Series: Game 1 of 3

Arizona leads 1-0 (as of 7/14)

Game 1: Friday, July 14
Game 2: Saturday, July 15
Game 3: Sunday, July 16

Brewers 3

(44-47, 15-27 away)

Diamondbacks 4

(44-45, 20-23 home)

    9:40 PM ET, July 14, 2006

    Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona 

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    W: B. Medders (3-2)

    L: D. Turnbow (4-5)

    D-Backs beat Brewers, but lose Counsell for 3-6 weeks

    PHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona catcher Johnny Estrada thought he deserved to make the National League All-Star team.

    Three days after the game, Estrada showed why it may have been a mistake to leave him off. And he did it against Milwaukee closer Derrick Turnbow, an All-Star.

    Estrada hit a two-run home run off Turnbow in the ninth inning to give the Arizona Diamondbacks a 4-3 victory over the Brewers Friday night.

    "Of course, I'd like to be calling myself a two-time All-Star right now, but sometimes it's a popularity contest," said Estrada, an All-Star with Atlanta in 2004. "I enjoyed the days off with my family."

    It was a costly victory for the Diamondbacks, who lost shortstop and leadoff man Craig Counsell for three to six weeks with a broken right rib.

    The Diamondbacks worried that the All-Star break might disrupt the momentum they established in a three-game sweep at Colorado last weekend. And for 8½ innings, Arizona played sluggishly and appeared headed for its 15th loss in 17 games at Chase Field.

    But that all changed in a heartbeat. After Luis Gonzalez greeted Turnbow with a double off the right field wall, Estrada belted Turnbow's next delivery 392 feet into the seats in right field for his seventh homer of the season.

    "I was watching him pitch to Gonzo, and he was blowing up the radar gun, throwing 97, 98 (mph)," Estrada said. "Gonzo leads off with a double, I'm just trying to pull something to the right side to get him to third so we have a chance to tie at least."

    Estrada said he had one previous walk-off homer, as a Philadelphia rookie against Florida on Sept. 23, 2001.

    It was Turnbow's seventh blown save in 30 chances and cost the Brewers their fourth straight loss.

    "It's just brutal," Turnbow (4-5) said. "Tonight was probably the best I've felt in a long time and it still didn't go my way, so I've just got to be better. That's the bottom line. It stinks costing the team wins."

    Turnbow threw four pitches. Two were balls. One was hit off the wall and the other into the bleachers.

    "It's kind of glaring because it's the first game back after the break, and it happened quick," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said.

    Gonzalez and Estrada both said they were sitting on Turnbow's fastball, which is intimidating but clearly not unhittable.

    "He definitely needs to find a way to command his pitches better," Yost said. "He never really got in a position when he could use his breaking ball."

    Jeff Cirillo had a two-run single and Geoff Jenkins and Rickie Weeks each had a single and a double for the Brewers.

    Reliever Brandon Medders (3-2) worked two innings for the win, retiring all six men he faced. Medders inherited a runner at second with no outs in the eighth but pitched out of the jam, keeping the Diamondbacks within striking distance.

    "He was the MVP of the game," Estrada said. "He came in and was lights out for two innings and gave us a chance to win."

    Counsell was injured swinging in the seventh inning. Arizona manager Bob Melvin the Diamondbacks would fill Counsell's roster spot with shortstop Stephen Drew, their first-round pick in the 2004 draft. Drew is hitting .284 with 13 home runs and 51 RBI in 83 games at Triple-A Tucson.

    Although Drew is considered a big part of Arizona's future, several Diamondbacks said they would miss Counsell's veteran leadership.

    "That's a big blow for us," Gonzalez said. "Counsell does so many little things for us. You don't replace a guy like that."

    Counsell did a lot of little things Friday night. In the first inning, he scored the game's first run after drawing a leadoff walk. In the fourth, Counsell picked up Damian Miller's bouncer and threw out Prince Fielder at the plate. In the fifth, Counsell singled to drive in Arizona's second run.

    Losing Counsell might make it tougher for the Diamondbacks to contend for a playoff berth. But Friday night's dramatic victory seemed like a good omen for a team that has had precious few of those in the last six weeks.

    "This is a great way to start the second half," Estrada said. "I think the four days off did this team some good. We needed to get away for a little bit and get hungry again. This is a great way to hopefully catapult us forward."

    Game notes

    Before the game, Arizona announced that it had extended Melvin's contract two years, through 2008, with a club option for 2009. ... The Brewers came into the game tied for third in the NL Central, 5½ games behind St. Louis. It was the closest Milwaukee has been to first place at the All-Star break since joining the NL in 1998. ... Arizona's Miguel Batista threw two wild pitches to take over the league lead with 11. ... Estrada's single in the sixth stretched his hitting streak to nine games, tying a career high. ... Counsell had an 0-2 count when he left the game in the seventh inning. Damion Easley pinch hit for Counsell and bounced to the pitcher.

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