Brewers slip past Diamondbacks


MILWAUKEE – Carlos Lee’s ninth-inning single led the Brewers to a 5-4 come-from-behind victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The win was the Brewers’ fifth straight comeback win. The Brewers are 5-0 for the first time since 1987 and the third time in franchise history.

Dan Kolb (1-0) pitched a scoreless ninth to get the win. Luis Vizcaino (0-1) got the loss.

With one out, J.J. Hardy doubled down the left-field line – his third hit of the game. Geoff Jenkins was walked intentionally to put runners at first and second. On a 1-2 pitch, Lee lined the ball to center field and Hardy beat Eric Byrnes’ throw to the plate.

Doug Davis lasted only five innings for the Brewers, giving up four runs and five hits. It was the second straight no-decision for Davis, who started the Brewers’ season opener Monday against Pittsburgh.

Brandon Webb started for the Diamondbacks and pitched six innings, giving up four runs and nine hits.

Damion Easley’s two-out, two-run single in the first inning after Arizona loaded the bases gave the Diamondbacks a 2-0 lead.

Luis Gonzalez’s second home run of the year gave the Diamondbacks a 3-0 lead in the third. Gonzalez’s home run landed in the right center-field concourse, almost hitting one of the Brewers’ racing sausages. It was Gonzalez’s second straight game with a home run against the Brewers.

The Brewers cut the lead to 3-1 on Lee’s broken bat double down the right field line. Hardy, who had singled, scored on the play. Prince Fielder, the Brewers’ highly touted first baseman, hit his first home run of the year in the fourth inning to trim the lead to 3-2.

Conor Jackson’s two-out RBI single in the fifth inning scored Craig Counsell and extended Arizona’s lead to 4-2.

The Brewers tied the game at 4 in the sixth inning on Gabe Gross’ pinch-hit, two-run single. It was Gross’ second pinch hit of the season as he hit a two-run home run Tuesday against Pittsburgh.

Notes: Brewers RHP Ben Sheets will make his second rehabilitation start with the team’s Triple-A Nashville team Tuesday against Iowa. In his first rehab start on April 6, Sheets pitched 2 2-3 innings for the Brewers’ Double-A Huntsville. He gave up four hits and two runs. … Fielder had three hits in the game, the first time he has accomplished that in his career. Coming into the game, he had two hits in the first four games of the season.

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