Villar, Brewers pull away from D-backs

James Marshall
May 17, 2018

Junior Guerra (3-3) allowed two runs and walked four, and the Brewers' bullpen finished up with three scoreless innings.

The Diamondbacks opened the game with the worst batting average in the majors (.223) and learned earlier in the day they had lost A.J. Pollock for four-to-eight weeks with a fractured left thumb.

According to the Arizona Republic's Nick Piecoro, Pollock was diagnosed with a sprain in his left thumb.

Brewers' Tyler Saladino celebrates his inside-the-park home run as Diamondbacks catcher John Ryan Murphy looks on during the ninth inning Monday in Phoenix. Jonathan Villar also hit a home run in the inning. Brandon Woodruff will start game three and is 1-0 with an 8.03 ERA and 11 strikeouts this season.

Arizona starter Zack Greinke gave up four hits and one run in six innings, with five strikeouts and one walk.

Daniel Descalso singled home Jarrod Dyson with two outs in the eighth to deliver the Diamondbacks, snapping a six-game losing streak.

It has already been a rough go of late for the D-Backs, who have now dropped six straight games.

Christian Yelich singled off reliever Andrew Chafin with one out in the seventh, driving in Manny Pina to break a 2-2 tie.

Shaw and Santana hit two-out drives in the first as Milwaukee took a 3-0 lead, but Descalso homered in the bottom half.

Goldschmidt almost had his first home run since April 15, but his two-out fly ball to right landed in Lorenzo Cain's glove just in front of the fence to end the fifth inning. He helped the Brewers win for the fourth time in five games and the fifth time in seven.

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