PHOENIX (AP) — Wily Peralta had trouble keeping the ball down in the second inning and Arizona took advantage, lining one hit after another.
The right-hander started hitting his spots after that, setting up Milwaukee for a big finish.
Peralta pitched seven effective innings, Aramis Ramirez lined a two-run double in the eighth inning and the Brewers broke open a close game late for a 9-3 victory over the Diamondbacks on Monday night.
"In that second inning, I was missing pitches, missing location," Peralta said. "After that, I just got into a rhythm."
Peralta (7-5) shook off that shaky inning to keep the NL Central-leading Brewers close against Arizona and Brandon McCarthy.
Milwaukee ran away with it once McCarthy left, scoring three runs in the eighth against Will Harris (0-2): two on Ramirez's third hit and another on a run-scoring single by Khris Davis.
Ryan Braun hit a two-run triple off J.J. Putz in the ninth inning and Scooter Gennett had a run-scoring single after homering earlier in the game for the Brewers, who had 12 hits.
"We swung the ball really well throughout the game," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "There were a couple of chances early where we could have broken the game open."
McCarthy gave the Diamondbacks a chance, shaking off his own early troubles to go seven innings. He helped himself out, too, slashing a two-run single in the second inning.
Arizona's bullpen, which has been solid recently, couldn't hold it. Harris gave up the three runs with two outs in the ninth and the Brewers kept hitting from there, sending Arizona to its fifth loss in six games.
"We had it set up pretty good right there, but it didn't work out," said Arizona manager Kirk Gibson, who was ejected in the ninth inning after a review failed to overturn a stolen base call at third base. "Two outs and to score all those runs, it didn't work out the way it wanted to."
Both starters had some rough moments before settling down.
Peralta appeared to be back on track in his last start after two shaky outings, holding the New York Mets to a run over 6 2-3 innings.
The hard-throwing right-hander didn't keep the momentum rolling early against the Diamondbacks, giving up five hits in Arizona's three-run second inning.
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