Brewers-Diamondbacks Preview

While the Milwaukee Brewers have already dealt one of their top veterans, the Arizona Diamondbacks need to get hot in a hurry to perhaps avoid doing some of the same.

The Diamondbacks look to win consecutive games for the first time in a little more than two weeks Friday night against the visiting Brewers.

Zack Godley struck out seven without a walk in six innings of his major league debut and A.J. Pollock had three hits with two RBIs in Thursday's 8-3 win over Milwaukee (42-54). It was the second straight defeat following a 14-4 stretch for the Brewers, who hours earlier sent third baseman Aramis Ramirez to Pittsburgh for minor league pitcher Yhonathan Barrios.

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"I'm so sorry to see Aramis go, and we've been playing well lately and he's been a big part of it," Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said.

While reliever Brad Ziegler and versatile infielder Cliff Pennington are rumored to have drawn interest from other teams, it's uncertain who Arizona (44-50) is looking to unload, if anybody, before next Friday's trade deadline.

The Diamondbacks have won twice in 10 games and haven't recorded two straight victories since July 7-8. They're 9 1/2 games behind the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West and seven out of the final wild-card spot.

Arizona's Patrick Corbin (1-2, 4.80 ERA) has completed five innings in each of his three starts since returning July 4 from elbow surgery. The left-hander gave up two runs and struck out five during a 2-1 loss to San Francisco on Sunday.

"A couple of bad pitches there,'' Corbin said. ''I was able to go out there and be a little more aggressive and got into a rhythm.''

He last faced the Brewers in 2013 when he went 2-0 with a 2.13 ERA against them.

Milwaukee counters with Jimmy Nelson (7-9, 4.21), who has a 3.09 ERA while winning four of his last five starts. He yielded three of his four runs in the first inning of the 6 1-3 he went during Saturday's 8-5 win over Pittsburgh.

The right-hander has a 9.00 ERA in the first inning this season but a 3.36 mark afterward.

"I feel like I'm a broken record with the runs in the first," Nelson told MLB's official website. "I just try to keep a level head about it and give us a chance."

He gave up a run in the first and three over the next five he lasted while striking out eight overall without a walk before leaving without a decision in a 7-5 loss to Arizona on May 29.

Paul Goldschmidt doubled twice in three at-bats against Nelson in that contest. Leading the NL in batting average (.344) and the majors in RBIs (73), Goldschmidt has hit .431 with 27 RBIs in 27 regular season and playoff games against the Brewers.

Also the subject of trade rumors, ex-Diamondback Gerardo Parra is batting .419 in 17 games this month. Parra was hit in the knee by a pitch in the sixth but appears to be fine after remaining in the game.

Despite going 0 for 3 in the opener, teammate Jean Segura is batting .397 in 16 July contests. He's 5 for 6 with a double against Corbin.