A five run rally in the seventh inning, spiced by Johnathan Lucroy's grand slam home run, carried the Milwaukee Brewers past the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-5 on Tuesday night. It was Lucroy's second homer of the night and how the stage was set bordered on the bizzarre. Kyle Lohse started and gave up three runs in the first inning. Aramis Ramirez put Milwaukee on the board with a solo blast in the second. After the Diamondbacks tacked on an unearned run to lead 4-2, the Brewers mounted the comeback putting runners on second and third with one out in the top of the 7th against reliever Evan Marshall. Ryan Braun came to the plate and watched the first pitch sail behind his back. Marshall was given a warning by the homeplate umpire. When the second pitch hit Braun in the back, Marshall was ejected and the bases were full. Brad Ziegler came on and the first pitch he threw to Lucroy was driven over the left center field wall to make it a 7-4 came. Francisco Rodriguez gave up a solo shot to Roger Kieschnick in the 9th but still recorded his 22nd save. Lohse earned his 8th win allowing four runs (three earned) in six innings of work. Milwaukee (43-29) is a season high 14 games over .500 and still hold a three and a half game lead over St. Louis. Matt Garza will face Wade Miley in game three of the four game set Wednesday night. Pre-Game coverage begins at 8:05 PM on WTAQ.
The Brewers sat Carlos Gomez for the second straight game because of a tight hamstring. He could be back in the lineup Wednesday night.
Milwaukee traded minor league pithcer Brad Miller to the Oakland A;s for cash considerations that turned out be exactly one dollar. Because Miller was not on the major league roster as of June 15, the Brewers could opt out of his contract and get the lowest possible waiver price. Miller was 5-2 with a 1.56 ERA at Triple A Nashville, but team officials believe Mike Fiers and Jimmy Nelson, also in Nashville, have brighter futures.