One week does not a season make.

Still, it's almost unbelievable to think that six games into the season, the Milwaukee Brewers are already in scramble mode.

Their starting pitching has struggled as a whole. The bullpen, even with an extra arm, is being overworked. Ryan Braun has missed time with a neck injury. Aramis Ramirez is already on the disabled list. The bench is short and inexperienced.

Then on Sunday the questions about closer John Axford began cropping up again after he surrendered his third home run in his last 1 2/3 innings, a two-run shot in the 11th inning to pinch hitter Eric Hinske that allowed the Arizona Diamondbacks to escape Miller Park with an 8-7 victory and their first series sweep of the Brewers.

Milwaukee, loser of five straight and in search of answers, now embarks on a six-game road swing to Chicago and St. Louis.

"To start a season, this is tough," manager Ron Roenicke acknowledged. "You don't expect to have this many injuries early. And when you do, it's hard to figure out how you cover everything."

Roenicke flipped every switch possible over the course of a game that saw him lose his starting shortstop, Jean Segura, after the fourth inning to a left quadriceps contusion. He was down to only rookie Josh Prince - just called up from Class AAA Nashville on Saturday - on the bench in the ninth inning when he hit him in the pitcher's spot with the Brewers down, 6-4.

Prince delivered with his first major-league hit, a double to center off Diamondbacks closer J.J. Putz, and Norichika Aoki followed with a single to right to score him. Aoki stole second a pitch later to get himself into scoring position and after a Carlos Gomez groundout, Jonathan Lucroy singled to right to bring Aoki around and tie the game at 6-6.

Axford, pitching for the first time in four days, took over in the 10th and flirted with disaster by opening with a couple of wall-scraping outs to center and left. His velocity was back up to 95 mph on the radar gun, though, and he struck out Eric Chavez to end the frame.

Milwaukee failed to score in the bottom of the 10th, and Roenicke elected to go with Axford again in the 11th.