Brewers 3, Marlins 2
Yovani Gallardo is on quite the roll. Even when he leaves a game
with the Milwaukee Brewers trailing, he still manages to get the
Prince Fielder homered and Yuniesky Betancourt hit a tiebreaking
RBI double in Milwaukee’s two-run seventh inning, helping the
Brewers beat the Florida Marlins 3-2 on Saturday night.
Gallardo (8-2) pitched six effective innings to win his sixth
consecutive start and Milwaukee posted back-to-back wins in South
Florida for the first time since April 10-11, 2007. The Brewers
began the day with the fewest road wins in the National League, but
improved to 11-19 away from Miller Park.
”The players know that we’re playing well now, and I know that
we’re playing well now,” Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. ”I
know you guys still want to ask us about the road but I think
that’s probably more you guys than it is us.”
Gallardo has a 1.32 ERA during his winning streak, which started
with a victory at St. Louis on May 7. The right-hander improved to
3-0 with a 1.72 ERA in his career against Florida.
”I’m throwing the ball pretty well right now,” Gallardo said.
”I’ll enjoy the win today but keep working.”
John Axford pitched the ninth for his 15th save in 17
opportunities. He struck out Emilio Bonifacio with a runner on
third to end the game.
Florida left nine runners on base and went 1 for 10 with runners
in scoring position. A night earlier, Florida stranded 11 runners
in another one-run loss.
”We’re not executing,” Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez said.
”That wasn’t only last night or tonight. We’be been watching that
for two months.”
The Brewers trailed 2-1 before Fielder hit his 13th homer with
one out in the seventh. The burly first baseman sent Chris
Volstad’s 0-1 pitch into the seats in left-center.
Casey McGehee then flied out before Jonathan Lucroy singled off
shortstop Bonifacio’s glove. Betancourt followed with an RBI double
off the wall in left-center.
Volstad (2-5) gave up six hits, struck out four and walked one
in seven innings. He dropped to 0-4 with a 5.87 ERA in his last
Gaby Sanchez hit a two-out RBI single in the first and the
Marlins pushed across an unearned run in the sixth to take a 2-1
Sanchez opened with a single and took second on Greg Dobbs’
grounder to first. Following Mike Stanton’s groundout and a walk to
John Buck, Omar Infante hit a grounder to third. McGehee had
trouble backhanding the ball, then threw high to first for an
error, allowing Infante to reach and Sanchez to score.
Nyjer Morgan hit Volstad’s first pitch of the third into the
right-field seats to tie it at 1. It was Morgan’s first homer of
Florida failed to score despite putting runners on second and
third with none out in the third. Gallardo escaped by retiring
Bonifacio, Logan Morrison and Sanchez.
”That was a huge inning for me, and it was for them. You can
ask the other side,” Gallardo said. ”Getting one, two, three in
the heart of the lineup is big.”
NOTES: Marlins RHP Josh Johnson (right shoulder inflammation)
long tossed in the outfield for a second straight day. Manager
Edwin Rodriguez said Johnson had no pain but added there were no
scheduled plans for the ace to throw off the mound. Johnson has
been on the disabled list since May 21. … Marlins SS Hanley
Ramirez (stiff lower back) missed his fifth game in a row.
Rodriguez said the team probably will wait until Monday to decide
whether to put Ramirez on the DL. …. While playing for Washington
last year, Morgan charged the mound after Volstad threw a pitch
behind him. Morgan had run over Marlins C Brett Hayes a night
earlier, leaving the catcher with a separated shoulder. … Fielder
has a 10-game hitting streak at Florida.