MILWAUKEE -- Ichiro Suzuki moved four hits closer to 3,000 on a bad night to be a rookie starting pitcher at Miller Park, where hits fell in bunches during a 9-6 Marlins win over the Brewers on Tuesday night.
The Marlins opened a 7-0 lead by the third inning against Tyler Cravy, then held off a late Brewers rally to win for the sixth time in eight games. Miami's own rookie starter, Adam Conley, was unable to capitalize on the early run support, and he exited in the midst of Milwaukee's four-run fourth. Reliever Kendry Flores retired the only batter he faced and was rewarded with his first Major League victory.
"[We] had seven different guys score up and down the lineup," Marlins manager Dan Jennings said. "It's good to see these guys offensively taking quality at-bats."
Four different Miami batters tallied multiple hits, including Ichiro, whose third-inning single knocked Cravy from the game. Cravy took the loss after being charged with seven runs (four earned) on seven hits and three walks in 2 2/3 innings, but the Brewers made things interesting in the ninth by scoring a pair of runs and bringing the potential winning run to the plate.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Vintage Ichiro: Ichiro collected his first four-hit game in a Marlins uniform with singles in three of his first four at-bats and a line-drive double in the seventh. It was his first four-hit game since July 28, 2013. The 41-year-old is now 81 hits away from 3,000 in his Major League career.
"As I've said, this guy is a Hall of Famer for a reason," Jennings said. "He shows no signs of slowing down." More >
Triple scores three:Cole Gillespie opened Miami's scoring barrage with a bases-loaded, two-out triple off Cravy in the first inning, extending his hitting streak to nine games. The outfielder is batting .432 during the streak, which earned him a spot in the starting lineup on Tuesday. Gillespie was a third-round pick of the Brewers in the 2006 Draft before being traded three years later.
Knocked out: Cravy found more trouble during an ugly third inning that included two off-target throws from center fielder Logan Schafer plus an error charged to second baseman Elian Herrera that made three of the four Miami runs in the inning unearned. Cravy faced nine batters in the frame -- Adeiny Hechavarria's RBI single was the big hit -- and recorded only two outs before manager Craig Counsell went to the bullpen. In three starts since the Brewers turned Kyle Lohse's rotation spot over to Cravy, the rookie has allowed 17 runs (14 earned) on 19 hits and nine walks in 12 innings. More >
Last gasp: Despite the early deficit, the Brewers were one swing away from winning the game in the bottom of the ninth inning, when they forced Jennings to call upon Marlins closer A.J. Ramos. The right-hander hit the first batter he faced, Khris Davis, then walked the second, pinch-hitter Adam Lind, to force home the Brewers' second run of the inning. That brought Herrera to the plate representing the winning run, but Ramos recovered for a game-ending strikeout.
"It's tough to come back when you're down four [as the Brewers were in Monday's series opener] or down seven like tonight," Counsell said. "We fought our way back, but it's an uphill battle in those games. ... The offense did a nice job tonight."
"The theme of the night was we'd get two outs, and then we just couldn't finish an inning. I believe 10 of their hits were with two outs, and we hit a batter with two outs. We just couldn't finish the inning." -- Counsell
WHAT'S NEXT Marlins: Miami will look for its first road series sweep since July 2014 in the finale at 2:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday. The club will turn to its most reliable starter this season in Tom Koehler, who leads the Marlins in innings pitched (134 1/3).
Brewers: The Brewers will look to avoid a sweep Wednesday at 1:10 p.m. CT behind right-hander Wily Peralta, who is 2-1 with a 2.20 ERA in five career starts against Miami. He's coming off seven scoreless innings in a win over the Phillies on Friday at Miller Park.