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Arizona Diamondbacks 11, Milwaukee Brewers 1

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MLB: Milwaukee Brewers at Arizona Diamondbacks Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

The pitchers’ duel between Robbie Ray and Chase Anderson delivered exactly as expected. Anderson was a little shaky in the first, allowing Arizona to take the lead on a Jake Lamb groundout. But both pitchers then settled down. Neither allowed a run the rest of the way, combining for that one run over 12.2 innings with 20 strikeouts. Ray had 12 of those, although also had four walks and three hits, but got the outs when he needed them. Not helped by some shaky home-plate umpiring, he left with two outs in the seventh, having walked the final two batters faced. J.J. Hoover then walked the only hitter he saw, loading the bases for Eric Thames.

However, Jorge De La Rosa ended the top of the seventh in emphatic fashion, striking out Thames on three pitches. And the D-backs then played the game of “Anyone But Anderson”. The bottom of the seventh took 34 minutes, over fifty pitches and saw Arizona bat around, scoring five runs on homers by Brandon Drury, Chris Herrmann and David Peralta. Herrmann added another RBI on an eighth-inning double, and Paul Goldschmidt had a grand-slam in in the eighth, as the D-backs scored ten in two innings of Brewers relief. Though Silvino Bracho lost the shutout in the ninth, Arizona took the game, the series and moved closer to the Rockies.

Jay Ego will be along with the full recap short.