MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Brewers put together one last rally Sunday, and manager Ron Roenicke sent ailing slugger Ryan Braun to the on-deck circle with Rickie Weeks at the plate.
The stage was set for a joyous end to a terrible homestand, but Weeks struck out and Braun was called back to the dugout for a pitcher. It's just been that kind of start for Milwaukee.
John Axford hung a breaking ball in the 11th inning and Eric Hinske crushed it for a long two-run homer, sending the Brewers to an 8-7 loss and a three-game series sweep by the Arizona Diamondbacks.
"It is our sixth game," infielder Alex Gonzalez said. "You can't think about it. Just get ready for tomorrow."
Milwaukee has dropped five in a row since it beat Colorado 5-4 in 10 innings on opening day. Yovani Gallardo was hit hard again, yielding four runs and nine hits in six innings, but remained unbeaten in eight career starts against Arizona.
The Brewers played without Braun, who is out with a neck injury, and shortstop Jean Segura was pulled before the fifth inning due to a bruised left quad. Third baseman Aramis Ramirez went on the disabled list on Saturday with a sprained left knee, and first baseman Corey Hart is expected to miss the first month of the season recovering from right knee surgery.
Segura was injured when Gerardo Parra made a hard slide into his leg to break up a potential double play in the third inning. Segura tried to stay in the game, earning a loud cheer from the Miller Park crowd, but was replaced in the field before Arizona batted in the fifth.
"Just a muscle thing," Segura said. "I don't think it will take too long. Hopefully we will see tomorrow."
With Cliff Pennington aboard following a leadoff double, Hinske drove a 1-2 pitch from Axford (0-1) onto the concourse beyond the wall in center field. Hinske raised his right arm as he rounded second with his eighth pinch-hit homer - and definitely one of his longest shots of his career.
"I didn't look at any video but yeah, I assume it was a curveball up, just a bad pitch," Axford said.