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Jonathan Lucroy makes Arizona pay with grand slam

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Associated Press
June 18, 2014

PHOENIX--Jonathan Lucroy homered twice, including a grand slam in an eventful seventh inning, and the Milwaukee Brewers made it two in a row over Arizona by beating the Diamondbacks 7-5 on Tuesday night.

Lucroy’s slam to center came on Brad Ziegler’s first delivery after Arizona reliever Evan Marshall was ejected for hitting Ryan Braun with a pitch.

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.

Kyle Lohse (8-2), who had hit three batters all season, plunked two in his six innings, apparently leading to retaliation by Marshall.

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.

Arizona’s Roger Kieschnick hit his first career homer, off Francisco Rodriguez to start the ninth. The ball landed in the swimming pool beyond the right-field fence.

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.

It was Lucroy’s third career grand slam and fourth multihomer game.

With the Brewers trailing 4-2, Jean Segura led off the seventh with his second triple of the night, off the wall in center, and scored on Elian Herrera’s sacrifice fly.

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 came in and gave up a pinch-hit single to Lyle Overbay, then a double by Scooter Gennett to put runners on second and third. That brought up Braun. 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 very next pitch, Marshall plunked Braun just above the left hip to load the bases.

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.

Lohse plunked Didi Gregorius leading off the Arizona first, then got Chris Owings just below the back of his head in the sixth.

After Gregorius walked, Parra singled and Goldschmidt drew the first of his three consecutive walks. Montero’s blooper dropped in front of left fielder Khris Davis and brought in the first run. The next two scored on groundouts and it was 3-0.

When Braun came to the plate in the ninth, he glared into the Arizona dugout.



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