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Wily Peralta stays calm as Crew rallies for win

PHOENIX -- A rough opening wasn't enough to rattle Wily Peralta.

Making his first start since leaving the Milwaukee Brewers for a few days to tend to a family matter in the Dominican Republic, the big right-hander shook off a rocky initial two innings en route to posting a solid seven-inning outing Monday night.

A late offensive surge then left no doubt who would win. Aramis Ramirez doubled in the go-ahead runs with two outs in the eighth, and the Brewers went on to score four more times the rest of the way to bury the Arizona Diamondbacks, 9-3, at Chase Field.

Peralta (7-5) has won three straight decisions while tying Kyle Lohse, Tuesday's starter, for the team lead in victories. In a 103-pitch outing, he allowed nine hits -- all singles -- and three runs (earned) while striking out six.

The Brewers, meanwhile, kicked off their seven-game trip with an uplifting performance a day after a deflating 13-4 loss to the Cincinnati Reds at Miller Park.

Milwaukee scored three runs on six hits in the first three innings only to see their bats go silent until that eighth.

After pinch hitter Rickie Weeks struck out looking and Scooter Gennett popped out to second against reliever Joe Thatcher, Arizona manager Kirk Gibson made the call for Will Harris, who proceeded to issue walks to both Ryan Braun and Jonathan Lucroy.

Ramirez then worked the count to 3-2 against Harris before yanking a double just inside third base that made it all the way into the left-field corner. Braun and Lucroy came around to score to give the Brewers their first lead since the second at 5-3.

Khris Davis then ripped a single to left, just past the outstretched glove of Diamondbacks shortstop Chris Owings, and Ramirez scored to make it 6-3.

Will Smith pitched a scoreless eighth, and then the Brewers scored three more times in the top of the ninth to break the game wide open.

Again, Milwaukee scored all its runs with two outs against J.J. Putz. Elian Herrera scored on a Gennett single, with Gibson being ejected after arguing an upheld challenge of Herrera's preceding steal of third. Gennett and Martin Maldonado then came around to score on a Ryan Braun triple to right-center.

Early on, it appeared the game was going to be a slugfest.

Milwaukee struck first, putting up two runs in the second to take a 2-0 lead against Arizona starter Brandon McCarthy, who entered with a 1-9 record. Ramirez got things started with a single to right, then Davis hit a triple off the wall in right-center to score him.

Mark Reynolds followed with a walk before Jean Segura hit into a hard-luck 3-6-3 double play that nevertheless scored Davis from third.

Arizona battled back to take the lead in the bottom of the frame. The Diamondbacks strung together five singles, including four straight to start.

The third, to center by Roger Kieschnick, scored David Peralta. Herrera -- starting in center with Carlos Gomez out due to a sore hamstring -- then airmailed a throw home that left runners on second and third for McCarthy.

He responded by singling to right, driving in two runs to give himself a 3-2 lead.

Gennett tied the game up quickly in the third, booming a leadoff home run to straightaway center off McCarthy that made it 3-3. Braun and Lucroy both singled next, but Braun was easily doubled off second when Gerardo Parra speared a liner to right by Ramirez.

McCarthy then gloved a hot shot back to the mound by Davis, leaving the Brewers with only one run to show for five hard-hit balls.

Both pitchers settled in at that point, and in a big way.

The Brewers got a one-out single from Ramirez in the sixth, giving them their first base-runner since the third, but Davis hit into a 5-4-3 double play -- Milwaukee's third and the fourth in the game overall -- to allow McCarthy to escape.

He set down 13 of the final 14 Milwaukee hitters he faced before making way for Joe Thatcher to start the eighth. He allowed seven hits, three runs (earned) and a walk while striking out two in 88 pitches.

The Diamondbacks also managed just one base-runner over that same span against Peralta, who retired 10 straight batters heading into the seventh.

He ran into some early trouble in that seventh, surrendering a leadoff single to Kieschnick, who was then bunted up to second by McCarthy. Peralta followed by hitting Parra, who was none too happy about it as he trotted to first with his bat in his hand while glaring at the Brewers' hurler.

Up next, Martin Prado hit a hard shot to first that Reynolds gloved, starting a pretty 3-6-1 double play that was capped by Peralta's foot just beating Prado's to the bag.

Gibson responded by challenging first-base umpire Ted Barrett's call, but it was confirmed in just 57 seconds.

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