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PHOENIX -- The Milwaukee Brewers strung together quality at-bats, got solid pitching and held onto a lead for once. Not a bad way to close out what had been a frustrating series -- or head into the All-Star break. Wily Peralta pitched seven effective innings, Logan Schafer homered and drove in two runs and the Milwaukee Brewers ended a four-game losing streak by beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-1 on Sunday. "I thought it was a really nice ballgame," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "After those last three, we obviously needed to come out with a win. A lot of good things happened." The Brewers spent the first half of the season struggling with injuries and consistency. Against Arizona, they had trouble holding leads in three frustrating games in the desert. Milwaukee prevented the sweep by roughing up Ian Kennedy (3-6) with a string of two-strike hits and a second straight strong outing by Peralta (7-9) The hitting came early: Four runs the first two innings against Kennedy. Carlos Gomez hit a two-run single in the first inning, Schafer drove in another run in the second with a sacrifice bunt and added a solo homer in the fifth. Peralta, coming off his first complete game shutout, effectively worked around base runners all day, and the bullpen held after he left, helping the Brewers end a six-game losing streak to the Diamondbacks. A nice finish to the first half for the Brewers with a much-needed break coming up. "Its great to close out the first half like this and hopefully we can keep it going after the break," Schafer said. "Weve had some guys banged up and these four days should be good for us to get ourselves back healthy." Swept by the Dodgers earlier in the week, Arizona responded with three impressive victories over Milwaukee. With a chance for their first sweep of the Brewers, the Diamondbacks fell flat, unable to bounce back after Kennedys shaky outing left him stuck on 49 career wins for the seventh straight start. Miguel Montero homered for the second straight game, but Arizona went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position, failing to capitalize after getting the leadoff man on six times. A dud to finish, yes, but the Diamondbacks still head into the break leading the NL West, 2 1-2 games ahead of the Dodgers at 50-45. "We are in first place," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. "We had a lot of trial and tribulations, but the team has hung in there well. We have stuck together well." Peralta, who tossed a three-hitter against Cincinnati his last start, worked around base runners through the first four innings with the help of two double plays and a pickoff by catcher Martin Maldonado after Adam Eaton strayed too far off first in the third. The right-hander extended his scoreless streak to 19 1-3 innings until Montero hit his first pitch of the fifth for his eighth homer. Peralta stranded runners at second and third in the sixth inning and worked around another runner in the seventh. He allowed a run and seven hits and struck out eight. "Hes an emotional guy and you see it on the mound," Roenicke said. "You see when hes frustrated, but when he can regroup after being frustrated and make good pitches, thats what I like to see." Kennedys frustrations continued. The right-hander has struggled with his put-away pitches, a big reason hes laboured through the first half of the season. Kennedy again had trouble putting hitters away against the Brewers, allowing four straight singles to open the game -- all after getting ahead 0-2 or 1-2. The fourth one was by Gomez, who lined an 0-2 pitch through the right side for a two-run single and another run came in on a groundout by Maldonado. Schafer drove in a run with a sacrifice bunt in the second inning and, after falling behind 0-2, led off the fifth inning with a homer that put the Brewers up 5-0. Kennedy allowed five runs and nine hits in 6 1-3 innings, the second straight start hes allowed five earned runs. He hasnt won since June 1 against the Cubs. "A lot of crazy things going on," said Kennedy, 0-3 with a 6.58 ERA his past seven starts. "I am not pitching to my abilities every once in a while, not throwing well. Very inconsistent would probably be the word." NOTES: Arizona 2B Aaron Hill ended a 0-for-16 streak with a single in the fourth inning. ... The Brewers have more than 70 stolen bases (77) before the All-Star break for the first time since swiping 87 bases in 1993. ... Diamondbacks 3B Martin Prado made a pair of diving stops -- one in each direction -- to take away hits from Maldonado in the first inning and Jeff Bianchi in the sixth. ... Arizona opens the second half of the season at San Francisco on Friday. Milwaukee faces Miami at home the same day. http://www.jetsrookiestore.com/Jets-Wesley-Walker-Jersey/ . Patrice Bergeron and Daniel Paille scored 20 seconds apart a few minutes after Stamkos was taken off the ice on a stretcher with a broken right leg, and the Bruins beat the Lightning 3-0 on Monday afternoon. http://www.jetsrookiestore.com/Jets-Rashard-Robinson-Jersey/ .ca NFL Power Rankings, overtaking the Denver Broncos and remaining ahead of NFC competition San Francisco, Carolina and New Orleans. http://www.jetsrookiestore.com/Jets-Chandler-Catanzaro-Jersey/ . -- If this was Aaron Gordons final home game at Arizona, and it almost certainly was, then he went out in style. http://www.jetsrookiestore.com/Jets-Bilal-Powell-Jersey/ . LOUIS -- The New Orleans Saints looked like a team playing out the string. http://www.jetsrookiestore.com/Jets-Brent-Qvale-Jersey/ . Then the Pacers gave Oladipo and his Orlando teammates the cold shoulder. Paul Georges buzzer-beating 3-pointer at the end of the third quarter spurred a 21-4 run, finally sending Indiana past the Magic 97-87 in a tougher-than-expected opening night matchup. The Rugby Championship safely in the bag, the All Blacks can equal the all-time tier 1 record for consecutive Test wins with a victory over South Africa on Saturday night. But they must overcome arguably the greatest challenge an All Blacks team face, defeating the Springboks on their own patch - an assignment only made tougher following the off-field distraction that was Aaron Smiths airport toilet tryst.On form, it appears to be a fait accompli the two-time reigning world champions will reach the magical number of 17 straight wins, given what they did to Argentina in Buenos Aires last weekend. A blistering 12-minute spell before the break, in which they scored four tries, secured the result before the interval and showed the brilliant attack the All Blacks can turn on when the opportunity presents.Still, there is no doubting the Springboks are the one team the All Blacks would not want to be facing in their record tilt. South Africa may be playing ordinary rugby, but they never fail to rise to the All Blacks challenge when playing at home. A patchy win over the Wallabies last week will have instilled some confidence, as will a return to the kick-heavy, territory game that has long been a feature of South African rugby.Team newsSouth AfricaThe Springboks have been forced into two changes, at half-back and in the centres, with Faf de Klerk and Damian de Allende coming in for Rudy Paige and Jesse Kriel respectively. There are two further positional changes with de Allendes inclusion pushing Juan de Jongh to outside centre, while Bryan Habana and Francois Hougaard swap wings.Pat Lambie, Francois Hougaard, Juan de Jongh, Damian de Allende, Bryan Habana, Morne Steyn, Faf de Klerk; Warren Whiteley, 7-Oupa Mahoje, Francois Louw, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Eben Etzebeth, Vincent Koch, Adriaan Strauss (captain), Tendai Mtawarira. Replacments: Bongi Mbonambi, Steven Kitshoff, Julian Redelinghuys, Lood de Jager, Willem Alberts, Jaco Kriel, Lionel Mapoe, Willie le Roux.New ZealandAfter a long campaign, All Blacks coach Steve Hansen didnt hesitate in switching up his squad for the trip to Durban. In the pack, Sam Whitelock, Jerome Kaino and Matt Todd start at lock, blindside- and openside flanker respectively while Waisako Naholo returns after a long layoff to give Julian Savea a spell.Ben Smith, Israel Dagg, Anton Lienert-Brown, Ryan Crotty, Waisake Naholo, Beauden Barrett, TJ Perenara, Kieran Read (c), Matt Todd, Jerome Kaino, Samuel Whitelock, Brodie Retallick, Owen Franks, Dane Coles, Joe Moody. RESERVES: Codie Taylor, Wyatt Crockett, Charlie Faumuina, Liam Squire, Ardie Savea, Tawera Kerr-Barlow, Lima Sopoaga, George Moala.Key matchup: Morne Steyn vs. Beauden BarrettIts a contrast of styles at No.10 with Morne Steyns right boot a key cog in a return to the Springboks traditional game plan. The veteran fly-half kicked 11 times compared with Quade Coopers four in the 18-100 win over the Wallabies; four penalties and two drop goals ensuring Steyns was the only name on South Africas scoresheet.dddddddddddd If the Boks can deliver a similar kick-chase to last week and a solid platform at the set-piece, then they may be able to pin the All Blacks in their own half and force them into counter-attack after counter-attack. Its worked before.Steyns kick is to Barretts run, and doesnt the All Blacks playmaker just do it superbly? The standout player from either hemisphere in 2016, Barrett must surely have one hand on the World Rugby Award for Player of the Year such has been his superb form at both Super Rugby and Test level. The New Zealander needs only half a chance to cut through a gap or provide for those outside him, while his combination with fullback Ben Smith has been a joy to watch throughout the tournament. If Barrett has another strong game its hard to see the All Blacks suffering too much discomfort.Key stats- The All Blacks have won eight of their last nine matches against South Africa.- Morne Steyn scored 31 points (1T, 1C, 8P) for the Springboks the last time these two teams clashed at this venue (2009), the most ever by a player against New Zealand.- The All Blacks have already scored 205 points and 29 tries in this tournament, both record tallies in a single Rugby Championship/Tri Nations campaign.WeatherDurban is expecting humid conditions for kick-off on Saturday night, though there is only a 20 percent chance of rain. The temperature should hover around 19 degrees.UBET verdict: South Africa $1.22, New Zealand $4.25The All Blacks are on the road for the second week in a row this week as they travel to Durban to take on South Africa. The men in black are undefeated this tournament after making light work of Argentina with a 36-17 win in Buenos Aires last weekend, while the South Africans will be on a high after overcoming the Wallabies in Pretoria. Based on their dominance in this years tournament, the All Blacks are firm favourites with UBET at $1.22, while the Springboks are $4.25. Perhaps the best value bet is South Africa on home soil with nine points start at $2.00?VerdictHistory beckons for this current crop of All Blacks while the knowledge that all-time greats Dan Carter, Richie McCaw, Maa Nonu et al have been part of this run must surely add to their motivation to notch win No.17. They are arguably playing better rugby than they were with those superstars on deck, with the likes of Ben Smith and Barrett dominating in scintillating fashion. The Springboks have enough quality to give the world champions some headaches, but its unlikely they will be able to maintain that level of play long enough to notch an upset. Look for New Zealand to pull away over the final 15.All Blacks by 12. Cheap Jerseys China NFL Jerseys China NFL Jerseys Wholesale Discount Basketball Jerseys Cheap NHL Jerseys Authentic Cheap Baseball Jerseys Free Shipping Cheapest College Jerseys Sale Cheap Football Jerseys China Nike NFL Jerseys Canada Wholesale NHL Jerseys From China MLB Jerseys Outlet Canada Wholesale NBA Jerseys Canada Store Cheap Soccer Jerseys China Cheap Authentic Jerseys Canada ' ' '

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