy got there just ahead of Drew.

"I wasn't really blocking [the plate]," Lucroy said. "I gave him room to slide. I had my foot in front of him, that was it. He just slid and it was just an unfortunate accident, kind of a freak thing."

The Diamondbacks had the winning run on third with no outs in the ninth and failed to get him home after the Brewers switched to an unusual defense.

Upton led off with a ground-rule double and took third on Saito's wild pitch. Then the Brewers brought Braun in as a fifth infielder, stationing him just to the third-base side of second. Morgan shifted to left, leaving center field open. Young and Roberts both bounced out to third. Milwaukee went back to a conventional defense, intentionally walked Kelly Johnson, then pinch-hitter Sean Burroughs flied out to center to send the game into extra innings.

"The game was won in the bottom of the ninth with Saito," said Brewers starter Chris Narveson, who blanked the Diamondbacks through seven innings. "That was an unbelievable job for him to be able to get out of that. We were able to build some momentum off of it and come back and win."

Notes

  • Arizona RHP Barry Enright, called up on Tuesday, was sent back to Triple-A Reno on Wednesday after his disastrous Tuesday night start, when he allowed six runs on seven hits in three innings in an 11-3 Diamondbacks loss.
  • Milwaukee and Arizona rank 1-2 in home runs in the NL, the Brewers with 112, the Diamondbacks 108.
  • Young is the only Arizona player to appear in every game this season; 1B Prince Fielder is the lone Brewer to play in every contest.
  • Temperature outside at game time was 107 degrees, inside Chase Field it was 80.
 
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It's a great night for the Brewers, who take first in the NL Central. However, Carlos Gomez suffers a broken collarbone. (AP)
It's a great night for the Brewers, who take first in the NL Central. However, Carlos Gomez suffers a broken collarbone. (AP)

Players of the Game
Milwaukee

R. Braun
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Arizona

W. Bloomquist
AB 5
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Corey Hart, RF4100110 .256
Carlos Gomez, CF2000000 .220
    Nyjer Morgan, CF3111000 .333
Ryan Braun, LF5132000 .320
Prince Fielder, 1B4000111 .292
Rickie Weeks, 2B4021102 .277
Casey McGehee, 3B5110032 .228
Yuniesky Betancourt, SS3010100 .245
Jonathan Lucroy, C4011002 .281
Chris Narveson, P2000002 .171
    Francisco Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
    Takashi Saito, P0000000 .000
   a- Mark Kotsay, PH1110000 .257
    John Axford, P0000000 .000
Totals37510545  
a-singled for Saito in the 10th
Batting
2B - Ryan Braun (21, Shaw)
HR - Ryan Braun (18, Saunders)
SH - Chris Narveson (6)
RBI - Nyjer Morgan (22), Ryan Braun 2 (66), Rickie Weeks (43), Jonathan Lucroy (37)
2-OUT RBI - Ryan Braun (17), Rickie Weeks (11), Jonathan Lucroy (19)
SB - Rickie Weeks (8, 2nd base off Saunders/Blanco)
CS - Yuniesky Betancourt (3, 3rd base by Saunders/Blanco)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Ryan Braun 1
DP - Weeks-Betancourt-Fielder
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Narveson 7400040 4.45
Francisco Rodriguez (BS,4) 1222110 3.35
Takashi Saito (W,2-1) 1100100 3.38
John Axford (S,26) 1000110 2.78
IBB - Johnson by Takashi Saito
WP - Takashi Saito (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Narveson 87-56, Francisco Rodriguez 21-11, Takashi Saito 18-10, John Axford 13-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Narveson 7-8, Francisco Rodriguez 2-0, Takashi Saito 2-1, John Axford 1-0
Batters Faced - Chris Narveson 23, Francisco Rodriguez 6, Takashi Saito 5, John Axford 3
Arizona Diamondbacks
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Willie Bloomquist, LF-SS5012020 .271
Stephen Drew, SS2010000 .252
    Brandon Allen, 1B2000001 .222
Justin Upton, RF4020011 .286
Chris Young, CF4010012 .261
Ryan Roberts, 3B4000002 .255
Kelly Johnson, 2B3120100 .219
Xavier Nady, 1B-LF3000012 .244
    David Hernandez, P0000000 .000
   a- Sean Burroughs, PH1000002 .245
    Ryan Cook, P0000000 .000
    Alberto Castillo, P0000000 .000
    Sam Demel, P0000000 .000
Henry Blanco, C2000000 .222
   b- Miguel Montero, PH-C1000101 .270
Joe Saunders, P2000010 .161
    Bryan Shaw, P0000000 .000
   c- Geoff Blum, PH0000100 .143
    Gerardo Parra, PR-LF1100001 .279
Totals3427236  
a-flied out for Hernandez in the 9th
b-grounded out for Blanco in the 8th
c-walked for Shaw in the 8th
Batting
2B - Willie Bloomquist (6, Rodriguez), Stephen Drew (21, Narveson), Justin Upton (24, Saito), Chris Young (27, Narveson)
RBI - Willie Bloomquist 2 (11)
2-OUT RBI - Willie Bloomquist 2 (5)
SB - Kelly Johnson (10, 2nd base off Rodriguez/Lucroy)
CS - Justin Upton (7, 2nd base by Narveson/Lucroy)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Allen-Bloomquist
E - Kelly Johnson (6, Throwing)
Arizona Diamondbacks
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Joe Saunders 7522221 3.82
Bryan Shaw 1100110 3.38
David Hernandez 1000010 3.05
Ryan Cook (L,0-1)0333100 0.00
Alberto Castillo 0.2000000 1.42
Sam Demel 0.1100010 2.45
IBB - Fielder by Bryan Shaw
WP - Ryan Cook (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Joe Saunders 119-68, Bryan Shaw 17-10, David Hernandez 16-11, Ryan Cook 23-14, Alberto Castillo 3-3, Sam Demel 8-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Joe Saunders 11-7, Bryan Shaw 1-1, Alberto Castillo 1-0
Batters Faced - Joe Saunders 27, Bryan Shaw 5, David Hernandez 3, Ryan Cook 4, Alberto Castillo 1, Sam Demel 2
Game Information
Attendance - 19196
Game Time - 3:26
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Brian Runge, First Base - Marvin Hudson, Second Base - Tim McClelland, Third Base - Ted Barrett