Gomez leads Brewers past Diamondbacks 8-3

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 5, 2014 at 11:41 pm •  Published: May 5, 2014
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MILWAUKEE (AP) — After struggling to score runs in the last four games, Carlos Gomez knew his team needed a spark.

The Milwaukee Brewers outfielder provided one. Immediately.

Gomez hit the first pitch he saw from Mike Bolsinger leading off the bottom of the first inning for his eighth home run of the season to propel the Brewers to an 8-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday night.

"I really wanted to get something going tonight," said Gomez, who also had a two-run single and walked three times. "I knew he likes to throw the ball close to the zone on his first pitch, so I was ready for it."

Gomez was just 3-for-16 in the Brewers' four-game series against the Cincinnati Reds over the weekend, while Milwaukee lost three of the games. He said he thought about making sure he was swinging at good pitches while coming to Miller Park on Monday.

"I continued that through batting practice and right into the game," Gomez said.

Martin Maldonado and Jean Segura also homered for Milwaukee, which had lost four of its last five entering the game. The Brewers still have the best record in baseball at 22-11.

Milwaukee remained the only team in baseball to not lose when scoring at least four runs, improving to 18-0 in those games.

Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said he was pleased to see his team's offense come to life. The Brewers had been struggling offensively, scoring only 10 runs in the Reds' series.

"We've been talking about somewhere in there getting, six, seven, eight runs and we did," Roenicke said. "It sets up a lot of things when you get people on base. The guys did a great job."

Matt Garza (2-3) allowed three runs and eight hits in six innings for Milwaukee. It was only the third time in seven starts this season that Garza has not given up at least four runs.

Garza said it was satisfying to win the game, despite struggling through the first few innings.

"I really wanted to attack tonight and not shy away from contact," he said. "My teammates really backed me up tonight until I got it together."

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