MILWAUKEE (AP) -The
couldn't catch up with
's 96-mph fastball. As it turns out, they didn't have to.
After flailing mostly at air through six shutout innings by the hard-throwing Arizona starter, the Brewers scored four runs
off the Diamondbacks' bullpen in the seventh inning and held on to win 4-1 on Thursday.
In a significant test of Milwaukee's more patient approach at the plate this season, the Brewers couldn't score off Scherzer.
But they did make him work hard enough to leave the game after the sixth.
''That's the philosophy behind working the pitcher - you want to get into their bullpen,'' Brewers manager
It was another momentum-building victory for the Brewers, who got their longest - and best - outing of the season from starter
. Coming off a three-game sweep of Pittsburgh, Milwaukee has won eight of its last nine games after a rough start to the season.
''Just gritty,'' said
, who had a two-run double in the seventh. ''That was a sign of a really good baseball team, and hopefully we can continue
to come up (big) in those situations.''
New Brewers closer
pitched the ninth for his second save.
It was a hard-luck outing for Scherzer, who struck out seven in a dominant outing but again was denied his first career victory.
Scherzer left the game with a 1-0 lead, but the Diamondbacks' bullpen couldn't hold on.
to lead off the inning, then allowed a soft single to
chopped a grounder to first baseman
, who ran all the way across the infield to tag Hall, who was frozen between third and home.
The runners advanced to second and third on a wild pitch by Gordon, and
tied the game with an RBI single to left. Gordon then walked
to load the bases for
''I was wild, and it cost us,'' Gordon said.
and Scherzer both backed Gordon.
''We still have confidence in him in that situation,'' Melvin said.
Melvin brought in reliever
, who struck out Braun, then brought in left-hander
. Schoeneweis walked Fielder to bring in a run and give the Brewers the lead - a major rebound for Fielder, who managed to
put aside the three strikeouts he had against Scherzer.
''My first couple years, I couldn't do that,'' Fielder said. ''But as I get older, it's kind of getting better and better.''
Cameron then smacked a ground-rule double to left field to score two more and put Milwaukee up 4-1.
(2-0) got a pair of outs in the seventh to earn the victory.
Scherzer made his debut to rave reviews last April. But a combination of injuries, early exits and sporadic run support kept
him from earning his first win. And Thursday was no different.
''I'm disappointed the team didn't win - not that I didn't win,'' Scherzer said.
Scherzer repeatedly threw fastballs between 94 and 96 mph for strikes.
''I'll tell you what - wow,'' Suppan said.
Suppan wasn't nearly as flashy but was almost as effective. He gave up a leadoff home run to
in 6 1-3 innings. Suppan gave up only five more hits and no walks, exiting to applause with one out in the seventh.
Suppan acknowledged that his command is improving, but said he didn't think he's pitching much differently than he was early
in the season.
''Other than the results,'' Suppan said.
Notes: After placing backup C
on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained left ankle Wednesday, the Brewers purchased the contract of C Carlos Coporan from
Triple-A Nashville. ... Brewers manager
said regular catcher Kendall is likely to catch the next 15 games. ... It was the beginning of an eight-game road trip for
the Diamondbacks, who played 18 of their first 21 games at home.