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Originally Published: March 26, 2016 10:49 p.m.
PHOENIX — Brandon Drury had three hits, including a home run, and Paul Goldschmidt added his second homer of the spring as the Arizona Diamondbacks and Milwaukee Brewers tied 7-7 on Saturday.
Arizona led 7-3 in the ninth inning before the Brewers rallied for four runs, including a three-run homer by Manny Pina. The game was called after that.
Milwaukee scored five in the ninth to beat the Chicago Cubs 5-4 in Mesa on Friday.
"I don't know what to make of it, but we've done a good job the last two days in the ninth," manager Craig Counsell said. "It's spring training baseball."
Drury is hitting .377 with four home runs. Arizona's other third baseman, Jake Lamb, had an RBI triple in his only at-bat and is batting .381.
"We have a special team here," Drury said. "We have the talent and the right attitude that makes you excited for the season. When the season starts what you do here goes out the window, but we're setting an attitude and a tone we can use."
Arizona came into the game batting .321 and finished with 14 hits. Jean Segura had two hits against his former team, including a leadoff triple. The Diamondbacks are 20-4-3 in Cactus League games (20-4-3).
Patrick Corbin allowed six hits and three runs in 6 2-3 innings for his third win. He struck out seven and walked none.
Jonathan Lucroy hit his second home run for Milwaukee (12-10-3).
The Brewers confirmed that reliever Will Smith tore the lateral collateral ligament in his right knee taking his spikes off on Thursday. He is out indefinitely and a decision on surgery will come in the next few days.
Diamondbacks: Corbin, who entered with a 0.63 ERA, retired his first 11 hitters before allowing the homer to Lucroy. The left-hander struck out three of the first four hitters he faced, and the other one hit a comebacker.
"His first three innings were dominant," Arizona manager Chip Hale said.
Brewers: Matt Garza gave up nine hits, six in the first two innings, but settled down over the final three innings of an 85-pitch effort.
"I thought some good things happened for him," Counsell said. "I thought he had some chances to put away hitters and didn't quite make the pitches, but it was a good day for him."
BREWERS LOSE SMITH
Counsell said Smith, who was going to share closer duties with Jeremy Jeffress, "will miss significant time" and the team will find out how long when he is examined by team physician Dr. William Raasch in the coming days.
The LCL is the ligament on the outside of the knee connecting the femur to the lower leg. The right leg is the plant leg for the left-handed Smith and absorbs the most impact.
"The recovery is a little longer with surgery," said Counsell, who said it is not a season-ending injury. "It's tough for us, it's tough for Will. There is going to be somebody in (the clubhouse) that takes this opportunity and makes a lot of it."
Smith, who was 7-2 with a 2.70 ERA in 76 appearances last season, was having an outstanding spring. He had allowed only two hits in seven innings, striking out five.
After pitching in a minor league game, Smith said he was getting ready to shower and was standing on one leg to take off his other shoe when he lost his balance and twisted his knee.
"I pulled hard (on the shoe) and it stayed on," Smith said. "My knee just went up and popped."
O'BOY, WHAT A SHOT
Peter O'Brien's fifth homer of the spring was a memorable one.
In his only at-bat Saturday, he launched a ninth-inning drive off Milwaukee's David Goforth over the 30-foot tall batter's eye in straightaway center field at Maryvale Baseball Park, more than 400 feet from home plate.
O'Brien, who came to Arizona from the Yankees in a trade for Martin Prado, has 15 RBIs in 54 spring at-bats as he fights for a roster spot. He can play three positions — first base, third base and catcher.
Brewers: Ryan Braun was able to play catch and hit in the batting cage. Counsell is still confident the slugger will be in the lineup on opening day. Braun had seven at-bats in four games before reporting problems with his surgically repaired back.
Diamondbacks: RHP Rubby De La Rosa will face the Colorado Rockies at Salt River Fields on Sunday.
Brewers: RHP Taylor Jungmann pitches against the Cleveland Indians in Goodyear on Sunday.