milwaukee — Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero knew he didn’t have time to jump to his feet while attempting to throw out Milwaukee Brewers speedster Carlos Gomez in the bottom of the ninth inning of a tied game Sunday at Miller Park.
Montero threw from his knees and the ball skipped into center field as Gomez stole second. Gomez scurried to third as Diamondbacks center fielder Gerardo Parra retrieved the ball. Parra’s throw sailed into the stands along the third base line, allowing Gomez to score, giving the Brewers a 2-1 victory.
“(The pitch) was down and away, so I didn’t have a chance to get up and throw,” Montero said. “I can throw from my knees. I’m not going to change anything because of one bad throw.”
Gomez ran for Aramis Ramirez, who led off by drawing a five-pitch walk from Patrick Corbin (2-4).
“I knew he was going to go,” Montero said. “He got a good jump, but it was a bad throw.”
Parra said he felt his throw to third base was on line.
“It was a good throw, but it hit Gomez in the helmet, I thought,” Parra said. “It’s a tough way to lose, but that’s baseball.”
Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said the end of the game “just didn’t work out” for his team.
“I had no problem with the whole play,” he said. “There wasn’t a lack of effort. We bounced a throw and couldn’t pick it up, and another one just got away.”
John Axford (2-5) pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn the victory.
Jason Kubel hit a tying homer in the eighth inning on the first pitch from Brewers reliever Francisco Rodriguez. It was the 12th consecutive game in which Arizona hit a home run, extending a season-high streak.