Arroyo, Goldschmidt lift Diamondbacks over Brewers

Arroyo, Goldschmidt lift Diamondbacks over Brewers

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MILWAUKEE, WI - MAY 7: Jonathan Lucroy #20 of the Milwaukee Brewers makes the catch too late as Bronson Arroyo #61 of the Arizona Diamondbacks scores at Miller Park on May 7, 2014 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Tom Lynn/Getty Images)

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by Genaro C. Armas, AP Sports Writer

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Posted on May 7, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Updated Wednesday, May 7 at 3:52 PM

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The offseason signing of free agent starter Bronson Arroyo is paying off for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The 15-year veteran has been mentoring young teammates since spring training. And after a rough patch on the mound in April, he's off to a splendid start himself in May.

Arroyo kept the Milwaukee Brewers at bay with off-speed stuff, allowing an unearned run and five hits in 7 1-3 innings, to lead Arizona over the Milwaukee Brewers 3-2 Wednesday.

Paul Goldschmidt hit a two-run homer for the second straight game for the Diamondbacks, who have won five of seven after starting the season 8-22.

Arroyo (3-2) has been one of the sparks, going 2-0 with an 0.87 ERA in his last three starts.

"He's throwing the ball good. He's been trending in this direction and in total command today," manager Kirk Gibson said.

Wily Peralta (4-2) allowed 11 hits, tying his career high, and two runs in six innings. The right-hander had trouble all afternoon locating his pitches, including a fastball that can reach 96 mph.

Arroyo doesn't throw nearly that hard, but he was even more effective against the free-swinging Brewers.

"It's hard as a hitter to go up that way. You think you get a fastball and then you sit off-speed," manager Ron Roenicke said. "The more swingers you have in your lineup, the more you'll have trouble with him."

Arizona stranded 13 runners, including leaving men at third three times through the seventh.

The right-handed Arroyo made up for Arizona's shortcomings at the plate with his outing on the mound. He made Jonathan Lucroy flail on an 86 mph sinker to start the seventh with a strikeout, and ended the inning by striking out Mark Reynolds on a slider.

It's a far cry from a few weeks ago when Arroyo didn't make it out of the fifth and allowed a combined 18 hits and 14 runs in back-to-back outings against the Mets and Cubs. He's backing up his encouraging words to teammates with solid starts again.

"You try to do all the little things and field your position," Arroyo said in recounting talks to younger players. "All those types of things matter. Especially for a guy like me, I'm not overpowering so I have to take everything I can."

Addison Reed got his 10th save in 11 chances despite giving up a run in the ninth when Scooter Gennett doubled down the left-field line and scored two batters later on Lyle Overbay's sacrifice fly.

Reed struck out Reynolds swinging on a high fastball to end the game.

The Brewers are now 2-6 after opening with a big league-best 20-7 record. With third-place hitter Ryan Braun out with an oblique injury and cleanup hitter Aramis Ramirez slumping badly, the offense has been choppy - leaving less margin for error for a pitching staff off to a strong start overall.

"I know the lineup's not the same, but we still have enough guys in there that I think we should be scoring some runs," Roenicke said. "We'll get it going, we'll figure it out."

Arizona escaped a jam in the eighth after the Brewers put two on with one out. Pinch-hitter Rickie Weeks then lined a single off reliever Brad Ziegler that loaded the bases for Carlos Gomez - who hit the next pitch sharply into an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play that elicited groans from hometown fans.

Arizona is finding its way on the road. Goldschmidt hit an 0-1 pitch for his seventh homer of the year after Martin Prado led off the third with a single.

"This whole road trip I think our bats are getting better. We're starting to drive the ball a little bit," Gibson said. "We're starting to get better."

NOTES: Arroyo is among eight active pitchers to have appeared in a game at Milwaukee's old home, County Stadium. Miller Park opened in 2001. ... 3B Ramirez got a day off. The veteran is hitting .089 (5 for 35) since April 17. ... Both teams get a day off Thursday. Brandon McCarthy (1-5) starts for the Diamondbacks on Friday when they open a three-game interleague series in Chicago against the White Sox. Brewers ace Yovani Gallardo (2-1) opens a three-game series against the visiting New York Yankees.

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Arroyo frustrates Brewers, Diamondbacks win 3-2

By GENARO C. ARMAS
AP Sports Writer


MILWAUKEE (AP) -- With the bases loaded and Carlos Gomez at bat, the Brewers thought they finally had a chance to break through in the eighth inning after an otherwise frustrating day at the plate.

Hard-hit ball, but bad result for Milwaukee.

Gomez hit the pitch from Arizona Diamondbacks reliever Brad Ziegler sharply but right at shortstop Cliff Pennington to start an inning-ending double play, and most of his teammates had a tough time against starter Bronson Arroyo in a 3-2 loss Wednesday.

Arroyo (3-2) allowed an unearned run and five hits in 7 1-3 innings, his third straight outing holding an opponent to no more than two runs. Addison Reed got his 10th save in 11 chances despite giving up a run in the ninth.

"He's tough. He keeps you off-balance. The one approach that seems to work is waiting him out, being patient," Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett said. "It's easy with a guy like that that doesn't throw too hard to try to do too much."

Paul Goldschmidt had a two-run homer for the second straight game to back Arroyo, hitting an 0-1 pitch for his seventh homer of the year after Martin Prado led off the third with a single. Goldschmidt went 7 for 15 in the three-game-series.

Arizona took two of three from the team that entered Wednesday an NL-best 22-12. The Brewers are 2-6 after opening the year with a big league-best 20-7 record.

With No. 3 batter Ryan Braun out with an oblique injury and cleanup hitter Aramis Ramirez slumping badly, the offense has been choppy - leaving less margin for error for a pitching staff off to a strong start overall.

"I know the lineup's not the same, but we still have enough guys in there that I think we should be scoring some runs," manager Ron Roenicke said. "We'll get it going, we'll figure it out."

Wily Peralta (4-2) allowed 11 hits, tying his career high, and two runs in six innings. Peralta managed to escape trouble all afternoon - except when Goldschmidt came to the plate in the third.

"Up in the zone with everything. Sliders were up, fastballs were up," Roenicke said. "Two runs off after all those hits, (he did) a good job of battling."

The 6-foot-3 first baseman loves hitting in Miller Park, where he has four homers and 12 RBIs in eight career games. His drive to left-center caromed back on to the field after bouncing off the facade above the wall about 370 feet from the plate.

"He's throwing the ball good. He's been trending in this direction and in total command today," manager Kirk Gibson said.

Milwaukee closed within a run in the ninth after Gennett doubled down and scored two batters later on Lyle Overbay's sacrifice fly. Reed struck out Mark Reynolds swinging on a high fastball to end the game.

Arizona stranded 13 runners, including leaving men at third three times through the seventh. But the right-hander, in his 15th year in the majors, kept the free-swinging Brewers at bay well into the afternoon, making Jonathan Lucroy flail on an 86 mph sinker to start the seventh with a strikeout. He ended the inning by striking out Reynolds on a slider.

"You think you get a fastball and then you sit offspeed," Roenicke said. "The more swingers you have in your lineup, the more you'll have trouble with him."

Milwaukee wasted a solid chance in the eighth after pinch-hitter Weeks loaded the bases after singling off reliever Brad Ziegler. It loaded the bases for Gomez - whose grounder elicited groans from hometown fans.

Gomez and Gennett each went 2 for 4 with a run scored for the Brewers.

NOTES: Arroyo is among eight active pitchers to have appeared in a game at Milwaukee's old home, County Stadium. Miller Park opened in 2001. ... Brewers 3B Aramis Ramirez got a day off. The veteran is hitting .089 (5 for 35) since April 17. ... Both teams get a day off Thursday. Brandon McCarthy (1-5) starts for the Diamondbacks on Friday when they open a three-game interleague series in Chicago against the White Sox. Brewers ace Yovani Gallardo (2-1) opens a three-game series against the visiting New York Yankees.

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