Brewers top Marlins' Conley 10-2 in rematch
MIAMI -- When the Milwaukee Brewers finally started to hit Adam Conley, they started to run, too.
Milwaukee stole four bases off Conley and won their rematch against him Tuesday night, beating the Miami Marlins 10-2.
Conley won when he held the Brewers hitless for 7 2/3 shutout innings on April 29 before exiting because of a career-high pitch count. This time the young left-hander gave up seven hits and four runs in four innings.
Jonathan Villar and Hernan Perez each stole two bases against Conley.
"It was our best baserunning game of the year," manager Craig Counsell said. "We really impacted the game and their pitcher with our baserunning. We were definitely a presence at first base on every pitch and found some good places to run, and it made a difference."
Villar had two hits and scored twice, and Perez reached base five times and scored twice. Ryan Braun had a pair of RBI singles, and Aaron Hill added three hits, including a two-run double.
"It sounds crazy, but I think I was actually better this time," Conley said. "I was very happy with my stuff. But controlling the running game wasn't any good."
Conley (2-2) had given up a total of two hits in his previous two starts.
"Fortunately for us, we got some pitches to hit," Hill said. "But he's going to be a very good pitcher for a very long time."
Zach Davies (1-3) allowed two runs in five innings and lowered his ERA to 6.29 while winning for the first time in five starts this year.
"It was great to get the first one out of the way and get the monkey off my back," Davies said.
Conley couldn't hold an early 2-1 lead, and the Brewers took advantage of Miami's sloppiness to score three runs in the fourth. They had a hit batter, a walk and two stolen bases, and benefited from two throwing errors and a wild pitch by Conley that scored the final run.
"We put runners on base and put pressure on him," Counsell said. "He wasn't as crisp as he was in Milwaukee. He had more balls up in the zone."
Marlins reliever Jose Urena failed to cover first on a grounder in the fifth inning, costing Miami another run.
Milwaukee scored two runs on wild pitches and another on an error. Miami pitchers walked seven and have issued 15 walks in the first two games of the series.
Conley's bid for another hitless outing against Milwaukee didn't last long. Villar singled to lead off the first inning, stole second and scored on a single by Braun.
Marlins manager Don Mattingly credited the Brewers for making adjustments in their approach with Conley, including on the bases.
"We'll look at that," Mattingly said. "Obviously they picked up something."
Milwaukee's Jonathan Lucroy went 0 for 6, dropping his batting average to .306.
The Marlins scored in the second inning on consecutive doubles by Marcell Ozuna and J.T. Realmuto, the same pair responsible for a baserunning gaffe that cost Realmuto a homer Monday. Ozuna's two-out RBI single in the third put the Marlins ahead 2-1.
Brewers LHP Sam Freeman, designated for assignment last week, has accepted his outright assignment to Triple-A Colorado Springs.
Marlins LHP Mike Dunn (strained left forearm) threw 15 pitches in his first bullpen session since going on the DL, and was pleased with the results. Barring a setback, he said, he expects to be activated late this month or in early June.
Marlins LHP Wei-Yin Chen (2-1, 4.66 ERA) is scheduled to face RHP Chase Anderson (1-4, 6.44) in the final game of the series Wednesday. Anderson has an ERA of 10.31 over his past four starts.