MILWAUKEE (AP) - Hunter Renfroe homered in a ninth-inning comeback and singled home the winning run in the 10th but the Milwaukee Brewers were eliminated from postseason contention on Monday night despite a 6-5 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The Brewers knew at the start of the night they could earn the NL’s final wild-card spot only if they won their last three games while Philadelphia lost three straight. Milwaukee’s chances ended nine minutes after their walk-off when the Phillies (87-73) beat the beat the Houston Astros 3-0 to clinch the National League’s third and final wild card.
Milwaukee (85-75) trailed 4-1 before tying the game in the ninth with help from an Arizona fielding miscue.
Renfroe led off the ninth with a homer off Joe Mantiply, and Christian Yelich followed with a single. After Andrew McCutchen lined to center, Kolten Wong walked.
The runners advanced to third and second when Mantiply retired Rowdy Tellez on a bouncer to first. Victor Caratini then hit a hard grounder that got past first baseman Christian Walker, with both Yelich and Wong coming home on the error.
Renfroe led off the ninth with a homer off Joe Mantiply, and Yelich followed with a single. After Andrew McCutchen lined to center, Kolten Wong walked.
The runners advanced to third and second when Rowdy Tellez bounced out to first. Victor Caratini then hit a hard grounder that got past first baseman Christian Walker, with both Yelich and Wong coming home on the error.
Reyes Moronta replaced Mantiply at that point and retired Jace Peterson on a grounder to second.
Daulton Varsho’s one-out single off Brad Boxberger (4-3) brought home automatic runner Cooper Hummel to help Arizona regain the lead in the top of the 10th.
Milwaukee responded in the bottom half of the inning.
After Omar Narváez drew a leadoff walk from Moronta (2-2), Willy Adames lined a single to right that scored Peterson from second and advanced Narváez to third. Renfroe then lined a single to left to end the game.
Sergio Alcántara had a homer and three RBIs for Arizona, and Cooper Hummel also homered. Yelich went deep for the Brewers.
Arizona wasted an exceptional outing from Tommy Henry, who struck out five and allowed one run and three hits in 6 1/3 innings.
Brewers starter Brandon Woodruff allowed two runs and one walk while striking out seven in six innings. He has given up just seven runs over 39 innings in his last six starts.
Brewers RHP Justin Topa went on the injured list with a bruised left ankle. The Brewers recalled RHP Jake Cousins from Triple-A Nashville.
RHP Zac Gallen (12-3, 2.46 ERA) pitches for Arizona and LHP Eric Lauer (10-7, 3.83) starts for Milwaukee as this series continues Tuesday night.
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