Hunter Renfroe delivered a walk-off single in the 10th inning to give Milwaukee a dramatic, 6-5 comeback victory over the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday, but it wasn’t enough to keep the Brewers’ playoff hopes alive.
The Philadelphia Phillies (87-73) secured the final National League wild-card spot with a 3-0 road victory over the Houston Astros.
Milwaukee (85-75), which had just lost three of four at home vs. the Miami Marlins, needed to win its final three games against Arizona and have Philadelphia drop three straight at Houston to sneak into the postseason.
Geraldo Perdomo opened the top of the 10th for the Diamondbacks against Brad Boxberger (4-3) with a sacrifice bunt, sending automatic runner Cooper Hummel to third. Daulton Varsho followed with an RBI single to right to put Arizona up 5-4.
Milwaukee opened the bottom half against Reyes Moronta (2-2) with Jace Peterson at second. Omar Narvaez walked and Willy Adames tied it with an RBI single to right, sending Narvaez to third. Renfroe then lined a 2-1 pitch to left.
The Brewers, who managed just one run in 6 1/3 innings off Arizona starter Tommy Henry, rallied to tie it 4-4 with three runs in the ninth.
Renfroe opened the ninth against Joe Mantiply with his 29th homer to pull Milwaukee within 4-2. Yelich singled, Kolten Wong drew a one-out walk and both runners advanced on Rowdy Tellez’s groundout. Victor Caratini’s bouncer got by first baseman Christian Walker and both runners scored on the error.
Arizona (73-87) made it 4-1 with two outs in the seventh against reliever Hoby Milner on a two-run homer by Sergio Alcantara, his sixth, after a leadoff double by Walker.
The Diamondbacks went in front 2-1 in the fifth inning when Corbin Carroll opened with a triple to center and Alcantara followed with a sacrifice fly.
Yelich staked Milwaukee to a 1-0 lead, beginning the second with an opposite-field home run to left, his 14th.
Hummel, who entered hitting .169, brought the Diamondbacks even in the third with his third homer, a one-out solo shot to center.
Milwaukee starter Brandon Woodruff allowed two runs on two hits in six innings, striking out seven and walking one. Henry fanned five, walked one and yielded three hits.
–Field Level Media