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MILWAUKEE -- Kyle Lohse had an impressive first day but the Milwaukee bullpen continued to struggle, leading to the Diamondbacks' 3-1 victory over the Brewers Friday night at Miller Park.

Making his debut with the Brewers, Lohse didn't look at all like someone who missed almost all of spring training. The right-hander went six innings, allowing just a run on five hits with five strikeouts and threw 61 of his 87 pitches for strikes.

With Lohse out of the game, Arizona put the first two on against right-hander Burke Badenhop in the seventh. Paul Goldschmidt walked to open the inning and moved to second on Jason Kubel's single. A.J. Pollock moved them into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt, and Milwaukee moved to left-hander Michael Gonzalez to face switch hitter Cliff Pennington, who loaded the bases with a walk.

Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson opted to pinch-hit for starting pitcher Wade Miley, who had held Milwaukee to a run on five hits with eight strikeouts through six innings. Alfredo Marte struck out swinging but a wild pitch to Gerardo Parra let two runs score and Arizona led, 3-1.

Parra would walk, but Martin Prado struck out to end the inning. Tom Gorzelanny worked a perfect eighth and Brandon Kintzler a perfect ninth but the Brewers couldn't chip away against the Diamondbacks' bullpen, which just four baserunners over the final three innings as Arizona its second in a row.

Lohse got off to a quick start, retiring five of the first six Arizona batters on strikeouts. Martin Prado led off the fourth with a double and after Aaron Hill flew out to center and Miguel Montero grounded out, Paul Goldschmidt doubled to center, scoring Prado to give the Diamondbacks a 1-0 lead.

Brewers manager Ron Roenicke had to shuffle his lineup at the last second, because of Ryan Braun's neck spasms. Shortstop Jean Segura, off to a 5-for-11 start in his first full major league season, moved up to the No. 2 spot and second baseman Rickie Weeks dropped down to No. 3, with Aramis Ramirez remaining in the cleanup spot.

The adjusted lineup got off to a slow against Arizona left-hander Wade Miley, who allowed a leadoff infield single to Norichika Aoki and then retired nine in a row until Segura finally put the Brewers on the board, tying the game at 1-1 with his first career home run with one out in the bottom of the fourth.

Weeks kept the inning going with a single and moved to third on what appeared to be a double down the left-field line by Ramirez. Diamondbacks left fielder Kubel's throw was in time and got Ramirez, who left the game after suffering a leg injury on the slide.

NOTES: Diamondbacks 2B Aaron Hill has a nine-game hitting streak against Milwaukee and is 19-for-36 with five doubles, one triple, a home run and four RBI for his career against the Brewers. ... Rookie Khris Davis made his first career start in place of Braun. ... Arizona was trying for just its third 3-1 start in franchise history. ... After Ramirez had to leave the game with a leg injury, Alex Gonzalez moved to third base for his first career appearance at the position.
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