Saturday, October 8, 2011

Brewers beat D-backs 3-2

MILWAUKEE -- Nyjer Morgan did it again for Milwaukee, delivering an RBI single in the 10th inning to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-2 Friday in Game 5 and send the Brewers to the NL championship series.
Morgan hit... a one-out grounder up the middle and Diamondbacks closer J.J. Putz tried in vain to stop it with his leg. Carlos Gomez sailed across home plate as a wild throw home went high, and Morgan was mobbed by teammates near the mound after Milwaukee's first victory in a postseason series since the Brewers won the AL pennant in 1982. Arizona did all it could to extend its surprising season. Center fielder Chris Young made an astounding catch in the sixth and the Diamondbacks had one last comeback left in the ninth.

Justin Upton grounded into a forceout at second and pinch-hitter Henry Blancohit a grounder to shortstop. Yuniesky Betancourt fielded the ball and barely beat Upton to second base to end the inning -- although Betancourt paid for it, getting spiked in the left leg. Axford ended the regular season with 43 straight saves, and saved Game 1 of the series. He had not blown a save chance since April 18 at Philadelphia. Axford got the win despite a rough outing. Putz took the loss.

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