MILWAUKEE — The offseason signing of free agent starter Bronson Arroyo is paying off for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The 15-year veteran has been mentoring young teammates since spring training. And after a rough patch on the mound in April, he’s off to a splendid start himself in May.
Arroyo kept the Brewers at bay with off-speed stuff, allowing an unearned run and five hits in 7⅓ innings Wednesday to lead Arizona past Milwaukee 3-2.
Paul Goldschmidt hit a two-run homer for the second straight game for the Diamondbacks, who have won five of seven after starting the season 8-22.
Arroyo (3-2) has been one of the sparks, going 2-0 with an 0.87 ERA in his last three starts.
“He’s throwing the ball good. He’s been trending in this direction and in total command today,” manager Kirk Gibson said.
Arroyo’s outing was a far cry from a few weeks ago when he didn’t make it out of the fifth and allowed a combined 18 hits and 14 runs in back-to-back outings against the Mets and Cubs.
“You try to do all the little things and field your position,” Arroyo said in recounting talks to younger players. “All those types of things matter. Especially for a guy like me; I’m not overpowering so I have to take everything I can.”
Addison Reed earned his 10th save in 11 chances despite giving up a run in the ninth.
The Brewers are 2-6 in their last eight games after opening with a big-league-best 20-7 record.
Arizona escaped a jam in the eighth after the Brewers put two on with one out. Pinch hitter Rickie Weeks then lined a single off reliever Brad Ziegler that loaded the bases for Carlos Gomez — who grounded into an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play.