PHOENIX — Daniel Descalso singled home Jarrod Dyson with two outs in the eighth inning, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Milwaukee Brewers 2-1 on Tuesday night to snap a six-game losing streak.
The Diamondbacks opened the game with the worst batting average in the majors (.223) and learned earlier in the day they had lost A.J. Pollock for four-to-eight weeks with a fractured left thumb.
They then managed just three hits against starter Jhoulys Chacin and three relievers, but starter Zack Greinke stifled Milwaukee over six innings and Arizona tied together just enough offense to get by.
Taylor Williams (0-1) walked Jeff Mathis to start the Arizona eighth. Dyson ran for Mathis and took second on pinch-hitter John Ryan Murphy’s sacrifice bunt. Left-hander Boone Logan relieved Williams and got David Peralta to ground out. Chris Owings was walked intentionally to get to the left-handed Descalso, who singled through the defensive shift in right field to put Arizona ahead.
Archie Bradley (1-1) struck out two in a perfect eighth to get the victory. Brad Boxberger tossed a scoreless ninth for his 12th save.
Travis Shaw reached first with one out in the ninth when Murphy, just installed at catcher, dropped a popup in front of the mound. But Domingo Santana flew out to right and Jonathan Villar was called out on strikes to end it.
Each team got a run in the fourth in a game with few scoring threats.
Christian Yelich led off the inning with a double and scored on a one-out double by Shaw.
Descalso walked on a 3-2 pitch to start the Arizona fourth and advanced to third when Paul Goldschmidt singled down the right-field line. Descalso scored when Steven Souza Jr. grounded into a double play.
Both starters were strong but left with no decision.
Chacin was especially impressive, limiting Arizona to a run on two hits in seven innings. He fanned seven and walked two.
Greinke allowed a run on four hits, striking out five and walking one. It was Greinke’s second straight no-decision despite a good outing. He allowed a run on four hits in seven innings against Washington, a game the Diamondbacks lost 2-1 in 11 innings.
Brewers: OF/1B Ryan Braun was out of the lineup for the second game in a row with back tightness.
Diamondbacks: 3B Jake Lamb (shoulder) had the day off from his rehab assignment with Class A Visalia but is to go through a complete pre-game workout and play in the game Wednesday.
- This marks the third straight season Pollock has gone down with a significant injury. He missed virtually all of 2016 after fracturing his elbow in a head-first slide at home in the team’s final preseason game. He missed nearly two months last season with a groin injury.
Pollock was second in the National League with 33 RBIs when he was hurt. He was batting .293 with a team-high 11 home runs.
RH Matt Koch (2-1, 2.43 ERA) starts for Arizona and RH Brandon Woodruff (1-0, 8.03) goes for Milwaukee in an afternoon game that wraps up the three-game series. It wraps up a seven-game Diamondbacks homestand. Arizona has lost the first six.
On Monday night
When A.J. Pollock dived and missed Tyler Saladino’s drive in center field, Arizona was all but assured of its sixth straight loss.
The center fielder sprained his left thumb trying to field pinch-hitter Saladino’s inside-the-park home run in the ninth inning of the Milwaukee Brewers’ 7-2 win over Arizona on Monday night.
Pollock laid out for Saladino’s line drive with two outs and the Brewers ahead 5-2. He missed, rolled over his glove hand and sat in center favoring his left hand while Saladino dashed around the bases and slid headfirst for the 28th inside-the-park homer in club history.
Jonathan Villar homered and scored three runs for Milwaukee. Junior Guerra (3-3) allowed two runs and walked four, and the Brewers’ bullpen finished up with three scoreless innings.
The Brewers went ahead 5-2 in the ninth on Villar’s second home run of the season, then tacked on two more with Saladino’s sprint. After the game, he was showered with confetti in the visiting clubhouse.
Josh Hader lowered his ERA to 1.44 with two scoreless innings.
Christian Yelich singled off reliever Andrew Chafin with one out in the seventh, driving in Manny Pina to break a 2-2 tie. After Jimmie Sherfy walked the bases loaded, Domingo Santana’s fly ball to right made it 4-2.
Diamondbacks starter Patrick Corbin (4-1) was charged with four runs on six hits and struck out eight.
Villar, who wasn’t in the lineup until Ryan Braun was scratched before the game, had three hits.
Orlando Arcia, the No. 8 hitter, delivered a two-out, two-run double off Corbin to give the Brewers a 2-0 lead in the second inning.
The Diamondbacks didn’t get a hit off Guerra until Paul Goldschmidt’s double in the fourth, when Arizona scored twice to tie it at 2. Daniel Descalso scored when Souza doubled down the left-field line to make it 2-1.
Goldschmidt then trotted home on Nick Ahmed’s sacrifice fly.
Goldschmidt nearly had his first home run since April 15, but his two-out fly ball to right landed in Lorenzo Cain’s glove just in front of the fence to end the fifth inning.