9:40 PM ET, June 17, 2014
Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona
Jonathan Lucroy homered twice, including a grand slam in an eventful seventh inning, and the Brewers made it two in a row over Arizona by beating the Diamondbacks 7-5 on Tuesday night.
"They won the tough-guy points, but I don't know what the stats are for those," Milwaukee starter Kyle Lohse said. "We won the game because of that."
Brewers manager Ron Roenicke called Lucroy's at-bat "probably the best I've ever seen."
"After they smoke our guy, they bring in their closer; the first pitch (Lucroy) sees, he hits a grand slam. There's no way an at-bat can get bigger than that," Roenicke said.
It was the first grand slam and only the 16th home run allowed by Ziegler, who is not usually the Arizona closer.
The Brewers couldn't understand why the Diamondbacks picked that moment to hit Braun.
"We know the way the game works," Braun said. "I was surprised I got hit in that situation, those circumstances -- go-ahead run at second base, tying run at third."
Lucroy insisted the Diamondbacks' drilling Braun did not provide added motivation.
"I'm not about revenge or payback," the catcher said. "I'm just about winning the game. It worked out for us."
Marshall (2-2) took the loss, facing three batters without getting an out after relieving starter Mike Bolsinger, who was called up from Triple-A Reno earlier in the day.
Lucroy had a solo homer in the sixth. Aramis Ramirez also hit a solo shot for the Brewers.
Lohse (8-2), who had hit three batters all season, plunked two in his six innings. He grazed Didi Gregorius to start the game, then hit Chris Owings just below the back of his head to start the sixth.
Lohse also threw one over Bolsinger's head, and the Brewers hit a batter in Monday night's win as well.
All that apparently led to Marshall retaliating.
"I am not going to comment on that," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. "You have been around the game long enough."
With a slight smile on his face, Marshall said he didn't hit Braun on purpose.
Lohse allowed four runs, three earned, and six hits. The Brewers trailed 4-2 when he was lifted for a pinch hitter in a five-run seventh.
Singles by pinch hitter Cody Ross and Gerardo Parra put runners at first and second with one out, but Rodriguez struck out Paul Goldschmidt. Miguel Montero bounced out to first to end it, and Rodriguez earned his major league-leading 22nd save.
That ended the night for Bolsinger, who had a 4-2 lead when he left. He wound up allowing three runs on seven hits with six strikeouts and no walks in 6 1/3 innings.
Marshall's first pitch went behind the batter, leading plate umpire Ted Barrett to walk to the mound for a nose-to-nose conversation with the Arizona pitcher. The next pitch, Marshall plunked Braun just above the left hip to load the bases.
"That's ridiculous," Lucroy said. "It's overreacting."
Barrett immediately tossed Marshall, who got high-fives from his teammates in the Diamondbacks' dugout. But with the bases loaded, Lucroy homered to left-center, above the 413-foot sign, and Milwaukee led 7-4.
Gibson has been outspoken since Braun's 65-game suspension last year for violating baseball's drug agreement during the 2011 season, which included the slugger's big series in which the Brewers edged the Diamondbacks in the National League playoffs.
Asked whether he thought that figured into Marshall's pitch, Braun said: "You'd have to ask him (Gibson). I wish him the best, hope he finds peace and happiness in his life."
It was the second ejection for the Diamondbacks in two nights. Gibson was tossed in the ninth inning Monday. ... A victory would have lifted Arizona out of last place in the NL West. ... To make room for Bolsinger, the Diamondbacks optioned reliever Will Harris to Triple-A Reno. ... Brewers CF Carlos Gomez sat out his second consecutive game with a sore hamstring. ... In the third game of the four-game series Wednesday night, the Brewers send Matt Garza (4-4, 4.17 ERA) to the mound against Wade Miley (3-6, 4.71).
PHOENIX, AZ - JUNE 17: Starting pitcher Mike Bolsinger #49 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches against the...(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Regular Season Series
|1st||M Montero singled to left, D Gregorius scored, G Parra to third, P Goldschmidt to second.||0||1|
|1st||M Prado grounded into fielder's choice to second, G Parra scored, M Montero out at second, P Goldschmidt to third.||0||2|
|1st||D Peralta grounded into fielder's choice to first, P Goldschmidt scored, M Prado out at second.||0||3|
|2nd||A Ramirez homered to left (425 feet).||1||3|
|5th||M Prado singled to right center, P Goldschmidt scored, M Montero to third.||1||4|
|6th||J Lucroy homered to left center (403 feet).||2||4|
|7th||E Herrera hit sacrifice fly to center, J Segura scored.||3||4|
|7th||J Lucroy homered to center (445 feet), L Overbay, S Gennett and R Braun scored.||7||4|
|9th||R Kieschnick homered to right center (398 feet).||7||5|
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|Stadium||Chase Field, Phoenix, AZ|
|Attendance||18,148 (37.3% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||100 degrees, clear|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Ted Barrett, First Base - Alfonso Marquez, Second Base - Will Little, Third Base - Paul Schrieber|
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