MILWAUKEE -- It was a good news-bad news sort of day for the Milwaukee Brewers, who got six strong innings from newly acquired starting pitcher Kyle Lohse, but saw their already-short bench get even shorter in a 3-1 loss to Arizona Friday at Miller Park.
Lohse, who signed as a free agent on March 22, hardly looked like a pitcher that made just one, brief, Cactus League appearance. The right-hander worked six innings and allowed just a run on five hits with five strikeouts.
"He was really good," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "He located his pitches well, and had good life on his ball. ... We needed an outing like that tonight.
But the Brewers bullpen, which had allowed eight runs in the previous 12.2 innings of work, again faltered, leading to a third consecutive loss.
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. Alfredo Marte struck out swinging but with Gerardo Parra up, Gonzalez's 0-1 offering was high, bounced off home plate umpire Chris Conroy's mask and rolled in front of the Milwaukee dugout.
The extra roll allowed Goldschmdit to come home easily and Kubel, who got off to a good start, scored from second base, giving Arizona a 3-1 lead.
"'Goldy' took off and nobody went for it so I just kept going," Kubel said. "It was weird that nobody was going after it. I saw it the whole way but anybody couldn't have scored from second on that."
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 allowed just four baserunners over the final three innings as Arizona won its second in a row.
"It was pretty but it was a winning ballgame for us tonight," Arizona head coach Kirk Gibson said. "We took what was given to us. That was a heads-up play by Jason."
Miley earned his first victory of the season after allowing one run on five hits with a walk and eight strikeouts over six innings.
"I felt good," Miley said. "I wanted to go as deep as I could because we played 16 innings the other day. I got some low calls all night long and got the job done."
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 start 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. Kubel's throw was in time and got Ramirez, who left the game after suffering what the team called a sprained left knee on the slide.
The Brewers were already carrying 13 pitchers on the 25-man roster, leaving Roenicke with just four bench players. With Ramirez and Braun uncertain moving forward, Roenicke faces a dilemma.
"Hopefully it was just tonight. It bothered him a little bit before BP and then stiffened up as he was swinging," Roenicke said when asked about Braun's availability.
Ramirez will undergo an MRI Saturday in Milwaukee.
NOTES: Diamondbacks 2B Aaron Hill singled in the first inning and now has a 10-game hitting streak against Milwaukee. Hill is 20-for-40 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 improved to 3-1 on the season for just the third time 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.