MILWAUKEE -- Eric Hinske's 11th-inning, two-run home run gave the Arizona Diamondbacks an 8-7 victory and a sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers Sunday afternoon at Miller Park.
After surviving two long fly outs and striking out Miguel Montero in the 10th, embattled Brewers closer John Axford (0-1) returned to pitch the 11th and opened with a leadoff walk to Cliff Pennington.
Hinske, hitting for pitcher Troy Sipp, crushed a 1-2 curveball, for his first home run of the season.
Milwaukee scored one run in the bottom of the 11th, but Heath Bell struck out pinch hitter Kyle Lohse to end it.
The Brewers forced extra innings with a two-run rally in the ninth, tying the game on Jonathan Lucroy's RBI single.
With neck spasms sidelining Ryan Braun for a third consecutive game, the Brewers' offense sputtered, stranding eight and going 5-for-17 with runners in scoring position Sunday. Milwaukee loaded the bases with nobody out in the sixth and failed to capitalize. The Brewers did so again in the seventh, this time with one out, but only managed one run -- on Norichika Aoki's single. They put two on with one out in the eighth, but again, failed to score.
Arizona finally found a way to get to Brewers right-hander Yovani Gallardo, who had a perfect 6-0 record and 1.02 ERA in seven previous starts against the Diamondbacks.
Gallardo got off to another good start against Arizona, needing just 11 pitches to get through the first. After he loaded the bases in the third, Eric Chavez flew out to center fielder Logan Schafer. Schafer made a perfect throw home to prevent Miguel Montero from scoring, and Gallardo worked out of the inning by getting Cliff Pennington to ground out to shortstop.
The Diamondbacks got to Gallardo in the third, scoring two on Paul Goldschmidt's single but the Brewers responded in the bottom of the inning, on Norichika Aoki's two-run double. Milwaukee went ahead in the fourth on Alex Gonzalez's first home run of the season, making it a 3-2 game.
After retiring seven straight, Gallardo opened the sixth by yielding a single to Montero. Goldschmidt and Jason Kubel followed with back-to-back doubles, tying the game at 3-3. Goldschmidt scored on Pennington's sacrifice fly to put the Diamondbacks ahead, 4-3, before Gallardo worked out of it.
Burke Badenhop worked the seventh for Milwaukee, but allowed a leadoff base hit to Martin Prado before Aaron Hill's home run to left, his second of the season, gave the Diamondbacks a 6-4 lead.
NOTES: Arizona center fielder Gerardo Parra singled in the third and remains tied with Cincinnati's Tood Fraizer for the National League lead with 12 hits this season ... Brewers opponents have scored first in the first six games this season ... The Diamondbacks bullpen has thrown 10 consecutive scoreless innings and kept opponents off the board in 19 of the 23 innings in which its worked ... Jean Segura brought a five-game hitting streak into play Sunday and was hitting .500 (9-for-18) after his career-high three-hit game Saturday. Segura left the game after four innings with a contusion to the left quad ... Aoki had a career-high four hits.