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ARIZONA 10, MILWAUKEE 4
 

MILWAUKEE (Ticker) -- After getting a rare day off, Luis Gonzalez had no problem getting back into the flow.

Gonzalez had three hits and drove in three runs as the Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the Milwaukee Brewers , 10-4, for their eighth win in 10 games.

Gonzalez has appeared in all but five of Arizona's 155 games this season but did not play in Friday's series opener. Coming off his first idle game since August 16, the left fielder delivered an RBI single in the first inning and a keyed a four-run second with a two-run single as Arizona jumped out to a 5-0 lead.

In the last decade, Gonzalez has been very durable. In non-strike seasons, he has never appeared in less than 146 games and since joining Arizona in 1999, he has played in all 162 games twice and never missed more than 14.

One of those off days for Gonzalez came Friday after the Diamondbacks flew in from Los Angeles. With him on the bench, they posted a 3-1 victory. However, Gonzalez, who entered the game with a .350 batting average off righthanders this season, was back in his usual third spot in the order.

"Gonzo plays pretty good every day, no matter if we give him a day off or not," Arizona manager Bob Brenly said. "I think at this point of the season, especially for Gonzo or Fins ( Steve Finley ) or Alex (Cintron), they do need an off day. But after they take them, they usually come back and look a little sharper and a little crisper. I think that was the case for Gonzo today."

Both Finley and Gonzalez did not start Friday, although Finley homered as a pinch hitter. But the veteran outfielders were in the lineup and played key roles in giving the Diamondbacks a five-run lead through two innings.

"It was just a situation where he (Brenly) was trying to get some guys (days) off late in the year," Gonzalez said. "I would have rather played."

Finley led off with an infield single and advanced to second on a throwing error by rookie second baseman Rickie Weeks . After moving to third on Junior Spivey 's flyout, he scored when Gonzalez slapped an 1-0 pitch to right field.

In the second, Danny Bautista led off with a double and Rod Barajas drew a one-out walk. Dessens reached on an error by third baseman Keith Ginter , which loaded the bases. Finley followed with a sacrifice fly, Spivey had an RBI double and Gonzalez cleared the bases with a two-run single.

Arizona's early outburst made a winner out Elmer Dessens (8-8), who allowed two runs and seven hits in five innings for his first road win since April 23. He walked two, struck out three and improved to 7-5 lifetime against Milwaukee.

"It is never easy," Dessens said. "You have a little bit of a margin, so if you make a mistake you have that lead. You have to be real focused on every pitch and on every hitter."

John Patterson relieved Dessens and was ineffective, allowing two runs in two innings. Stephen Randolph got two outs in the eighth but left with the bases loaded. Jose Valverde escaped the jam in the eighth and breezed through the ninth to secure his 10th save in 11 opportunities.

Milwaukee's Wayne Franklin (10-13) received little help from his teammates, who committed three errors. He lasted 4 2/3 innings and surrendered eight runs - three earned - and nine hits.

Gonzalez, who also drew a pair of walks, made it 6-0 when he scored on Shea Hillenbrand 's double. Rookie Matt Kata and Rod Barajas followed with RBI singles.

Milwaukee scored two in the fifth as John Vander Wal had an RBI single and scored on rookie Scott Podsednik 's double.

The Brewers added two more off Patterson in the seventh as Brady Clark had a double-play grounder and Richie Sexson hit his 41st homer.

But after Randolph loaded the bases by issuing back-to-back walks to Bill Hall and Podsednik, Valverde entered and struck out Weeks. The rookie righthander put two on in the ninth but retired Keith Osik to nail down his first save since June 29.

"We were behind early tried to battle back there a time or two, but just couldn't get a really big hit to get us back in the game," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said after watching his team strand 12 runners.


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