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McGehee's homer lifts Brewers over D-Backs

Jul 6, 2011 - 10:28 PM Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Casey McGehee cracked a pinch-hit three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning to lead the Milwaukee Brewers to a 3-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the finale of a three-game series at Miller Park.

Yovani Gallardo (10-5) was spectacular in seven innings of work to earn the win, giving up one run on four hits for the Brewers, who snapped a three-game skid.

Jon Axford struck out the side in the ninth inning to pick up his 22nd save of the season.

Kelly Johnson accounted for the lone Diamondbacks run with a leadoff home run in the first inning. Miguel Montero added a double for Arizona, which was unable to complete the sweep after taking the first two games of the series.

Mark Kotsay and Jonathan Lucroy stroked back-to-back one-out singles off Joe Paterson (0-2) in the seventh to put runners on first and second. McGehee then blasted a pitch from Sam Demel over the center field wall for his fifth home run of the season and a 3-1 Milwaukee lead.

"He had a great at-bat," Demel said. "I tried to throw a two-seam sinker so he would hit a ground ball but I left it up a little bit. You have to tip your cap, he battled his behind off, sometimes they win."

LaTroy Hawkins pitched a perfect eighth for the Brewers, striking out two in relief of Gallardo.

Earlier, Arizona wasted no time opening the scoring in its first at-bat when Johnson clubbed Gallardo's third pitch into the seats in center for his 15th home run of the season and a 1-0 lead.

"The leadoff home run was tough but I was able to keep us in the game," Gallardo said. "I started off 2-0 and I wanted to get that first strike, but I left it out over the plate."

The Brewers threatened in the second inning, putting runners on first and second with two down, but Diamondbacks starter Josh Collmenter got Craig Counsell to groundout to end the inning.

Collmenter allowed just three hits and a walk while striking out three in six innings.

Game Notes

Milwaukee owns a 30-13 home record in 2011...The Diamondbacks fell to 34-29 when they face a right-handed starter...Johnson's leadoff home run was the ninth of his career...It was McGehee's second pinch-hit home run of the season and the third of his career...Arizona dropped to 35-3 when it leads after the sixth inning...Gallardo threw 123 pitches, his highest total since May 25, 2009 against the St. Louis Cardinals...Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun (calf) missed his fourth consecutive game.