PHOENIX -- The Brewers offense collected 14 hits as they outslugged the D-backs, 8-6, on Friday night in the first of a three-game set at Chase Field.Manny Pina had three hits, including a pair of doubles and two first-inning RBIs to pace the Brewers, who also got a three-hit game
PHOENIX -- The Brewers offense collected 14 hits as they outslugged the D-backs, 8-6, on Friday night in the first of a three-game set at Chase Field.
Manny Pina had three hits, including a pair of doubles and two first-inning RBIs to pace the Brewers, who also got a three-hit game from Orlando Arcia. Milwaukee scored three in the first only to watch the D-backs tie it in the bottom half through a three-run Jake Lamb home run. The Brewers grabbed a 4-3 lead in the fifth that the D-backs quickly tied, but Arizona could not keep up, as the Brewers added two in the sixth and two more in the seventh.
"Unfortunately, we couldn't close the gap offensively," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. "They jumped out to that 8-4 lead, and I just think that we ran out of gas. We came back the first time with the big three-run home run from Jake. They just kept pressing on, and they did a good job offensively. They kept pressuring us."
Zach Davies (7-3) started and picked up the win for the Brewers, who used five relievers after Davies' departure with Corey Knebel pitching the final 1 1/3 innings to pick up his eighth save.
"It was one of those games when the guys did a good job," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "We were just trying to get through it and get outs. Everybody did their job, I thought, and we got through it."
D-backs starter Randall Delgado allowed a season-high four runs in four innings of work in his fourth start of the season.
• Lovullo confident in Delgado as starter
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In a pinch: After Brett Phillips and Arcia led off the sixth inning with base hits, Counsell went to his favorite weapon off the bench, Jesus Aguilar, to hit for Davies. Aguilar delivered a double to left that scored two and gave Milwaukee a 6-4 lead that it would not relinquish.
Into and out of the fire: Coming off a three-game series in which they scored 32 runs, the D-backs looked like they might be able to break the game open when the top two hitters of their lineup reached to start the third. Davies, though, did a masterful in retiring the heart of the Arizona order -- Paul Goldschmidt, Lamb and Chris Owings -- to keep the game tied at 3-3.
"These guys were putting themselves in the position to score some runs and potentially have a big inning," Lovullo said. "It's just unfortunate that we didn't get that big hit as we typically have. I felt like these guys were grinding and putting themselves in a good spot. They just couldn't finish the job."
Brewers second baseman Jonathan Villar was removed from Friday's game in the eighth inning after making a lunging catch on a Chris Herrmann hopper ticketed for right field. Counsell said that Villar was hampered by severe back spasms.
"He has pretty good back spasms, it's really locked up," Counsell said. "The back really tightened up."
• Villar exits after making excellent play at second base
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The Brewers' three first-inning runs increased their Major League lead with runs in the opening frame to 60.
Brewers: For the second game of the three-game series at Chase Field at 9:10 p.m. CT, Milwaukee has Junior Guerra on the mound, making his fifth start of the season. Guerra will face the D-backs for the second time this season and will look to win his second road start in as many outings.
Dbacks:Zack Godley will get the nod for the D-backs on Saturday in the second game of the three-game set at 7:10 MST. Godley is 1-1 with a 1.93 ERA in three starts at Chase Field this year and tossed six shutout innings against the Brewers on May 26 in Milwaukee.
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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.
Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter.