Maldonado homers in 17th, Brewers beat Diamondbacks 7-6
Milwaukee Brewers' Martin Maldonado is showered with bubble gum during a post game interview after their 7-6 victory against the Arizona Diamondbacks in a 17 inning baseball game, Sunday, May 31, 2015, in Milwaukee.
MILWAUKEE (AP) - -
Martin Maldonado homered with one out in the bottom of the 17th inning, and the Milwaukee Brewers outlasted the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-6 Sunday to snap a seven-game losing streak. The catcher hit the first pitch from reliever Vidal Nuno (0-1) over the wall in center field to start a well-earned celebration. Maldonado slid into home as his tired but giddy teammates surrounded the plate.
Making his first relief appearance since 2010, Matt Garza (3-7) threw five scoreless innings. He stranded a runner at second in the 13th, 15th and 17th.
It was the longest game at Miller Park since Milwaukee lost 4-2 to the Chicago Cubs in 17 innings on May 15, 2003.
Maldonado caught all 17 innings and went 4 for 6 with three runs and two RBIs. He doubled in a two-run sixth that helped Milwaukee rally from a 5-1 deficit.
The game could have ended much earlier if either side could have come up with a clutch hit.
Instead, dinner dates were pushed back, and flights for out-of-town visitors were missed.
At 5 hours, 49 minutes, it was the longest game in the 14-year history of Miller Park.
The teams left a combined 32 runners on base, 17 by Arizona.
Ender Inciarte, who entered after Diamondbacks left fielder David Peralta got hurt in the first, stranded eight runners in four at-bats after the eighth.
In each instance, the Brewers walked slugger Paul Goldschmidt - three times intentionally - to get to Inciarte. He popped up weakly to shortstop to end the top of the 15th with a runner at second.
Garza struck out to end the 14th, stranding Elian Herrera at second.
By then, Diamondbacks trainers were handing out energy drinks to players on the bench. Brewers backup catcher Juan Centeno wore a plastic gum container on his head as a makeshift rally cap.
But the bullpens dominated.
Both teams had used all their position players by the 12th. The Brewers turned to starting pitcher Kyle Lohse for his eighth career pinch-hit appearance in the 12th after Maldonado walked with two outs. Lohse bounced into a force play.
Other records set on Sunday:
-Goldschmidt set a Diamondbacks record by reaching base seven times. He was 3 for 4 with four walks.
-The nine pitchers used by the Brewers was a team record for a game before September, when rosters are allowed to expand.
Diamondbacks: Peralta exited after getting hit by a pitch on his right hand while trying to bunt in the first inning. ... LHP Patrick Corbin (Tommy John surgery) was slated to throw a side session.
Brewers: 1B Adam Lind didn't start because of a sore back. He grounded out as a pinch hitter in the eighth. Manager Craig Counsell said Lind will likely sit again Monday in St. Louis with the Cardinals scheduled to start lefty Jaime Garcia.
Diamondbacks: RHP Archie Bradley (2-2) starts Monday against Atlanta, his fourth appearance since returning from a sinus fracture suffered when he was struck in the face by Carlos Gonzalez's line drive on April 28. Bradley is 0-2 since returning, having given up 14 runs in 10 2-3 innings.
Brewers: The team will likely turn back to Mike Fiers (1-5) on regular rest after being forced to use Garza in relief. The Brewers could get a boost for the Cardinals series with the expected return of All-Star catcher Jonathan Lucroy from a broken toe that has sidelined him for more than five weeks.
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