PHOENIX -- Maybe all the Diamondbacks needed was a trip home. After going 2-7 on their recent road trip, the D-backs returned to the friendly confines of Chase Field and beat the Milwaukee Brewers, 6-3, in front of 23,040 fans on Monday. The D-backs (42-41) avoided becoming -- at least for the time being -- the only first-place team in the Majors with a losing record.
"It's just one game," said third baseman Mark Reynolds, who led the D-backs' offensive attack, going 3-for-3 with a homer and two doubles. "We've got to come out and put together a winning streak. We've got to keep our bats hot. We had them swinging tonight. We swung at good pitches and scored some runs. ... It's just one win. We've got to keep it going. "There are 70-something games left. We're still in first place, believe it or not. We're just out there struggling, fighting every night, trying to scrap something together." With the win, the D-backs moved to 3 1/2 games ahead of the second-place Dodgers, who lost in Houston. Perhaps the bigger news of the day was that outfielder Eric Byrnes is going to make another trip to the disabled list, after he strained his left hamstring trying to steal third base in the second inning. Reserve outfielder Jeff Salazar replaced Byrnes in left field. Catcher Chris Snyder also left the game and is listed as day-to-day after a foul ball off the bat of the Brewers' Corey Hart hit him in the groin area. D-backs manager Bob Melvin called the injury a contusion. Backup catcher Miguel Montero came in for Snyder in the bottom of the fourth. Former Brewer Doug Davis (3-3) picked up his first win since May 23. He went 5 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on five hits. Davis finally won an outing after allowing just 16 earned runs in his previous six starts. A run was charged to him in the sixth after he loaded the bases on a hit batsman and two walks, and reliever Chad Qualls walked in a run. "I didn't think it was one of my best games," Davis said. "At the end there, I kind of lost a little bit of control. "It just shows you how funny this game is. You can go out there and throw seven shutout and not get the win, then go out there and not even get a quality start in and get a win." D-backs closer Brandon Lyon, who blew a save on Sunday in Florida, pitched a perfect ninth to record his 17th save. Qualls also recorded his first hold since May 15, a span of 16 outings. Dave Bush (4-8) was tagged with the loss after he allowed five runs -- four earned -- in five innings. The D-backs came back quickly from a 2-0 first-inning deficit. Second baseman Augie Ojeda led off the bottom of the first with a triple. Stephen Drew followed with a double, and scored two batters later on a double by Reynolds. "The way we've been playing, now all of a sudden we're down 2-0 in the first inning, and sometimes that can deflate you a little bit, but we came back right away in the first inning, scored a couple runs and added on a little more after that," Melvin said. With the score tied 2-2 in the fifth inning, Ojeda led off with a single and Drew hit a bloop double down the left-field line with one out. Conor Jackson followed with a bloop single to right field, scoring both Ojeda and Drew as the throw from Hart got past catcher Jason Kendall. Reynolds hit a 394-foot home run to left field on a changeup off Carlos Villanueva in the seventh inning -- his 17th of the year -- to pad the D-backs' lead. Ojeda and Drew also had multihit games for Arizona. The club had 11 hits, including seven for extra bases. "We haven't been playing real well on the road," Reynolds said. "To get back here and get a win in the first game of the series -- the first game of the homestand -- is pretty big for us. We've got to try and carry the momentum. "Being down early, we weren't panicking or anything. We had plenty of time left. ... It was an all-around team effort."
Mike Ritter is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.