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Posted: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 10:15 pm | Updated: 12:05 am, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

(AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers were slammed around on the road.

In a quiet postgame clubhouse, they were unanimous in their relief and optimism that their next game was at home.

Randy Wolf gave up a first-inning grand slam to Ryan Roberts, Chris Young homered twice and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Brewers 10-6 on Wednesday night to force Game 5 in the NL division series.

The decisive game will be Friday in Milwaukee, where the Brewers won the series' first two games and had the best home record in baseball in the regular season (57-24). The 19 previous NL teams to take a 2-0 lead in a best-of-5 series all advanced.

The Brewers were beaten by a combined 18-7 in the two games in Phoenix after outscoring the Diamondbacks 13-5 in the two games in Milwaukee. Brewers pitchers allowed 24 hits in the last two games, 13 on Wednesday.

"Really the last two days they really swung the bats," Milwaukee's Jerry Hairston Jr. said of the Diamondbacks. "You've got to give them credit. We knew it was going to be a tough series. Nothing's easy."

Colin Cowgill drove in two runs with a pinch-hit single off Wolf in the third.

Carlos Gomez hit a two-run homer off Diamondbacks setup man David Hernandez in the eighth to make it a more respectable final. It was Milwaukee's sixth home run of the series. Arizona has seven.

Hairston Jr. had two hits, including an RBI double, for Milwaukee. Ryan Braun also doubled in a run for the Brewers, who had 11 hits but stranded eight runners.

Friday's contest will be a rematch of Game 1 starters Ian Kennedy for the Diamondbacks and Yovani Gallardo of Milwaukee. Gallardo allowed a run on four hits in eight innings in the Brewers' 4-1 victory in the series opener.

"These two games are certainly not typical of what we've done all year," Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said. "And I think Yo coming back and pitching Friday should be good for us."

Prince Fielder homered against Kennedy, and he looked forward to returning to the raucous atmosphere of Miller Park.

"That was the whole thing from the start is to get that home field advantage," Fielder said. "Hopefully we can take advantage of that."

But the pitching deserted Milwaukee in the desert, as did the fans for Game 4. Attendance on Wednesday night was 38,830, about 10,000 fewer than the capacity turnout the previous night. Diamondbacks officials were quick to point out that 10,000 tickets were sold in the 24 hours after Tuesday night's 8-1 win.

The 35-year-old Wolf was on the ropes from the outset after the Brewers gave him a 1-0 lead in the first.

"My command was horrible today," he said. "The curveball I couldn't throw for strikes at all, so that put me in a corner. I think every hitter I got behind in the count. When you do that, it's hard to be successful. The hard thing about today is all those runs that I gave up came with two outs."

A leadoff single by Willie Bloomquist, a pest to Milwaukee all series, was followed by a one-out, four-pitch walk to Justin Upton and a single by Miguel Montgero to load the bases.

Rookie Paul Goldschmidt, whose grand slam made him a star in the Diamondbacks' 8-1 victory in Game 3, struck out looking. Wolf still had to face Roberts, whose grand slam in the next-to-the-last game of the regular season helped Arizona rally from a 6-1 deficit in the 10th inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers to win 7-6.

Roberts did it again, hitting a 3-1 pitch down the left field line into the Diamondbacks bullpen and it was 4-1 in a hurry. A moment later, Young's solo shot into the seats in left-center, just left of the 413-foot sign, made it 5-1.

"We're not going to give up, even when we're down 2-0," said Young, who drove in three runs with the first two-homer postseason game in Diamondbacks' history. "In the clubhouse, we still believed we could do it. At the time our goal was to get back to Milwaukee. We've reached that, so it's a toss-up now. We're going to be ready to go."

Aaron Hill also hit a solo homer. The four home runs in a game also were an Arizona playoff record.

The Diamondbacks became the second team — with the 1977 Dodgers — to hit grand slams in consecutive playoff games.

Still, the Brewers soldiered on against sputtering Arizona starter Joe Saunders, managing a run in each of the first three innings. Jerry Hairston Jr.'s RBI double in the third cut the lead to 5-3. That's as close as Milwaukee could get as Cowgill, pinch-hitting for Saunders, singled in a pair of runs off Wolf with two outs in the third and the lead grew to 7-3.

Wolf allowed seven runs on eight hits in three innings, his shortest outing of the season. He walked three and struck out two. Saunders also went three, giving up three runs on five hits, striking out two and walking one.

Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson chose to put 22-year-old right-hander Jarrod Parker into the game to pitch the sixth, only his second major-league appearance. The Brewers loaded the bases with one out on Yuniesky Betancourt's single, a walk to George Kottaras and a single by pinch hitter Casey McGehee.

Brian Shaw relieved Parker and Corey Hart almost tied it with one swing, his hit to the wall in deep left-center was run down by left fielder Gerardo Parra, limiting the damage to a sacrifice fly that cut the lead to 7-4.

Rickie Weeks went 0-for-5 and is 1-for-15 in the series. The All-Star second baseman didn't want to talk about is own struggles.

"We're not winning ball games right now, the last two days," he said. "We've got to come back on Friday and try to get a win.

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