Diamondbacks 7, Brewers 0

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MILWAUKEE (AP)—Claudio Vargas and three relievers combined on a four-hitter as the Arizona Diamondbacks sent the Milwaukee Brewers to their first loss of the season, 7-0 Sunday.

Milwaukee and Detroit, the last unbeaten teams in the major leagues, both were 5-0 before losing Sunday. The Brewers were trying to become the first major league team to open a season 6-0 all with come-from-behind wins, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Damion Easley and Tony Clark homered for the Diamondbacks, who had six hits. Corey Koskie went 3-for-4 for Milwaukee.

Vargas (1-0) pitched six innings, giving up only two singles and a walk, and did not allow a runner past second base. He struck out six in his first win with the Diamondbacks after joining the team as a free agent from Florida.

Vargas battled Brad Halsey for the No. 5 spot in the rotation during spring training and won the job when Halsey was traded to Oakland on March 26. He was obtained off waivers from Washington on July 3 last year, going 9-6 with the Diamondbacks in 21 games.

Greg Aquino, Luis Vizcaino and Jose Valverde finished up.

Chris Capuano (1-1) allowed four runs—three earned—three hits and four walks in 6 1-3 innings. He struck out seven.

Easley’s first homer of the year put Arizona ahead, and the Diamondbacks made it 4-0 in the seventh after second baseman Rickie Weeks dropped a throw from shortstop J.J. Hardy for an error.

Capuano loaded the bases with a walk to Jeff DaVanon, then forced in a run by walking Clark, who was pinch hitting. Craig Counsell followed with a two-run single.

Clark added a two-run homer in the ninth off Jared Fernandez.


For the first time this season, the Brewers wore jerseys from the 1980s with their old ball-and-glove logo. The team will wear the jerseys during Sunday home games. … The error by Weeks in the seventh was his second this season. He had 21 errors in only 96 games last year. … Musician Nils Lofgren will sing the national anthem when the Diamondbacks play their home opener Tuesday night against Colorado.

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