PHOENIX — First Milwaukee took three of four in Colorado. Now the Brewers have won two of three in Arizona.
A trip to the usual NL West trouble spots turned out nicely indeed for Milwaukee.
Travis Shaw, Domingo Santana, Christian Yelich and Tyler Saladino homered in the first four innings off Matt Koch, and the Brewers routed the Diamondbacks 8-2 in the series finale on Wednesday.
“We had four homers and I thought we had some near-misses too,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said, “so we swung the bats well. Getting a pitch to hit and a pitch to drive, a bunch of our hitters did a nice job today with that.”
Brandon Woodruff (2-0) held the sputtering Arizona offense to one hit — Daniel Descalso’s two-run homer — in five innings.
“You give up two runs through three hitters, and then he doesn’t give up a hit the rest of the way,” Counsell said. “He did a nice job. Obviously the run support helped.”
Shaw, who has a team-high 10 home runs, also doubled and scored. He is 10-for-27 on the trip with three home runs and seven RBIs.
“This road trip has been a step in the right direction,” he said, “especially coming off that stretch I was on before that.”
The Brewers have won three of four, outscoring their opponents 23-9.
Arizona, in what manager Torey Lovullo called “a clunker” of a game, finished a 1-6 homestand and has lost seven of eight heading into a nine-game trip. The game drew 16,762, the smallest home crowd for the Diamondbacks this season.
“I don’t think it matters right now if we’re at home or on the road. We’re struggling,” Descalso said. “We need to get better.”
Koch (2-2) allowed eight runs and nine hits in 43 innings, his poorest outing since moving into the rotation after Taijuan Walker underwent Tommy John surgery. Koch had faced Clayton Kershaw, Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer in his previous three starts; Arizona won two of those games.
“I don’t think anything was really working for him today,” Lovullo said.
Woodruff, in the rotation because of the rash of injuries to Brewers starters and coming off a rough start at Colorado, struck out six and walked four.
Shaw and Santana hit two-out drives in the first as Milwaukee took a 3-0 lead, but Descalso homered in the bottom half.
Yelich had a two-run homer in the second, and Santana’s leadoff shot in the fourth put the Brewers ahead 6-2.
Jesus Aguilar singled and Shaw doubled to chase Koch. Santana had an RBI groundout against T.J. McFarland, and Jonathan Villar hit a run-scoring double.
Arizona, meanwhile, has scored three or fewer runs in 11 of its last 14 games, including two runs in each of the games against the Brewers. That was enough on Tuesday night, when Descalso singled home Jarrod Dyson with two outs in the eighth inning for a 2-1 win.
Ryan Braun missed his third straight game with back tightness. ... Milwaukee finishes a 10-game trip with a three-game series at Minnesota. LHP Brent Suter (2-3, 5.14 ERA) starts for the Brewers and RHP Kyle Gibson (1-1, 3.43) goes for the Twins in Friday night’s series opener.