Hellickson, Owings lead Diamondbacks past Brewers 3-0
PHOENIX (AP) Arizona's pitchers are putting together one strong start after another.
No one wants to be the guy who brings that streak to an end.
''I don't know what the word is for it,'' Arizona's Jeremy Hellickson said, ''but you really don't want to be the guy.''
Hellickson wasn't. The right-hander threw six strong innings and the Diamondbacks beat Milwaukee 3-0 on Sunday to take three of four from the suddenly punchless Brewers, shut out in consecutive games for the first time this season.
''You can't expect guys to throw shutouts every night but (Zack) Godley started it and these guys just keep stepping up,'' Arizona manager Chip Hale said. ''Now we go on the road to the Seattle, a good team, we'll have to keep pitching that way and hopefully getting a few more hits.
Jake Lamb tripled, doubled, drove in a run and scored another for the Diamondbacks, who put a successful finish to an otherwise disappointing 4-6 homestand. Lamb, returning to his Seattle hometown is getting back to the form he had before going down with a foot injury.
''I was a little rusty and I wanted to be hitting .400 like I was at the beginning,'' Lamb said. ''I had a bunch of meetings with Turner Ward our hitting coach and it was just a matter of just having trust. I had a plan but I was never trusting it.''
After scoring 27 runs in the four games before coming to Arizona, the Brewers managed just five in four against the Diamondbacks.
''We're in a little bit of a drought here,'' Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said, ''but I'm confident we'll score runs.''
Arizona won Saturday 2-0 behind right-hander Rubby De La Rosa, the first consecutive shutouts for the Diamondbacks since June 3-4, 2011.
Hellickson (7-6) allowed four hits, struck out six, walked three and hit a batter. Relievers Andrew Chafin and David Hernandez threw a perfect inning apiece before Brad Ziegler completed the shutout for his 17th save, the last 15 in a row.
Matt Garza (5-11) gave up three runs on seven hits in 5 2-3 innings for Milwaukee. He struck out five, walked three and hit a batter. Garza is 1-4 in his last five starts but was coming off a six scoreless-inning effort against Cleveland.
With Arizona nursing a 1-0 lead, Lamb opened the sixth inning with a double down the right field line. Nick Ahmed drew a one-out walk, then Oscar Hernandez struck out. That brought up Owings, who doubled just inside the left field line to clear the bases and make it 3-0.
''Their guy threw the ball well and kept us off-balance, and they came up with big hits when they needed to,'' Garza said. ''Owings in the sixth inning with that slider in the dirt, just tip your cap. The guy hit a good pitch. It was down in the dirt. It is what it is. That's all there is to it.''
The Diamondbacks broke a scoreless tie in the fourth when A.J. Pollock led off with a four-pitch walked and scored when Lamb tripled off the wall in center. Lamb was stranded when Garza retired the next three batters, two by strikeout.
Milwaukee's Gerardo Parra, a leading candidate to be traded before Friday's deadline, singled in the third to extend his hitting streak to 10 games.
Brewers left fielder Khris Davis dropped a routine flyball to prolong the third but Paul Goldschmidt struck out to end the inning. Davis also struck out four times.
Randy Johnson's acceptance speech at the Hall of Fame induction ceremony was shown on the big screen at Chase Field but only a smattering of fans showed up early to watch it there. A portion of Johnson's remarks was shown between the fourth and fifth innings. Johnson's No. 51 is to be retired by the Diamondbacks on Aug. 8. He is the first Diamondback to be inducted in the Hall.
Diamondbacks: C Welington Castillo was out of the lineup after being hit by a pitch Saturday night. He had missed the three previous games with a sore hamstring. ... The Diamondbacks expect to activate C Jarrod Saltalamacchia (left neck strain) on Monday.
Brewers: Milwaukee moves to the second leg of its seven-game trip, opening a three-game series Monday night in San Francisco. Kyle Lohse (5-11, 6.29 ERA) starts for the Brewers, Chris Heston (10-5, 3.18) for the Giants.
Diamondbacks: After a 4-6 homestand, Arizona plays its next 10 on the road, beginning with a three-game interleague series in Seattle. LH Robbie Raye (3-5, 2.72 ERA) is on the mound for the Diamondbacks in Monday night's opener, Mike Montgomery (4-4, 3.25) starts for the Mariners.