Historic HR highlights Crew's win over Marlins
MILWAUKEE -- Ryan Braun became the Brewers' all-time home run leader and Khris Davis added two homers of his own to fuel Milwaukee's offense as the Brewers topped the Marlins, 8-7, on Wednesday at Miller Park.
Braun smacked his 252nd career homer to lead off the sixth to pass Robin Yount as the franchise's all-time leader. Both of Davis' homers came against Miami starter Tom Koehler and on the first pitch of each at-bat. Koehler managed to go just 4 1/3 innings, allowing seven earned runs, and couldn't take advantage of the early scoring provided by his offense.
"It's unfortunate, because the guys did a tremendous job jumping out in front," Koehler said. "You're going to have games where you don't have it, but what gets to me is letting the guys down when they fought so hard today."
Justin Bour crushed a two-run homer off Milwaukee starter Wily Peralta in the first to give Miami a quick 3-0 lead. Peralta lasted just five innings, giving up six runs on nine hits, but Milwaukee's offense allowed the right-hander to collect his fourth win of the season.
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Power show: The Brewers didn't hit a single home run in a pair of losses to open this series, but made up for it on Wednesday. By the third inning, Davis had five RBIs and his fourth multi-homer game of the season, pulling the Brewers back into a game they had trailed, 4-0. In the sixth, Braun added to a Brewers lead with his franchise record-setting solo shot and received a curtain call from the home crowd.
"We got knocked on our heels today again, and Khris was a huge part of putting us back in that game," Counsell said. "I think the first home run, it just says, 'Alright, we've got a ballgame, still.'" More >
Quick strike: Bour capped off a three-run first inning for the Marlins with a two-run homer off a 3-2 pitch from Peralta. It was Bour's 12th home run in 63 starts this season. Dee Gordon set the table for Miami to begin the frame with a leadoff single and followed it by stealing second base and moving to third on an errant throw by catcher Martin Maldonado. Gordon would then score on Martin Prado's ground out.
"Up and down the lineup, the guys are giving competitive at-bats, productive at-bats," Marlins manager Dan Jennings said. "[I'm] very pleased with the offense. Usually you score seven runs, you feel pretty good about coming out on top."
Playing with a lead: Braun and Davis hit the dramatic home runs, but it was a seldom-used backup catcher who gave the Brewers their first lead in the series. Maldonado, making a rare start for Jonathan Lucroy, delivered a one-out single to center field in the fifth inning that turned a 6-5 deficit into a 7-6 lead that the Brewers would hold.
Making it interesting: Marcell Ozuna brought the Marlins within one in the ninth with a solo shot off Brewers closer Francisco Rodriguez. It was Ozuna's fifth homer of the season. Former Brewer Casey McGehee represented the tying run at the plate in the next at-bat, but Rodriguez got him to strike out swinging. The save was Rodriguez's 378th in his career, giving him sole possession of seventh place on the all-time saves list.
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Davis hits his home runs in bunches. He has four multi-homer games this season including three in August, but only 14 total home runs. The Brewers' record for multi-homer games in a season is seven, by Yount in 1982 when Yount was American League MVP.
The Marlins were able to extend their half of the fifth inning by winning a challenge by Jennings. J.T. Realmuto hit a chopping ground ball to third baseman Elian Herrera and was ruled out on a close play at first. However, after a brief review, the call was overturned. The reversed decision allowed Miami to load the bases with two outs, but shortstop Miguel Rojas struck out looking in the next at-bat.
Jennings used the replay review system to his advantage again in the sixth. Gordon was ruled out trying to steal his second bag of the day on a close play at second. After a review, the call was overturned as Gordon managed to slide under Jean Segura's tag and was ruled safe. Gordon would be left stranded at third after Derek Dietrich struck out swinging to end the frame.
Marlins: Miami will return home on Thursday and open a four-game set with a division foe, the Philadelphia Phillies. The Marlins send left-hander Brad Hand to the mound and hope he can rebound from his last outing where he allowed six runs on 11 hits in a loss to the Cardinals. Hand's first pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET.
Brewers: After a day off on Thursday, the Brewers return to action on Friday at 6:05 p.m. CT in Washington D.C. against the Nationals. Jimmy Nelson is set to start the opener of a five-game road trip that will also take the Brewers to Cleveland for a pair of games next week.
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