Villar sparks Brewers' bats in win over Marlins

May 10th, 2016

MIAMI -- This time, the Brewers had answers for Marlins left-hander Adam Conley. Jonathan Villar set the tempo with a leadoff single and run in the first. Then in the fourth inning, the shortstop delivered a two-run single that rallied Milwaukee to a 10-2 win on Tuesday at Marlins Park.

Conley, who threw 7 2/3 hitless innings on April 29 at Miller Park, wasn't as sharp on Tuesday night. He was tagged for four runs in four innings, allowing seven hits with two walks, four strikeouts, a hit batter and wild pitch.

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"I don't think we did anything different. I think we had good at-bats," said Brewers manager Craig Counsell. "We put runners on base, and we put pressure on him. I thought that was the big thing."

Aaron Hill, who had three hits and a hit by pitch, broke the game open with a two-run double in the sixth inning off Jose Urena. Brewers right-hander Zach Davies worked five innings, yielding two runs on five hits, and won his first game in four decisions.

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"It sounds crazy, but I think I was actually better this time," Conley said of his stuff compared to his last outing against the Brewers. "A lot of those hits were kind of just served out there, over our middle infielders' heads, in front of our outfielders. None of the balls were really tattooed. At times, I think I got myself into bad counts."

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One-man show: Villar accounted for all three Brewers runs in the fourth inning. He first delivered a two-out, two-run single that erased a 2-1 deficit. Then the Brewers shortstop stole third and scored on a wild pitch to extend the lead to 4-2.

"I thought it was our best baserunning game of the year," Counsell said. "I thought we impacted their pitcher with our baserunning."

Conley's uncomfortable outing: The Brewers got a second chance this season at Conley, and they were ready. In each of the four innings Conley pitched, he allowed the leadoff batter to reach. In the fourth inning, the lefty was taxed, throwing 29 pitches and giving up three runs, and he was replaced after 84 pitches.

"They made some adjustments towards him," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "They stayed out over the plate a little bit with him. They did a nice job of making adjustments."

Stroll in the park: The Brewers made good use of three sixth-inning walks issued by Urena. All three resulted in runs. Hill delivered a two-run double, and Marlins first baseman Justin Bour kicked Alex Presley's grounder, which allowed another run to score and extended the Brewers' lead to 8-2.

Last gasp chance wasted: Even down by six in the seventh inning, the Marlins had a chance to make things interesting when Miguel Rojas and Derek Dietrich each singled. With no outs, Martin Prado ran the count full off Blaine Boyer before flying out to center. Miami's last-ditch attempt to rally ended when Christian Yelich broke his bat and lifted a popup to short center. Believing the ball would drop for a hit, Rojas took off toward third, but Villar made the catch at short and doubled off Rojas at second.

"If we can creep back in it, then we have a shot," Mattingly said. "But we weren't able to do anything."

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"I don't know if they were seeing something, or what. But I did one slide step. So they were kind of getting a jump on it. They like to be aggressive. They've got some guys who are good runners on there. It was just one of those days. I probably wasn't as fast to the plate as I should have been. I should have been slide-stepping a little more, and vary my picks a little more. There is some stuff we can do. There is some stuff we can work on." -- Conley, on the Brewers stealing four bases off him

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Yelich's stolen base in the third inning was the Marlins' third steal in their last 11 games, or since April 29, when Dee Gordon began his suspension.


Brewers:Chase Anderson gets the start on Wednesday in the series finale at Marlins Park at 6:10 p.m. CT. Anderson has allowed at least four earned runs in each of his last four starts, and will look to regain the form of his first two starts of the season, which saw him throw a combined 11 scoreless innings..

Marlins: The Marlins wrap up their nine-game homestand on Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. ET. Lefty Wei-Yin Chen (2-1, 4.66) faces the Brewers for the second time this season. The lefty won at Miller Park on April 30, allowing three runs in 6 2/3 solid innings.

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