D-backs hit Braun, then Lucroy's slam beats them

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 18, 2014 at 2:07 am •  Published: June 18, 2014
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PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks, although they probably will not say so on the record, apparently decided the seventh inning was a good time to plunk Ryan Braun.

Boy did that backfire.

The pitch, with the Diamondbacks holding a two-run lead, loaded the bases for Milwaukee.

Brad Ziegler came in and Jonathan Lucroy hit the very next delivery over the wall in left field for a grand slam that sent the Brewers to a 7-5 win Tuesday night.

It was the first grand slam and only the 16th home run Ziegler has allowed in his major league career.

"You wouldn't think that would happen," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. "He doesn't give up home runs. We were looking for a double-play ball there. It didn't work out."

Rookie reliever Evan Marshall was ejected after he drilled Braun — and it took two tries to do it. The first pitch went behind Braun, leading plate umpire Ted Barrett to go to the mound for a nose-to-nose conversation with the pitcher.

"He asked what happened," Marshall said. "I told him the ball slipped, just like it did. He gave me a ball and returned to the plate."

Then Marshall reared back and hit Braun in the left hip.

"We know the way the game works. I wasn't surprised I got hit," Braun said. "I was surprised I got hit in that situation, those circumstances — go-ahead run at second base, tying run at third."

Marshall, who got high-fives in the dugout after he was tossed, had a slight smile on his face as he insisted he didn't do it on purpose.

"They won the tough-guy points, but I don't know what the stats are for those," Milwaukee starter Kyle Lohse said. "We won the game because of that."

Lucroy insisted the Diamondbacks drilling Braun did not provide added motivation.

"I'm not about revenge or payback," the catcher said. "I'm just about winning the game. It worked out for us."

Marshall (2-2) took the loss, facing three batters without getting an out after relieving starter Mike Bolsinger, who was called up from Triple-A Reno earlier in the day.

Lucroy had a solo homer in the sixth. Aramis Ramirez also hit a solo shot for the Brewers.

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