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."
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