Since winning career game No. 288 on May 18, Johnson (4-7) has gone seven starts without a win.
He had some good starts in that span -- most notably three games in which he allowed two
runs or fewer -- but for the most part, he has struggled mightily with command. On
Tuesday, he saw his season ERA skyrocket to 5.46. Johnson threw 93 pitches in the effort.
"It's been a month of poor games," Johnson said. "Obviously, I'm very much aware of that.
I'm disappointed. Anything good that seems to come out of the game, it seems there's not
enough of it to build off of, so I'm a little disappointed. That goes without saying. You
just try to regroup and look forward to your next start."
The Big Unit left the game with the D-backs trailing 7-1, but Arizona kept clawing back
off Brewers starter Jeff Suppan (5-6) and the Milwaukee bullpen.
The D-backs staged a rally in the bottom of the eighth, but catcher Miguel Montero was
robbed of an extra-base hit when first baseman Mike Rivera made a diving catch, then
tagged first to double up Chris Young and end the threat.
"The way we came back, some of the balls we hit pretty hard there toward the end of the
game, they just ended up finding some gloves," said D-backs manager Bob Melvin. "That was
a really good comeback effort by us. We came up a little bit short, but not due to a lack
of good at-bats or a lack of good relief pitching."
The Brewers got out to a 6-0 lead in the second inning and added another run off Johnson
in the fourth. The D-backs scored a run in the first and two more each in the fourth and
the fifth. Conor Jackson led the offensive charge, going 3-for-4 with his eighth homer and
Third baseman Bill Hall made a highlight-reel play when he robbed Augie Ojeda of
extra bases in the sixth inning.
"It was at the point where it was like, 'You've got to be kidding me that they're making
these plays,'" said third baseman Mark Reynolds, who went 2-for-4 and was banged up due to several line drives to the hot corner.
Connor Robertson, who was called up to fill the roster spot of Eric Byrnes, made his
D-backs debut, throwing three innings of one-run ball in relief. Leo Rosales and Doug
Slaten followed with 2 1/3 shutout innings.
"We gave ourselves a chance to win all night," Reynolds said. "We couldn't ask for