Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

National League Roundup: Arizona Edges Slumping Milwaukee

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

National League Roundup: Arizona Edges Slumping Milwaukee

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With the bases loaded and Carlos Gomez at bat, the host Brewers thought they finally had a chance to break through in the eighth inning after an otherwise frustrating day at the plate.

Hard-hit ball, but bad result for Milwaukee.

Gomez hit a pitch from Arizona Diamondbacks reliever Brad Ziegler sharply but right at shortstop Cliff Pennington to start an inning- ending double play, and most of his teammates had a tough time against starter Bronson Arroyo in a 3-2 loss Wednesday.

Arroyo (3-2) allowed an unearned run and five hits in 71/3 innings, his third straight outing holding an opponent to no more than two runs.

"He's tough. He keeps you off-balance. The one approach that seems to work is waiting him out, being patient," Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett said. "It's easy with a guy like that that doesn't throw too hard to try to do too much."

Paul Goldschmidt had a two-run homer to back Arroyo. He went seven for 15 in the series as Arizona took two of three from the team that entered Wednesday an NL-best 22-12.

The Brewers are 2-6 after opening with a 20-7 record. With No. 3 batter Ryan Braun out because of a side injury and benched cleanup man Aramis Ramirez slumping (hitting .089 since April 17), the offense has been choppy.


Pirates 4, Giants 3

As the game went on, Gerrit Cole's fastball got faster, and the San Francisco Giants couldn't catch up. Cole won for the first time in nearly a month, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat visiting San Francisco 4-3 Wednesday.

Cole (3-2) beat Tim Lincecum for the second time in his 11-month major-league career, allowing three runs and seven hits in eight innings with seven strikeouts and a walk. Cole, the No. 1 pick in the 2011 amateur draft, had a fastball at 95-96 mph to begin the game and was 97-98 over his final two innings.

"Really solid, solid effort for him," Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said. "Pushing through the eighth inning, the middle of the order, was very impressive. He's capable of a lot of things out there."

Mark Melancon worked a perfect ninth for his second save in three chances. Right fielder Travis Snider sparked the offense by getting two hits, driving in two runs and scoring once. …

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