Yelich, Narváez HR, Brews hand D-backs 16th road loss in row

MILWAUKEE — Christian Yelich and Omar Narváez hit back-to-back homers in the eighth inning and the Milwaukee Brewers beat Arizona 7-5 Saturday, the Diamondbacks’ team-record 16th straight road loss.

Milwaukee has won 13 of its last 16 against Arizona dating to the start of the 2018 season. 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.

Narváez followed with his sixth home run of the season.

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 right away when Rojas led off the game with a home run to straightaway center off Brandon Woodruff. The Brewers ace 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.

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.

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

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.


Diamondbacks: RHP Chris Devenski is out for the season after having ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction surgery on his elbow. Devenski appeared in eight games this season.

Brewers: OF Avisail Garcia got the day off. Taylor started in his place. … LHP 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.


Diamondbacks: Caleb Smith (2-1, 3.32 ERA) will make his third start of the season in the series finale on Sunday. Smith gave up two runs in five innings in his previous start on Tuesday against the Mets.

Brewers: Corbin Burnes (2-4, 2.24) will make his first career start against the Diamondbacks. Burns has 81 strikeouts in 52 1/3 innings.


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