Milwaukee now owns the bookends on each side of the streak the Diamondbacks used to get into first place in the NL West.
Arizona will take the field in defense of Brandon Webb’s 42-inning scoreless streak tonight.
Milwaukee broke a tie on Gabe Gross’ grand slam in the seventh inning in a 7-4 victory Tuesday, taking the second game of a three-game series before 27,784 at Chase Field. That denied the D-Backs a chance at their 10th consecutive series victory, which would have been a franchise record.
The Brewers were the last team to win a series against the D-Backs, taking three of four in Milwaukee on July 16-19.
“The important thing is to come back tomorrow,” said Arizona outfielder Eric Byrnes, who had three hits, scored twice and stole his 35th base.
“The Brewers are a good team. They have had our number this year. We have ‘Webby’ going tomorrow, so we feel pretty good about that one.”
The D-Backs (71-56) have won 21 of their last 29 games and stayed 3 1/2 games ahead of San Diego in the NL West after the Padres lost to the Mets, and Byrnes feels this is a stretch in which the D-Backs can make a statement in the division.
“We have a little bit of distance between ourselves and the rest of the division, so I think we need to take advantage of this opportunity right now,” Byrnes said.
“There is no need to all of a sudden find ourselves back tied with everybody. I don’t look for that to happen. We have a lead. In order to stay here, we have to continue to play well.”
David Bush gave up only two singles in five innings before the D-Backs tied the game at 2 in the sixth inning.
Chris Young hit his 25th home run to lead off the sixth before Byrnes doubled, Conor Jackson singled and Stephen Drew doubled to drive in the second run.
After hitting Mark Reynolds to load the bases, Bush struck out Justin Upton on a called third strike and got Miguel Montero on a fly to center.
“Some days you can discredit our hitting. Other days you give credit to the pitcher, and this was one of those days. He had a ton of movement,” Byrnes said.
Milwaukee got five runs in the seventh off Livan Hernandez and Tony Pena.
Hernandez gave up two doubles and a single and was replaced by Pena, who got an out before issuing a walk and giving up Gross’ grand slam.
Hernandez said he might have strained a muscle on the upper left side of his chest in the first inning after a 2-2 pitch to Prince Fielder. He remained in the game.
Melvin, pitching coach Bryan Price and trainer Ken Crenshaw went to the mound in the first, and Hernandez said he received some treatment in the tunnel after the inning.
“It’s better. We’ll see tomorrow,” said Hernandez (9-8), who lost for the first time in August.