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Diamondbacks tip Brewers, end Milwaukee win streak at 4

PHOENIX -- Facing an Arizona Diamondbacks team with its fair share of sluggers, the Milwaukee Brewers were instead done in Wednesday night by one of the most diminutive players in the major leagues.

Tony Campana, all 5 feet 8 inches and 165 pounds of him, slapped a single to center with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to score Martin Prado and beat the Brewers, 4-3, at Chase Field.

The loss, which snapped a four-game winning streak on the road for Milwaukee, wasted a fine start by Matt Garza.

He rebounded from a shaky opening inning caused by shoddy defense behind him to pitch a strong 72/3 innings -- his longest start since April 2 when he went eight. He allowed seven hits and three runs (two earned) while not issuing a walk and striking out four.

Khris Davis provided all of the Brewers' offense, hitting a three-run home run in the fourth inning to tie the game, 3-3.

After Will Smith finished out the eighth inning for Garza, Milwaukee failed to reach against reliever Brad Ziegler. In the bottom of the ninth, manager Ron Roenicke made the call for Brandon Kintzler, who'd come in unscored upon in his previous six appearances (62/3 innings).

He opened by getting Aaron Hill to ground out to shortstop, but Prado followed with a double to left-center. David Peralta then grounded out to the right side, moving Prado up to third with two outs to bring Campana to the plate.

Hitting just .143 and having gone 0 for 3 on the night, he slapped a single to center on Kintzler's second offering, just squeezing it past a diving Rickie Weeksto give Arizona its fourth walk-off victory of the season.

As has seemed to happen in many of Garza's starts, he fell victim to some weirdness in the opening inning.

Gerardo Parra opened with a triple into the right-field corner that Ryan Braun didn't glove cleanly at first. Chris Owings followed with a single off Mark Reynolds' glove at first base to drive Parra in and give Arizona a 1-0 lead four pitches in.

After Paul Goldschmidt grounded into a fielder's choice, Miguel Montero followed with a routine double-play ground ball to second base. Weeks fielded it but threw the ball away, leaving both runners safe.

Goldschmidt moved up to third on a wild pitch and then scored to make it 2-0 when Hill hit another double-play ball, this time to shortstop, only to see Weeks bounce the relay throw to first.

There was also no sign of any continuing ill will from Tuesday night's game, which featured Braun being hit by a pitch, an ejection of Arizona reliever Evan Marshall and a game-clinching grand slam in the seventh inning by Jonathan Lucroy.

Arizona tacked on another run in the third with Owings this time tripling off the wall in center and Goldschmidt driving him in with a single to center.

The Brewers threatened against Diamondbacks starter Wade Miley just once in the first three innings.

In the second, Aramis Ramirez walked to lead off and Davis singled to put two on with nobody out, but Reynolds grounded into a 4-3 double play and Jean Segura struck out.

With Arizona holding onto its 3-0 lead, Milwaukee finally got onto the scoreboard in the fourth.

Lucroy and Carlos Gomez each singled to put runners on the corners for Davis. The leftfielder followed by muscling a three-run home run to right-center, a shot that landed in the swimming pool on the bounce, to tie it.

The homer was Davis' 12th of the season, a career high that tied him for second on the team with Gomez.

Perhaps re-energized with the score being evened, Garza responded with his second base hit of the season as well as by facing the minimum over the next three innings. He allowed a leadoff single in the sixth to Montero but got Hill to fly out and Prado to ground into a 4-6-3 double play.

Miley, too, rebounded from his shaky fourth to allow only one hit -- Garza's single -- heading into the eighth.

He nearly got through that frame after striking out Weeks and Braun, but both Lucroy and Gomez drew walks and Arizona manager Kirk Gibson made the call for Ziegler.

One of the goats in Tuesday's game after giving up that grand slam to Lucroy, the right-hander needed just four pitches to whiff Ramirez and end the threat. Miley finished with his second-longest start of the season at 72/3 innings, allowing five hits, three runs (earned) and four walks to go along with eight strikeouts over 109 pitches.

Garza, meanwhile, entered the eighth at 92 pitches and needing to face the top of Arizona's lineup. He retired Parra before Owings inside-outed a double down the first-base line to put the go-ahead runner on second for Goldschmidt.

Garza got him to ground out to second with Owings moving up to third. With two outs and the cleanup hitter in Montero coming up, Roenicke headed out to the mound for a short conversation with Garza.

It ended with Garza heading to the dugout and Smith coming in from the bullpen. He struck Montero out swinging on four pitches, sending the game into the ninth with the score still tied at 3-3.

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