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

seven starts.

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

the season.

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.