Imperial Valley Press
Brewers hit 3 HRs off Greinke, beat Diamondbacks 4-2
MILWAUKEE — Chase Anderson needed a slight tuneup in the first inning and then kept on motoring.
Anderson got all the run support he needed as Travis Shaw, Domingo Santana and Lorenzo Cain homered off Zack Greinke, and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-2 on Monday night.
Anderson (4-3) threw six strong innings in his return to the rotation. He’d been ill and on the 10-day disabled list, came back and allowed three hits in his first start since May 6.
That top of the first was rough, though. David Peralta led off with a single, and a walk and a hit batter loaded the bases. Another walk forced in a run before Anderson worked out of the jam.
“I just wasn’t commanding the ball like I wanted,” Anderson said, after needing 26 pitches to get out of the inning.
“I think it was good for me to get out there and throw a lot of pitches. It kind of helped me get into the second and third inning and get into a groove and continue to put zeros up on the board,” he said.
Anderson retired 14 of the next 15 batters before Jake Lamb homered in the sixth. He threw 53 of his 80 pitches for strikes before exiting.
“I feel like I could have gone farther, but I think it was probably smart not to go any farther after 10, 11 days off,” he said. “I came out of the game feeling pretty good.”
Arizona has lost five in a row and 11 of 12, scoring just 24 runs in that span.
“I felt like we came out ready to play,” Diamondbacks Torey Lovullo said. “We had the bases loaded and we pushed across one run. A big hit in that situation obviously could mean different things and have a different tempo to the game. It didn’t happen.”
Greinke (3-3) struck out nine, walked none and gave up five hits in six innings, but the home runs did him in.
Shaw hit a two-run homer in the first, Santana sliced an opposite-field solo shot in the fourth and Cain homered leading off the sixth. Greinke hadn’t allowed more than two home runs in a game this season.
“The Shaw one, pretty decent pitch,” Greinke said. “He hit that pitch better than anyone else has over the last couple of years. When I made a mistake, they hit it pretty good.”
Greinke, who got an extra day of rest before this game, slipped to 1-4 at Miller Park after a 15-0 stretch while pitching for the Brewers from May 9, 2011 to June 6, 2012.
Matt Albers pitched a perfect seventh, Jeremy Jeffress handled the eighth and Corey Knebel picked up his second save with a 1-2-3 ninth.