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But the Diamondbacks had the most comeback victories in the majors this season (48) and weren’t about to go away easily.

They nearly got the best of Rodriguez in the eighth. He loaded the bases with two outs for Ryan Roberts, one of two Diamondbacks players to hit a grand slam in the series. But Rodriguez got Roberts to ground into a forceout at second base, ending the threat.

Axford pitched the ninth, allowing a leadoff double to Gerardo Parra. The reliever nearly hit Sean Burroughs with a pitch, then Burroughs blooped a single to put runners on first and third.

Bloomquist pushed a bunt to the right side and Fielder nearly collided with Axford while fielding the ball. Fielder stumbled and was unable to get off a throw to the plate as the tying run scored.

Justin Upton grounded into a forceout at second and Henry Blanco hit a grounder to shortstop. Yuniesky Betancourt fielded the ball and barely beat Upton to second base to end the inning — although Betancourt paid for it, getting spiked in the leg.

Axford ended the regular season with 43 straight saves, and saved Game 1 of the series. He had not blown a save chance since April 18 at Philadelphia.

Gallardo gave up one run in six innings. The right-hander threw 112 pitches, allowing six hits while walking two and striking out five.

Axford got the win despite a rough outing. Putz took the loss.

“We’ve had great comebacks all year. Unfortunately tonight, we weren’t able to finish it off,” Gibson said.

After finally edging Arizona, the Brewers sprayed bubbly in the clubhouse and waited to find out who their next opponent would be. If the Cardinals win Game 5, the first game of the NL championship series would be Sunday at Miller Park. If the Phillies win, Game 1 would be at Philadelphia.

“I think we’ve done all our celebrating,” Roenicke said. “I know I have. So, yeah, I’ll sit back and watch what’s going on with those games to see if we’re staying here or we’re going on the road tomorrow.”