Brewers right-hander Kyle Lohse knows what to do. Now it's just a matter of actually doing it.
Lohse has developed a pattern in which he'll have a strong outing, only to follow it with a weak one the next time out. On May 21 he threw eight innings of one-run ball against the Braves, then gave up four earned runs on nine hits in 6 2/3 on the 26th against the Orioles.
On June 1 he needed just 93 pitches for a shutout of the Cubs, but he gave up eight earned runs in five innings five days later against the Pirates for his worst start of the season.
Lohse is coming off a strong outing against the Mets on Thursday in which he pitched eight of the 13 innings of a 5-1 victory with no earned runs and no walks.
"I did everything I came in wanting to do," Lohse said.
Now the task is to put together two strong outings in a row, with his start against the D-backs on Tuesday the next opportunity. The two teams matched up on Monday for the first of a four-game series, with the Brewers coming out on top, 9-3.
Wade Miley will take the mound for Arizona looking for his first win since May 10. In his most recent outing, against the Astros on Thursday, he gave up seven hits and four earned runs in five innings.
Miley is 3-6 with a 4.71 ERA on the season; Lohse is 7-2 with a 3.00 ERA.
Brewers: Gomez could be back in lineup on Tuesday
It took a sore hamstring to keep Carlos Gomez off the bases on Monday.
Gomez entered the week having reached safely in 30 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the Major Leagues and the eighth-longest such streak in Brewers history. Manager Ron Roenicke did not specify on Monday which leg was giving Gomez trouble but said it was more than a routine day off.
"He's a little sore. It isn't just the rest," Roenicke said. "I really had to give him today off. I'm hoping it's just today. He's available that I can use him, but I won't put him in to pinch-run or [for] defense."
Gomez's streak of reaching base is the Brewers' longest since Prince Fielder went 33 straight games in 2007. Monday marked only his seventh game out of the starting lineup this season.
"I'm feeling good," said Gomez, who didn't mention his hamstring issue. "Last couple of days, I've been feeling much better at the plate, but the last couple of weeks, we have a really tough schedule. We [travel] really late and your body feels really tired, but it's normal.
"I'm fine to play every day. I'm not the one that's going to tell the manager, 'I need a day off.' If he gives it to me, I'm going to take it, but I'm not going to ask."
D-backs: Kieschnick takes Arroyo's place on roster
Roger Kieschnick was called up on Monday to replace Bronson Arroyo, who went on the disabled list for the first time in his career with tendinitis in his right elbow.
Kieschnick played four games for the D-backs earlier in the season, from April 24-29, going 0-for-7. But at Triple-A Reno, he hit .280 with an .840 OPS. The nephew of former Major Leaguer Brooks Kieschnick, Roger was in the lineup on Monday, hitting eighth and playing left field. He got the D-backs on the board with an RBI single in the second inning.
"He's played great since he went back down to Triple-A. He played well before he came up last time -- he had a tough stay here the first time," manager Kirk Gibson said. "He's played well since he's been down there. You guys know what he can do. We hope that he benefited from his experience the first time; hopefully he can barrel some things and make some contributions."
• Ender Inciarte, who was placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list on Friday, is making strides toward a return.
"Last I heard, he has no symptoms, so he'll do some activity [on Monday], and then I believe he'll have to start taking the tests," Gibson said.
But Gibson isn't sure of the exact date Inciarte will return.
"Until they pass that test, they can't play," he said.
• The Brewers' No. 19 prospect, right-hander Jorge Lopez, threw seven scoreless innings for Class A Advanced Brevard County on Monday in a 1-0 victory over Dunedin.
Grace Raynor is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.