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CIN@MIL: Garza wants nothing to do with fielding bunt

Matt Garza has struggled with throwing to bases from the mound. That's no secret.

But until Friday -- when Garza's two throwing mistakes accounted for half his team's total errors and contributed to what became four unearned runs for the Reds -- he'd managed to keep the issue under control. He hadn't committed an error in his first 13 starts until those two, and those two ended up costing him for the first time.

On Wednesday he'll take the mound again, looking for a cleaner performance as he faces the D-backs in the third game of a four-game series.

"Everything felt great. It's a shame that I let it go to waste on throwing errors," said Garza after the 6-5 loss to Cincinnati. "It just [stinks]; I wish we had never been in that spot. My stuff was too good tonight to do something dumb like that."

Garza will face Arizona left-hander Wade Miley, who had been slated to pitch on Tuesday but will instead start on Wednesday on six days' rest.

Mike Bolsinger got the start on Tuesday after being called up to take the roster spot of the injured Bronson Arroyo, and D-backs manager Kirk Gibson pushed each pitcher's start back a day.

"We're in a streak of 33 out of 34 games," Gibson said. "Push everybody else back, give them an extra day.

Miley is 3-5 with a 4.25 ERA in the nine games in which he's pitched on six days' rest or more.

D-backs: Montero throwing out more runners
Catcher Miguel Montero has struggled to throw out basestealers for most of this season, but he's been doing better lately, having retired five of his last eight.

"It's tough, because it's like everything, it's confidence," Montero said. "It's a combination -- the pitchers give you time and hold the runners and give you pitches you can handle to throw a guy out. It's another combination if they don't give you time. As a catcher you just try to make up for that time that the pitcher didn't give you, and you just rush, and what happens is you're even slower and you might throw the ball to center field.

"It's like I say to them, 'Help me to help you. If you help me to hold the runners a little bit more, I might help you to throw the guys out and get you out of a jam.'"

Montero has been working on being quicker behind the plate since Spring Training, but even with his recent hot streak, he's allowed the second-most stolen bases in the Major Leagues and is 12th out of 17 qualifying catchers in caught-stealing percentage (24 percent).

"Obviously, when you throw guys out, everything starts to show," he said. "[People think], OK, because he's been working today. No, I've been working the entire year. It just didn't happen. It got to the point where I was ... just upset, and it was even harder."

Brewers: Gomez to return on Wednesday
Carlos Gomez wanted to play on Tuesday, but the powers that be ordered him to rest one more day.

The speedster, bothered by tightness in his left hamstring, missed a second straight start on Tuesday but said unequivocally that he would return to the lineup on Wednesday. He will be bidding to resume a streak of reaching safely in 30 consecutive games, the longest current stretch in the Majors.

"It's always nice to have Carlos in there, no question," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "We're a better team with Carlos in the lineup."

Worth noting
• Montero, Aaron Hill and Gerardo Parra are all hitting better than .400 against Garza in 18, 14 and 14 at-bats against the veteran, respectively.

• The Brewers traded Triple-A left-hander Brad Mills to Oakland on Tuesday for a $1 fee.

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