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Christian Yelich, Omar Narváez homer late to send Brewers past Diamondbacks
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Christian Yelich, Omar Narváez homer late to send Brewers past Diamondbacks

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MILWAUKEE — Christian Yelich regained his composure, then delivered one of his biggest hits of the season on Saturday.

Yelich and Omar Narváez hit back-to-back homers in the eighth inning and the Milwaukee Brewers beat Arizona 7-5 at American Family Field, handing the Diamondbacks their team-record 16th straight road loss.

Milwaukee has won 13 of its last 16 against Arizona dating to the start of the 2018 season, including the first three games of the current series. The Brewers are 11-3 against NL West opponents this season.

Yelich, slowed by injuries this year, led off the eighth with his third home run, tagging Joakim Soria (0-2) for a 6-5 lead. The former NL MVP connected after he stepped out of the batter’s box and walked toward the dugout after disagreeing with a second strike on an appeal to third base umpire Joe West.

Yelich had little to say about the call afterward.

“It’s part of the game,” he said.

Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell credited Yelich for regaining his focus when he got back in the box.

“He laid off the next pitch and the got something he could handle,” Counsell said. “You have to put it behind you and stay in the present as much as you can.”

Narváez followed with his sixth home run of the season.

The Brewers have hit multiple home runs in four consecutive games for the first time since June 2019.

Devin Williams (2-0) pitched a scoreless eighth and Josh Hader retired the side in order in the ninth for his 14th save in as many chances.

Josh Rojas hit two home runs for Arizona.

After failing to get a hit until the eighth inning on Friday night, the Diamondbacks jumped on top when Rojas led off the game with a home run to straightaway center off Brandon Woodruff. He hadn’t given up a run in either of his previous two starts covering a total of 14 innings.

In the fourth, Pavin Smith led off with a single and scored on Josh Reddick’s double to give Arizona a 2-0 lead.

“We got out to a lead and everything felt right,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said.

A day after chastising his team in the dugout for poor play, Lovullo praised his group’s effort on Saturday.

“These guys were very focused and engaged, that’s what makes it hurt,” he said.

The Brewers loaded the bases with no outs in the fourth against Diamondbacks starter Merrill Kelly before Willy Adames struck out and shortstop Nick Ahmed made a diving catch of Travis Shaw’s liner.

Daniel Vogelbach scored the Brewers’ first run on a passed ball and Tyrone Taylor followed with a two-run, bloop single to put Milwaukee in front 3-2.

Adames hit a two-run homer in the sixth as Milwaukee extended its lead to 5-2.

The Diamondbacks tied it in the seventh on a solo home run by Rojas and a two-run blast by Eduardo Escobar, his 14th of the season, off Brent Suter.

“I felt really good about the game today,” Rojas said. “We’re not playing bad every game.”

Woodruff gave up two runs and six hits while walking one and striking out nine. Woodruff threw 99 pitches as temperatures climbed into the low 90s.

“I wish every outing could be a quality start. That’s the goal, to pitch real deep,” Woodruff said. “But today, that’s a tough lineup. They stacked six lefties right off the bat. I didn’t really feel like I had my good stuff today but I was able to battle.”

Kelly retired the first eight Milwaukee batters until surrendering a single to Woodruff, who had been 0-for-20 with 14 strikeouts on the season. Kelly gave up four earned runs and six hits in six innings.

From the infirmary

Brewers left-hander Angel Perdomo, who is on the injured list with lower back tightness, is expected to begin playing catch on Sunday or Monday. Perdomo last appeared in a game on May 24.

Up next

Diamondbacks left-hander Caleb Smith (2-1, 3.32 ERA) is scheduled to start today’s series finale against Brewers right-hander Corbin Burnes (2-4, 2.24), who has 81 strikeouts in 52⅓ innings.

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