Crew downs 'Zona 8-6

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) -- A rough day against Arizona ended for Milwaukee starter Jeff Suppan when he was hit by a line drive in the fourth inning of the Brewers' 8-6 victory over the Diamondbacks today.

The injury didn't seem serious, and Suppan was smiling afterward about the shot hit by Gerardo Parra.

In all, Suppan gave up six runs and seven hits, including a home run by Chris Burke in the third inning. Suppan, who has an 11.25 ERA after three spring starts, also walked three batters and struck out one in three-plus innings.

Suppan also gave up a three-run double to Jeff Salazar and a two-run double to Augie Ojeda.

The pitcher says he wasn't discouraged because his aim all along was just to concentrate on location of his pitches, and when he fell behind he had to throw more strikes down the middle.

Arizona starter Micah Owings also had trouble finding the strike zone. He allowed two runs and five hits with three walks in 2 2-3 innings. He struck out four.

Milwaukee loaded the bases against Owings with one out in the first inning, but he escaped the jam with two strikeouts.

Milwaukee's Alcides Escobar went 3-for-5 with a double, while Vinny Rottino was 2-for-4 with a triple and two ruins scored. Joe Dillon had a two-run homer.


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