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Brewers' Gallardo maintains dominance of D-backs

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PHOENIX -- His mastery over the Arizona Diamondbacks may be a mystery, but that is OK with Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Yovani Gallardo. His numbers speak volumes.

"Sometimes you look at it as how this game is," Gallardo said after leading the Brewers to a 4-1 win over the Diamondbacks on Thursday. "There are certain things like that. I wish I could explain, but I can't. Keeping the ball down and locating, that's what helps."

Gallardo (6-4) gave up one run on five hits in seven innings to improve to 8-0 in his career against the Diamondbacks, including a victory in Game 1 of the 2011 NL Division Series. He struck out four and did not walk a batter Thursday, moving to 5-0 in six starts at Chase Field.

Third baseman Aramis Ramirez and first baseman Lyle Oberbay had two hits and an RBI apiece for the Brewers (44-30), who won three of four games in the series.

"I think 'Yo,' it's not necessarily the (opponent), it's about when he is on with his command," Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said. "When he is on, he's a guy you look at his winning percentage and he must be doing that against a lot of people."

Gallardo, 28, is 86-57 in his career, including 13-3 against the Houston Astros and 12-4 against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

"He can spot the ball wherever he wants to," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. "Today he just kind of dominated us."

Ramirez doubled and scored in a two-run fifth inning and singled home a run in the sixth off Arizona right-hander Chase Anderson (5-2), who gave up five hits and three runs (two earned) in six innings.

Center fielder Carlos Gomez extended his hitting streak to a career-high 15 games with a run-scoring single in the eighth inning for Milwaukee, which has won six of its last nine and leads the majors with 24 road victories.

Francisco Rodriguez pitched the ninth for his NL-high 23rd save.

Arizona left fielder Cody Ross had two hits, his first multi-hit game since May 18, and center fielder David Peralta added two hits. Ross' double in the seventh inning was Arizona's only extra-base hit.

The Diamondbacks (31-45) lost for the seventh time in nine games.

Anderson has given up two earned runs or fewer in each of his past five starts, although he lost the last two.

"It's frustrating because I go out there and try not to give up runs, and Gallardo is good, so when you see you're opposing him, you have to go out there and try to keep it at the minimum," Anderson said.

Anderson, who made his major league debut May 11, has thrown 39 2/3 innings with the D-backs and 78 2/3 innings overall counting his time at Double-A Mobile.

Anderson, 26, threw 88 innings last season, when he missed seven weeks with injuries and also split time between the rotation and the bullpen.

"We'll have to take care of him, kind of watch his innings as we go along," Gibson said. "It's something we'll have to discuss."

Ramirez broke up Anderson's no-hitter when he led off the fifth inning with a double into the right field corner. Ramirez has hit safely in eight of his past nine games.

Overbay hit a routine single to center field that he turned into a double when no one covered second base, driving in Ramirez to make it 1-0. Right fielder Elian Herrera's looping single to center drove in Overbay for a 2-0 lead.

Peralta and Ross singled to open the fifth inning, putting runners on the corners, and Peralta scored when third baseman Didi Gregorius hit into a fielder's choice at second to make it 2-1.

In the sixth, Milwaukee shortstop Jean Segura beat out a chopper off the plate for a single and took second when Anderson threw past first base. Ramirez's two-out single made it 3-1.

"We made two mistakes in the field, (and) they got runs on both of those," Gibson said. "That kind of changed the game a bit."

NOTES: Milwaukee C Jonathan Lucroy received a day off when the Brewers played a day game after a night game. Lucroy went 5-for-11 with two home runs, five RBIs and four runs as the Brewers won two of the first three games of the series. Lucroy is second in the NL with a .341 batting average, and he leads the majors with 28 multi-hit games. ... Arizona OF Tony Campana was optioned to Triple-A Reno, and the Diamondbacks purchased the contract of RHP Matt Stites. Campana had his first career walk-off hit Wednesday, a ninth-inning single to beat Milwaukee 4-3. ... Stites pitched a scoreless two-thirds of an inning Thursday in his major league debut. He was 0-1 with 15 saves and a 2.89 ERA in 29 relief appearances at Double-A Mobile and Reno. ... Arizona RHP Daniel Hudson (elbow) was placed on the 60-day disabled list to make room for Stites on the 40-man roster. ... Arizona's Didi Gregorius made his first career at third base and caught a hard line drive toward the line on the first play of the game.
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