Diamondbacks 8, Brewers 7

It took ten attempts, but the Diamondbacks finally managed to beat the Brewers in a game involving Yovani Gallardo. They wasted some early chances, blew a ninth-inning lead, and nearly blew it again in the 11th. But clutch hits from the heart of the order led the fight-back, and a two-run Eric Hinske homer in the 11th won it. on a day where neither Gallardo nor our starter, Ian Kennedy, had their best stuff.

The expected pitcher's duel didn't quite materialize, Ian Kennedy and Yovani Gallardo combining to allow 16 hits in 12 innings, with each man being charged with four earned runs. It looked like we might rue our failure to capitalize on a bases-loaded, no out situation in the second - Miguel Montero was out at the plate, trying to score on a sacrifice fly. However, the Diamondbacks' hitters in spots three through five were particularly productive, with Montero, Paul Goldschmidt and Jason Kubel combining to go 8-for-15 with four runs driven in and four scored. Goldzilla had three hits and his OBP is up to .433. .

In the sixth. it was Milwaukee's turn to load the bases with no-one out, putting the tying run at third. However, they came up empty, largely because Eric Chavez caught a line-drive and doubled the runner of third. Three pitches later, in the top of the seventh, Aaron Hill hammered his second home-run of the season, a two-run shot to pad our lead to 6-3. Kennedy threw six innings, allowing four runs on nine hits. We then got scoreless innings from Brad Ziegler and David Hernandez, but J.J. Putz blew his first save, allowing three hits and two runs, to push the game into extra innings.

After both sides were retired in order in the tenth, Eric Hinske clubbed a bomb just to the left of center field with no outs in the 11th, scoring himself and Cliff Pennington. The D-backs turned to Heath Bell for the save in the bottom half. He allowed one run to score, but stranded the tying run on third. The win improves Arizona's record to 5-1, as they come home for the series against Pittsburgh.

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