Rubby outduels Jungmann to blank Brewers
PHOENIX -- Rubby De La Rosa blanked the Brewers over eight innings, winning for the second straight start, to lift the D-backs to a 2-0 win on Saturday night at Chase Field
De La Rosa gave up just four hits and struck out six as he won his team-best eighth game of the season. The right-hander improved to 6-1 at home this season and the D-backs won despite scoring fewer than four runs for the sixth time in seven games.
"I feel confidence in my two-seamer, so I try to use it because right now it's really good. I try to throw it no matter what," De La Rosa said. "When I'm pitching down, it's a big difference for me."
Brewers starter Taylor Jungmann lost for the first time in seven starts, snapping a three-start winning streak, despite giving up just two runs on four hits over six innings. The right-hander struck out seven, but also walked four. The Brewers were shut out for the 10th time this season.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Putting pressure on early: The D-backs struck for a pair of runs in the bottom of the first, forcing Jungmann to throw 33 pitches in the frame. Paul Goldschmidt hit a one-out RBI double to open the scoring. The D-backs made it 2-0 when Jake Lamb came through with an RBI single to left with two outs.
Nice bounceback: After allowing two runs on three hits, a walk and a hit batter in the first inning, Jungmann surrendered only one more Arizona hit and no runs from the second inning through the end of the sixth. The highlight might have been striking out the dangerous Goldschmidt on a curveball in the dirt to end the fifth.
"I'm happy with the adjustment I made," Jungmann said. "Obviously I'm not happy with the entire outing, just because the first inning was a little frustrating. … It was kind of a mental adjustment, trying to pound the zone. Early, I was timid."
Lamb's up-and-down day: Lamb collected a pair of hits, just his second multi-hit game since July 8, and also drove in a run. He also made a shining defensive play, retiring Carlos Gomez in the fourth with a fantastic diving stop and throw to first. But Lamb also had some defensive lapses, committing errors in the first and fifth for the first multi-error game of his career and pushing his season total to five.
Last gasp: The Brewers didn't go quietly in the ninth inning against D-backs sidearmer Brad Ziegler. After making the first two outs of the inning on just five pitches, the Brewers loaded the bases with a pair of singles and a walk, putting the go-ahead runner on base for red-hot Gerardo Parra. But Ziegler caught Parra looking at a breaking ball for a game-ending strikeout.
"We had a good inning against him," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "He threw a nice backdoor slider to Gerardo, but we gave ourselves a chance."
"It just seems like when one guy has a good outing, now the next guy wants to do better and keep it going." -- D-backs manager Chip Hale on three straight strong outings by the rotation
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When Ryan Braun singled and stole second base in the first inning, he became the third Major Leaguer with at least 15 home runs and 15 stolen bases this season. Two of them were at Chase Field on Saturday -- Braun and Goldschmidt. San Diego's Justin Upton is also in the club.
Brewers first baseman Adam Lind, a potential trade target for contenders, left Saturday's game with lower back tightness after striking out in the first inning. Lind has long fought back trouble, but had stayed healthy enough this season to start 85 of the Brewers' first 98 games, including one start as the designated hitter. More >
Brewers: After returning from the disabled list to pitch six scoreless innings against the Indians on Tuesday, Matt Garza will try to build on that outing in Sunday's series finale at 3:10 p.m. CT. Garza is 5-1 with a 2.45 ERA in seven career appearances (six starts) against Arizona.
D-backs: Jeremy Hellickson takes the mound for the finale of the four-game series at 1:10 p.m. MST. Hellickson is 2-3 with a 4.08 ERA over his last six starts, despite giving up more than two runs just once during that stretch. The right-hander will make his third career start against the Brewers, who he beat on May 30 when he gave up two runs in six innings.
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