Brewers hit 4 HRs, win 8-2 against skidding D-backs

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PHOENIX, AZ - MAY 16: Tyler Saladino #13 of the Milwaukee Brewers celebrates with teammate Jett Bandy #47 after hitting a solo home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the fourth inning at Chase Field on May 16, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

PHOENIX — Travis Shaw, Domingo Santana, Christian Yelich and Tyler Saladino homered in the first four innings off Matt Koch, and the Milwaukee Brewers routed the Diamondbacks 8-2 on Wednesday to take two of three in Arizona.

Brandon Woodruff (2-0) held the sputtering Arizona offense to one hit in five innings, Daniel Descalso’s two-run homer.

Shaw, who has a team-high 10 home runs, also doubled and scored. The Brewers have won three of four, outscoring their opponents 23-9.

Arizona 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.

Koch (2-2) allowed eight runs and nine hits in 4 1/3 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.

Woodruff, in the rotation because of the rash of injuries to Brewers starters, 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 hit 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.

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