PHOENIX -- The Brewers missed several chances to score early against the D-backs on Saturday. Ryan Braun made sure that wouldn't be the case all night, in what turned into an offensive onslaught.Braun belted a pair of three-run homers and matched Milwaukee's franchise record with seven RBIs, highlighting a 15-6
PHOENIX -- The Brewers missed several chances to score early against the D-backs on Saturday. Ryan Braun made sure that wouldn't be the case all night, in what turned into an offensive onslaught.
Braun belted a pair of three-run homers and matched Milwaukee's franchise record with seven RBIs, highlighting a 15-6 win at Chase Field. Keon Broxton became the first rookie in Brewers history to collect five hits (his previous high was two), Jonathan Villar added four more, and the Brewers snapped a skid of three losses in four games by pounding out a season-high 19 hits and drawing 10 walks in support of starter Matt Garza. The 15 runs were a season high for Milwaukee.
"The big hit was [Braun's] three-run homer when it was 2-0," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "To me that was the big hit in the game. He had a great night."
Garza (3-4) won for the second straight start, allowing three runs (two earned) on three hits over 6 1/3 innings, his longest outing of the season. The right-hander opened the game by retiring 13 of the first 14 batters he faced and didn't allow a run until the seventh.
D-backs starter Patrick Corbin (4-11) took the loss, allowing four earned runs on eight hits in just five innings. Welington Castillo and Jean Segura each hit two-run homers in the seventh, but they came too late as Arizona fell to 18-39 at home. The D-backs have won consecutive games just once (July 16-17) since June 24.
"We had a hard time getting a few guys out -- Braun, Broxton, Villar -- that's just not good," D-backs manager Chip Hale said. "We did not perform like we needed to, especially after coming off a big win last night. Some of it was the offense was playing defense for a long time early in the game, and sometimes that puts you on your heels."
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Payback: In June 2014, D-backs reliever Evan Marshall got a standing ovation from the Chase Field faithful and high-fives in the dugout after being ejected for plunking Braun during a tense Brewers-D-backs series. On Saturday, Braun won Round 2 with his 408-foot home run off Marshall, extending a 2-0 lead to 5-0 in the sixth. More >
When Braun hit another three-run homer off Dominic Leone an inning later, it gave him four home runs in the first five games of the Brewers' road trip.
"I feel good. Even my outs are hit hard," Braun said. "With the current complexion of our lineup, I know that it's going to be important for me to make sure I'm getting strikes. They're being really careful about trying to throw a lot of pitches off the plate."
Corbin's woes continue: Corbin had another short outing, his eighth consecutive start in which he could not complete six innings. During that stretch, he is 0-5 with a 7.09 ERA, with all five of those losses coming in his last six outings. Corbin has been particularly bad at home this season, where he is 0-8 with a 6.93 ERA in 11 starts.
"It wasn't as bad as it probably appeared because of the ability to wiggle out of trouble," Hale said, "but the walks, location of fastballs are just not where they need to be."
Good one for Garza: Garza was visibly agitated as he left the game in the seventh inning amid what became a four-run Arizona rally. But in the bigger picture, the veteran right-hander was pleased in the wake of his third straight effective start. He has a 3.12 ERA in those games.
"Guys who have seen me pitch before last season know my stuff is back, and it's fun to play with again," Garza said. "Throwing sliders when I want, breaking curveballs when I want, sinkers, four-seams whenever I want. It's not like I have to go out on one pitch. It's a lot of fun to have my stuff back and not be hurting when I'm doing it."
Crew gets a scare: The firsts continued for top Brewers prospect Orlando Arcia, who scored his first four runs, logged his first multi-hit game, drew his first walk and endured his first injury scare. It came in the bottom of the sixth, when the 22-year-old shortstop collided in center field with second baseman Scooter Gennett while chasing Phil Gosselin's bloop double. Both players were OK, and Garza was able to navigate two walks and catcher Martín Maldonado's dropped popup in the inning to preserve his shutout bid into the seventh.
"I was a little concerned we were going to finish the game in less than our standard four hours. Fortunately, we were able to extend it out and get right to four hours. But if you're going to play for four hours, it's nice to be on the winning side of it." -- Braun, joking about the Brewers' penchant for marathon games
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Brewers veterans account for two of the seven Major Leaguers with seven-plus RBIs in a game this season. Before Braun went off on Saturday, Brewers infielder Aaron Hill (since traded to the Red Sox) had seven RBIs in a May 7 win over the Reds. Minnesota's Max Kepler, Washington's Danny Espinosa and Colorado's Nolan Arenado also had seven RBIs in a game this season, and the Blue Jays' Michael Saunders had an eight-RBI game.
PERALTA SCRATCHED FROM LINEUP
D-backs outfielder David Peralta was a late scratch from the lineup due to soreness in his right wrist. Peralta has spent time on the DL this season due to inflammation in the same wrist. He will be examined by Dr. Don Sheridan on Sunday.
"I just felt something when I hit the wall [Friday], I felt something weird," Peralta said. "I just have to wait and see what the doctor is going to say tomorrow, hopefully nothing bad."
Peralta said he was available to pinch-hit on Saturday and likely will be again Sunday, but he does not anticipate starting.
Brewers: "There's not any words, really, that can describe how frustrated and disappointed I am," Jimmy Nelson said after losing the Brewers' opening game of a road trip that concludes Sunday beginning at 3:10 p.m. CT. Now he faces a D-backs team that scored eight runs in 4 2/3 innings against Nelson at Miller Park on July 27.
D-backs:Archie Bradley will start the series finale Sunday afternoon at 1:10 MST as he looks to bounce back from a rough outing against the Nationals when he allowed eight runs (seven earned) in just 3 1/3 innings. Bradley was impressive against the Brewers on July 27 in Milwaukee, allowing one run over seven innings.
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Jake Rill is a reporter for MLB.com based in Phoenix and covered the D-backs on Saturday.
Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast.