MILWAUKEE -- Scooter Gennett's hit didn't go far, but it had a big impact as his soft looper that landed just beyond second base scored a pair of runs in the eighth and touched off a five-run rally as the Brewers defeated the D-backs, 9-4, on Tuesday night at Miller Park.
After the D-backs scored a pair of runs in the first inning, the Brewers responded with three in the bottom of the first and after Arizona tied the game at 3 in the fourth it was Gennett who drove home a run in the sixth to put Milwaukee back on top.
"It's a crazy game," Gennett said. "Sometimes you can do everything right and fail. Sometimes you can get jammed by 97 [mph] and everything works out. It's a crazy game and it's about time that things start working in our favor, though."
The D-backs managed to tie the game in the seventh on Paul Goldschmidt's single off the glove of first baseman Chris Carter, but setup man Daniel Hudson struggled in the eighth, allowing a single and walking a pair before giving up Gennett's two-run single.
"It was disappointing for sure," D-backs manager Chip Hale said. "We battled to get to the 4-4 and guys were playing their hearts out and in the eighth inning it fell apart."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED No ties allowed: Both of Gennett's hits in the game were tie-breakers. The Brewers second baseman came up with two outs and two on in the sixth and slapped a single past shortstop Jean Segura to plate Ryan Braun to take a 4-3 lead. With the bases loaded in the eighth, Gennett didn't make very hard contact with a Hudson fastball, but couldn't place the ball better as he tickled the ball 55.5 mph off the bat, according to Statcast™, through the middle for a two-run single. Milwaukee tacked on insurance with Kirk Nieuwenhuis' bases-loaded walk and a two-run single by Jonathan Villar. More >
"Sometimes it's hard to even see the ball off the bat," Gennett said. "When you get jammed like that, it's tough to see. But when he went to dive, I was crossing my fingers while I was running."
Got 'em: Arizona pitcher Patrick Corbin may not have survived the first inning if not for left fielder Michael Bourn. With three runs in and Corbin having already thrown 37 pitches, Keon Broxton singled to left. Gennett tried to score from second, but Bourn's throw cut him down at the plate ending the inning and allowing Corbin to stay in the game.
"Once they got it going it seemed like no matter what pitch I threw, I couldn't get out of it," Corbin said of the first inning. "Bourn made a great play at home which saved another run there and I felt like I was able to settle down after that."
Right back atcha: The D-backs put together a two-out rally to plate a pair of runs in the first off Brewers starter Matt Garza, so the Crew returned the favor. Carter singled in Braun and scored on Jake Elmore's two-run single put the Brewers up, 3-2. Milwaukee scored seven of its nine runs with two outs.
"We did a nice job tonight with two outs just keeping the line moving," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "We had good at-bats with two outs."
Can't stop the bleeding: The eighth inning got away from the D-backs. After Gennett's two-run single, reliever Zac Curtis made things worse by walking a pair -- including one to force in a run -- and allowing a two-run single to put the game out of reach.
"The problem after that is just control the damage," Hale said. "We've got to control it. Curtis has to do a better job. He's got to come in and end that inning there and let us have a chance with two runs down in the ninth. That's where it got disappointing, at that point." More >
"I'm able to throw the heck out of it and start having fun again." -- Garza, who gave up fewer than four runs for the first time since June 19, on his breaking pitches
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Gennett's go-ahead single was the biggest hit of the game, giving the Brewers a 94.9 percent win expectancy, but it was also the weakest-hit ball of the game, as measured by Statcast™'s exit velocity. Goldschmidt's game-tying RBI single wasn't squared up all too well, either, leaving the bat at 62.6 mph.
WHAT'S NEXT D-backs:Archie Bradley gets the start Wednesday night in the third game of a four-game set with the Brewers at Miller Park. Bradley took the loss his last time out allowing three earned runs over five innings. This will be his first career appearance against the Brewers. Game time is 5:10 p.m. MST.
Brewers:Jimmy Nelson will take the ball for the Brewers on Wednesday night against Arizona with first pitch at 7:10 p.m. CT. In two starts against the D-backs last season, Nelson went 1-0 with a 2.77 ERA.