PHOENIX -- D-backs right-hander Zack Godley turned in yet another solid start, allowing a pair of runs over 6 2/3 innings, and he got a crucial two-run homer from Brandon Drury as the D-backs beat the Brewers, 3-2, on Saturday night at Chase Field to even the series at a
PHOENIX -- D-backs right-hander Zack Godley turned in yet another solid start, allowing a pair of runs over 6 2/3 innings, and he got a crucial two-run homer from Brandon Drury as the D-backs beat the Brewers, 3-2, on Saturday night at Chase Field to even the series at a game apiece.
"We did enough to win the game," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. "We hung in there long enough to win, and that's what pleases me most. Obviously the big moment was Drury's two-run homer that put us ahead."
Godley, who is fighting to keep his spot in the rotation with the expected return soon of Taijuan Walker, has a 2-1 record and 2.44 ERA in seven starts. The Brewers did their only damage against Godley in the fourth inning. With two outs, the righty hit Jesus Aguilar with a pitch, and Hernan Perez followed with a home run to left.
"He was just throwing a lot of quality pitches in the strike zone," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said about Godley. "l thought early on we hit the ball hard, but then he got his offspeed pitches going. His split wasn't that good the first few innings, but then he got that back going. And after that, he just threw a bunch of strikes."
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Junior Guerra (1-1) was the tough-luck loser, as he allowed the Drury homer and one other tally in his six innings of work.
"We beat a team that's hot, playing well, pitching well, swinging the bat well," Lovullo said. "You don't typically see either of us play a 3-2 game. We won a nice game, a one-run ballgame, by hanging in there against a pitcher in Guerra who had good stuff."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
He's out, no safe: With one out in the fifth and Rey Fuentes on third, Godley hit a grounder to shortstop Orlando Arcia who threw to the plate to nail Fuentes. The initial call had Fuentes out, but the D-backs challenged the call. After a short review, the call was overturned as replays showed Fuentes had touched the plate with his left hand before catcher Manny Pina made the tag. That cut the Brewers lead to 2-1.
"He made a great attempt, for sure," Counsell said about Arcia's throw. "It was a very athletic play. Fuentes froze for a second because he thought [third baseman Hernan] Perez might get it. It was a heck of an effort. A heck of an effort by Manny as well."
Drury delivers: Drury fell behind Guerra 0-2 with two outs and a runner on second in the sixth. Drury then laid off three straight pitches to run the count full before smacking a 95-mph fastball over the wall in left field to give the D-backs a 3-2 lead.
"I was seeing his pitches pretty good tonight," Drury said. "He got me the first couple at-bats, I felt like I just missed a couple of pitches. He got me down 0-2, and I was just trying to battle. I kind of thought he was going to come with the split-finger there 3-2 and he did, and I just put a good swing on it."
Just before the home run pitch, Guerra threw wildly trying to pick Chris Owings off first base, which allowed Owings to move to second and may have distracted Guerra just enough.
"Credit us for taking advantage of that little opening," Lovullo said. "I think he lost a bit of focus, and it was the difference in the game."
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With two outs in the bottom of the first, D-backs Paul Goldschmidt advanced from first to second on a wild pitch. Goldschmidt would go no further, however, as Pina picked him off second. Initially, Goldschmidt was ruled safe on the play, but the Brewers challenged the call and it was overturned.
Brewers: The Crew closes out the three-series at Chase Field in a 3:10 p.m. CT start Sunday, with right-hander Chase Anderson slated to pitch. It's his second start of the season vs. his old Snakes mates; he pitched seven scoreless innings in a 6-1 victory at Miller Park on May 27, allowing one hit with 11 strikeouts.
D-backs: The red-hot Robbie Ray will start for the D-backs on Sunday in the series finale against the Brewers, starting at 1:10 p.m. MST. Ray has won each of his past four starts and has a 0.30 ERA in those games. He tossed seven shutout innings to beat the Brewers at Miller Park on May 25.
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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.
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