Manager Ron Roenicke held a little get together with his team before the Brewers opened up a nine game homestand with the Arizona Diamondbacks at Miller Park Monday night. The message was simple. The offense needs to pick up the pitching staff which, for the most part, has been oustanding in the team's 21-11 start. After a particularly quiet weekend in Cincinnati, the message was received as the Brewers slugged their way past Arizona 8-3. Carlos Gomez took the first pitch of the game deep for a home run but that only tied the score at 1. Starter Matt Garza found himself in a lot of trouble in the early going, giving up three runs in three innings but after escaping a bases loaded jam in the third, he settled down to give the team another quality start, working six innings, allowing three runs for his second victory of the year. The bats came alive and took it from there. Martin Maldanado launched his first homer of the year, a two run shot in the second inning off Mike Bolsinger. In the 6th, the Brewers plated four runs. Gomez delivering a two run single and Jean Segura whacked a two run shot. Will Smith, Rob Wooten and Zach Duke pitched three scorless frames in relief and Milwaukee snapped a two game slide. The Brewers (22-11), maintain a five game lead over St. Louis in the NL Central and they'll send Marco Estrada to the mound in game two of the series Tuesday night. Pre-game coverage begins at 6:35 PM on WTAQ.
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