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LHP Tyler Skaggs followed the best start of his short major league career with one of his shortest, giving up eight hits and three runs in 4 1/3 innings of a no-decision against the Dodgers on Wednesday. Skaggs did dance out of danger, however, to keep it from getting worse. He left runners on the corners in the second and fourth innings, and he held the Dodgers to one run after they loaded the bases in the fourth.
LHP Wade Miley will enter his Thursday start against Milwaukee on a roll. He has given up only one earned run in 13 2/3 innings in his last two starts and is coming off one of his best starts of the season, an 11-1 victory over Colorado on Saturday in which he limited the Rockies to five hits and one run in eight innings. He won in Milwaukee earlier this year and is 2-1 with a 6.89 ERA against the Brewers in three career starts.
RHP Heath Bell could not hold a 5-4 lead after getting the first two outs of the ninth inning in Arizona's 6-5, 14-inning loss to the Dodgers on Wednesday, his fifth blown save of the season and the D-backs' major-league-high 19th. Bell walked 1B Adrian Gonzalez before singles by SS Hanley Ramirez and C A.J. Ellis tied the game. Manager Kirk Gibson called the walk inexcusable. Bell added, "I've faced Adrian a lot. He knows me. I know him. A pitch got away from me, and I ended up walking him. I thought I could get Hanley out, but it didn't happen that way. I feel really bad because I let everybody down. We definitely should have won that game."
3B Eric Chavez missed his second consecutive game Wednesday due to hip stiffness. Chavez felt the injury Monday, manager Kirk Gibson said, and was a late scratch Tuesday. He likely would not have started against Dodgers LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu under normal circumstances, but he was the only position player who was not used even though Wednesday's game went 14 innings.