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Nemesis stands in D'backs' way

MILWAUKEE — Yovani Gallardo calls today's start the biggest of his career. Ian Kennedy hoped for any chance to pitch again this season.

"It's definitely a whole different atmosphere," Gallardo said. "Anything can happen."

The Diamondbacks look to complete their biggest rally of the season and complete a comeback from 0-2 down when they face the Brewers in Game 5 of their National League Division Series with a berth in the Championship Series at stake.

It's a rematch of the starters of Game 1, in which Gallardo bested Kennedy to keep his perfect record against the Diamondbacks intact. Milwaukee won the first two games at Miller Park, where it had a majors-best 57 home victories in the regular season, before Arizona stayed alive by winning the next two in Phoenix.

"I don't think anything in the past will carry over into Milwaukee," Diamondbacks centerfielder Chris Young said. "We have to deal with this one game that we have coming up, and the game's really open to anybody."

Gallardo retired 14 of 15 at one point in Game 1, allowing one run on four hits over eight innings in a 4-1 victory. The 25-year-old right-hander is 6-0 with a 1.18 ERA in six career starts against Arizona, but he has never pitched in an elimination game.

"It's going to be a little bit tougher, but I just have to stay out there, relax and just pitch my game and see what happens," Gallardo said.

Milwaukee used a five-run sixth inning to win 9-4 in Game 2, but the beastly offensive attack ended in Arizona.

Kennedy, a 21-game winner, could do little but wait to see if he'd get another chance to pitch this year after being knocked out of Game 1 when Prince Fielder hit a two-run homer in the seventh.

Arizona struck back with grand slams by Paul Goldschmidt in Game 3 and Ryan Roberts in Wednesday's late 10-6 win in Game 4. The Diamondbacks joined the 1977 Dodgers as the only teams to hit slams in consecutive playoff games.

Arizona rallied for a major-league-best 48 comeback wins in the regular season.

"We don't panic when we do get down," shortstop Willie Bloomquist said. "We've understood what we're up against this whole series, especially when we got down 0-2, and things remain the same."

NLDS: Brewers 2, Diamondbacks 2

Game 1: Brewers 4, Diamondbacks 1

Game 2: Brewers 9, Diamondbacks 4

Game 3: Diamondbacks 8, Brewers 1

Game 4: Diamondbacks 10, Brewers 6

Today, 5:07: Diamondbacks (Kennedy, 21-4, 2.88) at Brewers (Gallardo, 17-10, 3.52), TBS

Nemesis stands in D'backs' way 10/06/11 [Last modified: Thursday, October 6, 2011 10:21pm]

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