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BREWERS 4, DIAMONDBACKS 1 Some reverse psychology Brewers find answers in seventh

BREWERS 4, DIAMONDBACKS 1  Some reverse psychology  Brewers find answers in seventh
Things seemed to be a reversed image of themselves from a game ago.

The two starting pitchers dueled, same as the previous game. The only difference being neither right-hander would have been expected to produce that kind of surgical outing with them being a combined 1-4 before the game.

Also, as either a result or cause of the effective pitching, neither team could do much on offense. The only difference being the Milwaukee Brewers , beneficiaries of Yovani Gallardo's great start and powerful swing that earned him a victory Wednesday, were the team down a run the majority of the game.

That was until the seventh inning, when the Brewers put up a four-spot to squash the Arizona Diamondbacks, 4-1, Thursday night at Miller Park. It was their fourth consecutive victory.

After a day of rest, closer Trevor Hoffman came on to get his second save as a Brewer and the 556th of his career, the most all time.

The Brewers , who went 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position and stranded eight Wednesday against Pittsburgh, finally broke through in the seventh inning, but it briefly looked like poor base running, a theme this season, would bite them.

Bill Hall walked and Jason Kendall singled him to third with nobody out, but Craig Counsell's chopper to first baseman Chad Tracy drew Hall too far off the bag and he was tagged out in a rundown, leaving runners on first and second.

But a wild pitch by Tom Gordon, his second of the inning, moved the runners up and Rickie Weeks singled home Kendall to tie the score, 1-1.

Corey Hart walked to load the bases, and after Ryan Braun struck out, Prince Fielder drew a walk to plate the go-ahead run.

Mike Cameron delivered the knockout blow with his second ground-rule double to left to score two more.

The Brewers , as they did a game ago, had chances to score before that seventh inning. Weeks led off the first inning with a single but was stranded there.

Hall's two-out double off the center-field wall in the second went to waste, as did a one-out single by Weeks in the third and a one-out double by Cameron in the fourth.

Most of the Brewers had difficulty even scuffing the ball on the mid-90s fastball by Arizona starter Max Scherzer, who entered the game 0-2 with an earned run average close to five. They swung late on the heat and if they did get a splinter of the bat on it, it was usually fouled back or succumbed to the round ball-round bat theory that it's difficult to square up most pitches even with decent swings. Still, their first four hits all came against fastballs.

Scherzer ended up pitching six innings, allowing five hits, no runs and striking out seven with one walk.

Jeff Suppan continued his string of solid starts, throwing 6 1/3 innings and allowing one run on six hits. But it was the first of those hits that had the Brewers in a hole until they broke the seal.

On the fifth pitch of the game, Felipe Lopez stroked a slider over the right-field fence. It was the third time in his last six starts - dating to the playoffs last year - that Suppan allowed a home run to the first batter he faced, two in nationally televised games. Philadelphia's Jimmy Rollins tagged him in the postseason and Chicago Cubs leadoff man Alfonso Soriano also did it in a Sunday night game. All three shots have come at Miller Park.

After that, Suppan escaped further damage, even after two runners reached with two outs in the second. He then retired the next 11 batters in order with help from a pickoff of Justin Upton, a double play and a caught stealing.

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