Brewers rattle Snakes with quartet of homers

Brewers rattle Snakes with quartet of homers

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers smacked four homers as they beat the D-backs, 7-2, on Monday night in the opener of a four-game series at Miller Park.

Scooter Gennett, Jonathan Villar, Martin Maldonado and Andy Wilkins each homered, with Maldonado's being the biggest blow -- a three-run shot in the sixth that gave Milwaukee a 6-2 lead.

"That's kind of traditionally the way this offense can score runs," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "We've been a little light with that lately, so I think we were kind of due for a night like that."

The offensive outburst was more than enough for Brewers starter Chase Anderson (5-10). Facing his former team, Anderson allowed a pair of runs on seven hits in five innings of work to earn his first win since June 8.

Tomas' RBI double

D-backs starter and top prospect Braden Shipley, who was making his Major League debut, was tagged for six runs in 5 1/3 innings.

"I felt pretty good out there," Shipley said. "I think I didn't have as much nerves as I thought I would stepping on the mound for the first inning."

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Battling Shipley: Shipley threw Maldonado five curveballs during the Brewers catcher's first two plate appearances. The sixth curve did the rookie in. After Shipley put two men on with one out in the sixth, D-backs pitching coach Mike Butcher made a mound visit. That meeting would prove ineffective when Maldonado cranked a first-pitch curveball from Shipley to the first row of the left-field bleachers. Dominic Leone replaced Shipley and promptly surrendered a homer to the very next batter, as Wilkins took him deep to center for his first career long ball. With a four-run outburst, Milwaukee jumped ahead to a 7-2 lead, effectively blowing the game open.

Brewers go back-to-back in 6th

"Maldy's home run was the play of the game for sure," Counsell said. "That's the spot where we got some breathing room. It was a back breaker for them. Three-run homers are game-changers."

Said Wilkins of his memorable homer: "This is an incredible moment. Something I've been working for for a long time and something that my wife and son, we'll enjoy it forever." More >

Debuting: The pitching line for Shipley in his big league debut would have looked much different had he departed after five innings. The right-hander had allowed three runs through five when D-backs manager Chip Hale allowed him to hit for himself in the sixth. In the bottom half of the inning, Maldonado hit the three-run homer.

"Chip asked me how I felt after the fifth, and I told him, 'Look I feel good.' And I think my pitch count was OK, and I wanted to give the team one more strong inning," Shipley said. "And unfortunately I wasn't able to get out of that sixth inning." More >

Shipley's first big league start

Tip of the spear: The top of the Brewers' order -- Villar, Gennett and Ryan Braun -- set the tone and carried the offense through the game's first five innings. Gennett's first-inning homer traveled 437 feet -- his longest of the season -- and put Milwaukee up, 1-0. Villar lined a solo shot to right-center in the third to take a 2-1 lead. After the D-backs tied the game up again in the fourth, Villar doubled to lead off the fifth and scored on a Braun single. On the evening, the trio went 6-for-12 with two homers, three RBIs, three runs and two walks.

Braun's RBI single to right

Lamb hurting: Third baseman Jake Lamb was arguably the D-backs' best hitter in the first half, but after going 0-for-4 on Monday, he is hitless in his last 19 at-bats. After the game, Hale said Lamb has been playing with a bruised left hand, which has impacted his swing at the plate. Lamb hurt the hand during the series with the Blue Jays, July 19-20.

"We just had a chat, and his hand is not feeling great," Hale said. "So we'll try to give him some time and let him heal. We'll have to do some treatment on him. He's always available, it's just we'll be very careful to give him some days off here."

QUOTABLE
"I had more conviction behind the pitches. I think my focus was where it needs to be." -- Anderson, who picked up his first win since June 8 and pitched five innings for the first time since June 13.

SOUND SMART WITH YOUR FRIENDS
In picking up the loss, Shipley and the D-backs snapped a streak of nine straight wins when the Arizona starter is making his MLB debut.

WHAT'S NEXT
D-backs: Patrick Corbin will get the start Tuesday night against the Brewers at Miller Park at 5:10 p.m. MST. The left-hander is 2-2 with a 1.80 ERA against the Brewers in his career. Last time out he took the loss against the Blue Jays, allowing six runs (three earned) over 5 2/3 innings.

Brewers: The Brewers' bats look to keep rolling behind right-hander Matt Garza at 7:10 p.m. CT on Tuesday. Garza has taken the loss in four consecutive starts, posting a 8.41 ERA in that span.

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.

Curt Hogg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Milwaukee.

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