It started out like many games so far. The Arizona Diamondbacks grab an early lead and their opponent forges ahead either in that same inning or not too long after and never look back. This time, the outcome was different.
Aaron Hill‘s tie-breaking, two-run home run off Brandon Kintzler in the top of the 8th inning gave the D’backs a 7-5 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers. This, after the Brew Crew led 5-2 after the first inning. Paul Goldschmidt hit the first of three Snakes’ home runs, a two-run shot in the first off Marco Estrada to give his club an early 2-0 lead. Josh Collmenter couldn’t hold the advantage although his fielders didn’t give him much help. With two outs and Arizona up 2-1, Chris Owings‘s throwing error allowed a run to score and for Milwaukee to keep its inning alive. After Jean Segura singled home another run, Gerardo Parra made a bad read on a ball off the bat of Logan Schafer that pushed the Brewer advantage to 5-2. But that was all the scoring Collmenter allowed as he gave up only another four hits and departed with two outs in the sixth inning.
With the score 5-3 in the top of the 6th, Owings smacked his first Big League home run to trim the deficit to 5-4. Evan Marshall, making his Major League debut, relieved Tomahawk in the bottom of the inning with runners on first and second. He proceeded to get the dangerous Carlos Gomez to ground out to end the inning. Marshall then pitched a 1-2-3 bottom of the seventh inning, striking out two and eventually picking up the victory. In the deciding eighth inning, Goldy doubled with one out and then scored on a single by Miguel Montero to even the score. Hill then worked his late game magic putting Arizona ahead for good. Brad Ziegler and Addison Reed worked perfect eighth and ninth innings respectively, with Reed picking up his 9th save.