MILWAUKEE (AP) — Caleb Gindl hit his first career home run in the bottom of the 13th inning and the Milwaukee Brewers beat Miami 1-0 on Sunday, shutting out the punchless Marlins for the third consecutive game.
Miami has gone a club-record 37 innings without a run, the longest drought by a major league team in 28 years. The Houston Astros were held scoreless for 42 consecutive innings in July 1985, according to STATS.
The Marlins haven’t scored since Derek Dietrich drove in two runs in the fourth inning of a 5-2 loss in 10 innings to the Washington Nationals on July 14.
Sunday’s game was the longest scoreless game in the majors since Boston won 1-0 in 16 innings at Tampa Bay on July 17, 2011.
The Brewers were the last team in the majors to produce a shutout this season, but now have eight in the team’s past 31 games. The Marlins have been blanked 12 times.
John Axford (4-3), the fourth reliever for the Brewers, pitched the 12th and 13th for the win. He helped the Brewers pitching staff set a franchise record with 35 scoreless innings. The previous record of 31 was set April 18-22, 1990.
Facing reliever Ryan Webb (1-4) in the bottom of the 13th, Gindl hit a 1-0 pitch down the left-field line and around the pole, dropping just over the wall and sending what remained of the crowd of 30,773 into a frenzy.
The Brewers beat the Marlins for the 14th time in the past 17 games at Miller Park, dating to 2009. Miami has just five wins in its past 22 games against Milwaukee.
Miami’s Henderson Alvarez and Milwaukee’s Wily Peralta had a stellar pitching duel.
Alvarez allowed five hits and a walk in seven shutout innings and Peralta gave up two hits and two walks and seven strikeouts in eight shutout innings.
Adeiny Hechavarria singled in the third and raised his batting average to .433 (26 for 60) while hitting safely in 15 of his past 16 games. Alvarez got his first major league hit in the third. He grounded a single past first baseman Juan Francisco.
Alvarez made his fourth start since being recalled July 4. He began the season on the 60-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.
The 23-year-old right-hander made a nice fielding play to start a double play in the third.
The next batter, Norichika Aoki, pushed a bunt between the mound and first that Alvarez raced after, but couldn’t field.
Logan Schafer followed with an infield single to third with Aoki advancing to third on the play.
Alvarez escaped the jam when he knocked down Jean Segura’s liner back to the mound. He tumbled as he fell, but his off-balance throw got to first in time to end the inning.
Notes: The Brewers kept CF Carlos Gomez and LF Ryan Braun out of Sunday’s game. Gomez has nagging injuries to his elbow and thumb while Braun continues to recover from a right thumb injury. Braun struck out swinging in the 11th when manager Ron Roenicke used him as a pinch-hitter. He is expected to return to the lineup Monday, when the Brewers open a four-game series against the Padres in Milwaukee. . . . Brewers RHP Alfredo Figaro began a rehab assignment Sunday with the Arizona Brewers of the Rookie League. He had been on the disabled list since June 25 with a right oblique injury.