Rivera has 3 hits, bullpen shines, D-backs beat Brewers 2-1

Sep 2, 2022, 9:38 AM | Updated: 10:44 pm

Milwaukee Brewers catcher Omar Narvaez, left, interferes with the swing by Arizona Diamondbacks' St...

Milwaukee Brewers catcher Omar Narvaez, left, interferes with the swing by Arizona Diamondbacks' Stone Garrett during the seventh inning of a baseball game Friday, Sept. 2, 2022, in Phoenix. The Diamondbacks won 2-1. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks made an under-the-radar move at the trade deadline one month ago, acquiring third baseman Emmanuel Rivera in a trade with the Royals for pitcher Luke Weaver.

So far, the deal looks like a steal for the D-backs.

Rivera had three hits, Jake McCarthy added the go-ahead RBI single and the Diamondbacks edged the Milwaukee Brewers 2-1 on Friday night.

“He’s come in and slugged right away,” D-backs third baseman Josh Rojas said of Rivera. “That was a great addition to this team. That was something we needed — we needed another power bat in the lineup.”

Milwaukee — which has dropped three of four games — fell to 7 1/2 games behind the division-leading St. Louis Cardinals in the NL Central.

The D-backs have won seven of their past eight games. They’ve done their damage against the White Sox, Phillies and Brewers, which are all teams fighting for a playoff spot.

“It’s been a challenging test and I think we’re passing, we’re doing a good job,” D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. “We’re a good baseball team when we do things like we know how to do them.”

Rivera had an RBI double in the fifth and added two singles. The 26-year-old struggled to find a consistent role with the Royals but immediately became a key cog in the middle of the D-backs’ order since the trade.

In 21 games since joining Arizona, he’s batting .293 with five homers and 13 RBIs.

The Brewers took a 1-0 lead in the fifth when Andrew McCutchen walked with the bases loaded, forcing home Willy Adames. It was the third straight walk from D-backs reliever Kyle Nelson.

But the D-backs recovered quickly in the bottom of the fifth, tying the game on back-to-back doubles by Christian Walker and Rivera. McCarthy brought Rivera home with a single to give Arizona a 2-1 advantage.

The Brewers left 11 runners on base.

“Today was a strange game,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “We got a bunch of base hits, bunch of singles, but didn’t really have a ton of guys in scoring position.”

Arizona’s bullpen threw 4 1/3 scoreless innings. Ian Kennedy worked the ninth for his 10th save in 14 opportunities.

D-backs right-hander Zach Davies was effective, but needed 91 pitches to navigate 4 2/3 innings. He gave up one earned run on six hits and a walk while striking out five.

Brewers left-handed starter Eric Lauer (10-6) gave up two runs on six hits over 6 2/3 innings, striking out five. Kyle Nelson (2-0) got the win for the D-backs.

It was the first time Davies and Lauer met on the mound since they were traded for each other in a Brewers-Padres swap in 2019.


D-backs RHP Zac Gallen was named the National League Pitcher of the Month for August after finishing with a 5-0 record and 0.68 ERA.

The 27-year-old is in the midst of a 34 1/3 scoreless innings streak dating to Aug. 8. It’s the second-longest scoreless streak in franchise history behind Brandon Webb’s streak of 42 innings in 2007.

The D-backs have claimed back-to-back pitcher of the month honors. Right-hander Merrill Kelly won the award in July. Gallen makes his first start of September on Sunday.


Brewers: OF Christian Yelich was out of the lineup after leaving Thursday’s game because of a neck discomfort.


The teams play again on Saturday. The D-backs will start LHP Madison Bumgarner (6-13, 4.87 ERA) while the Brewers counter with RHP Corbin Burnes (9-6, 2.84).


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