Fans may dig the long ball.

But when Carlos Gomez gets on base, often there's nothing more exciting in a Milwaukee Brewers game.

The speedy outfielder provided the latest example Sunday afternoon, when he won a protracted game of cat-and-mouse on the base paths with Arizona Diamondbacks reliever Patrick Corbin.

Inserted as a pinch runner in the ninth inning, Gomez stole second, moved to third on a throwing error and then scored the winning run on another one all on the same play, lifting the Brewers to an exciting, 2-1 win at Miller Park.

"Gomey's exciting," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "You guys know when he's out there, something's going to happen."

It was apparent from the early going that this was a game in which runs would be at a premium.

The Brewers had Yovani Gallardo on the hill, sporting an undefeated career record against Arizona. The Diamondbacks countered with youngster Josh Collmenter, who handcuffed Milwaukee on three separate occasions last year, including Game 3 of the National League Divisional Series.

Milwaukee scratched out its first in the fourth inning after Norichika Aoki doubled into the Diamondbacks' bullpen in right-center, moved to third on a wild pitch and scored on a grounder to second base by Nyjer Morgan.

Staked to that lead, Gallardo made it all the way into the seventh before running into real trouble. But Jose Veras was there to pick him up, striking out Justin Upton with two outs and the bases loaded, and the Brewers maintained their 1-0 lead.