Brewers 10, Diamondbacks 6
“It’s shocking,” Ford said. “I didn’t think there was any way we’d score eight runs after that.”
Johnson (1-2) dominated for six innings before getting tagged in the seventh. He dropped to 17-6 lifetime against Milwaukee, his most wins against any team.
“I just kind of labored out there,” Johnson said. “Things just got out of control.”
He struck out 11 in 6 2-3 innings. The five-time Cy Young Award winner gave up six runs on five hits and three walks.
Leading 4-3, Johnson had a 3-2 count on Podsednik with two outs and two on in the seventh. But the Brewers’ leadoff hitter hit Johnson’s 125th and final pitch down the right-field line, driving home two runs to give Milwaukee a 5-4 lead.
“Obviously, he ran out of gas,” Arizona manager Bob Brenly said of Johnson. “I still think he was our best chance.”
The Diamondbacks’ bullpen has given up 39 earned runs in 41 2-3 innings for an 8.42 ERA this season, and it didn’t fare any better succeeding Johnson. Randy Choate and Oscar Villarreal allowed six consecutive batters to reach base as Milwaukee pushed its lead to 10-4.
“I’m extremely pleased and proud,” Brewers manager Ned Yost said after his team evened its record at 8-8 after opening last season 9-20. “That’s a big win for us right there.”
Keith Ginter opened the seventh with a double and capped the inning with a two-run homer, sending the Diamondbacks to their fourth straight loss.
Pinch-hitter Bill Hall had an RBI groundout, setting the stage for Podsednik.
Shea Hillenbrand’s two-run single in the eighth cut Arizona’s deficit to 10-6.
Milwaukee starter Doug Davis gave up only five hits and one run in 6 1-3 innings. He walked two in the seventh, and Bautista homered to extend his hitting streak to an NL-leading 13 games.
Spivey, traded from Arizona to Milwaukee in the offseason, hit a solo homerin the fourth.
Arizona 2B Roberto Alomar will be re-evaluated Friday when the team returns to Phoenix. He broke a bone in his right hand Tuesday night when he was hit by a pitch from Ben Sheets and is expected to miss at least six weeks. … Arizona CF Steve Finley was ejected by plate umpire Mark Wegner after arguing a called strike three in the sixth. … Johnson was the first left-handed starter the Brewers faced this season. Yost sat left-handed batters Lyle Overbay and Ben Grieve. … Johnson’s strikeout of Davis in the fifth inning was the 3,900th of his career. … Thursday’s game marks the last time the teams playuntil Sept. 27-29 in Phoenix.