MILWAUKEE, Wis. (WHBL) - The Milwaukee Brewers blew a 6-to-1 lead for the second straight day and lost to Arizona 8-to-6 on the Fourth of July at Miller Park. Shaun Marcum became only the second Brewers’ pitcher to hit a grand slam, and it put Milwaukee up by five runs in the fourth inning. But the Diamondbacks chipped away at their deficit, scoring in each of the final six frames. It was tied 6-6 in the ninth when Chris Young and Miguel Montero hit RBI singles off John Axford, who took the loss and fell to 2-and-2. He ended 17 straight appearances without giving up an earned run. Kameron Loe gave up four straight hits before Axford came on. Loe, who took the loss on Sunday, was booed when he left – and the boos grew louder in the ninth as Milwaukee lost its sixth game in its last seven. The pitching has literally unraveled, as the Brewers gave up 52 runs in those seven games. Montero and Willy Mo Pena each homered for Arizona, and Juan Miranda doubled twice with a pair of R-B-I’s. Marcum’s grand slam was the first for the Brewers this season, and he joined Fred Talbot of the Brewers’ predecessors – the Seattle Pilots – as the only pitchers in the organization ever to hit four-baggers. Corey Hart also homered for Milwaukee. Sam Demel got the win in relief. He’s 2-and-2. David Hernandez struck out the side in the ninth to get his fourth save. Milwaukee dropped to second place in the National League Central, a game behind Saint Louis and only a half-game ahead of Pittsburgh. The Brewers will host the Diamondbacks again tonight. Left-hander Randy Wolf goes against Arizona southpaw Zach Duke. Coverage on WHBL begins at 6:35.
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