Marlins hit 4 HRs, hold off Brewers, win 7th straight
By Adam McCalvy and Andrew Gruman
MILWAUKEE -- Giancarlo Stanton's moonshot was one of four solo home runs for the Marlins in a 7-5 win over Chase Anderson and the Brewers on Saturday at Miller Park, Miami's seventh straight victory.
Stanton's fourth-inning home run left his bat at 117 mph, according to Statcast™, and landed a projected 462 feet away before clanging off the scoreboard in center field. Derek Dietrich, Adeiny Hechavarria and Marcell Ozuna also cleared the fences for the Marlins, who matched a franchise record for a nine-inning game by stranding 17 men on base and went 0-for-12 with runners in scoring position, but hit 1,667 feet worth of homers on the way to building a 7-1 lead for winning pitcher Wei-Yin Chen.
"Just hitting our stride," Stanton said. "A weird game tonight, but it was always pushing. The stats won't look good with runners in scoring position tonight, per se, but if you're always pushing and you have that vibe in the dugout that, 'We're going to score this inning,' good things are going to happen."
The Brewers made it a ballgame with a four-run rally in the seventh, capped by Hernan Perez's two-run home run. But they couldn't overcome Anderson's early deficit after the right-hander surrendered six runs (five earned) on nine hits and four walks in 4 1/3 innings. Including the three Marlins home runs he surrendered, Anderson has allowed six homers in his last three starts, all losses, spanning 13 1/3 innings.
"They're swinging the bats, playing good baseball right now; we're kind of in a rut," Anderson said. "That's just this game. We'll get out of it, I know that for sure."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Power outburst: Entering with the third-fewest home runs in the Major Leagues, Miami hit a season-high four on Saturday. Dietrich hit the first pitch of the game for the first leadoff home run of his career, while Hechavarria led off the second inning with a solo shot of his own. In his first game at Miller Park since being hit in the face by former Brewers starter Mike Fiers on Sept. 11, 2014, Stanton connected for a monster blast in the fourth inning. Ozuna's sixth-inning shot off Chris Capuano gave Miami its first four-homer game since May 30, 2015.
"I thought we had good at-bats all night long," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "When you have that many guys you end up stranding, you hope it doesn't come back to burn you. But you can't not like the at-bats. The at-bats were good all night. Guys were battling, forcing them to get us out. I'm really happy with the at-bats tonight." More >
A new ballgame: The bottom of the batting order came through for the Brewers in the seventh inning as Milwaukee cut a 7-1 deficit to 7-5. Aaron Hill owned a .159 batting average before he stepped to the plate with two outs and doubled to put runners at second and third base for .130-hitting Ramon Flores, who blooped a two-run single to left field. Perez, who'd joined the game during a fifth-inning double-switch, followed with a two-run homer to straightaway center field. It was Perez's second home run in his 359th Major League plate appearance.
"I felt like we battled through," Perez said. "We didn't make the comeback completely, but we battled. ... It's a little hard to [play from behind], but we have to make adjustments and try to help the pitchers. Just like when we don't hit and they throw a good game."
Shutting the door: With closer A.J. Ramos unavailable after pitching in five of Miami's last six games, David Phelps got the ball for the ninth inning. Phelps worked a scoreless frame to earn his second career save and his first since April 10, 2014.
He's a guy you can close with," Mattingly said. "You feel good about him. He's going to throw strikes. He can get the ball to both sides of the plate with a couple of different variations."
He's outta there: When Anderson exited with a pair of runners aboard in the fifth inning, it marked the 14th time in 23 games that Milwaukee's starting pitcher has worked five or fewer frames. Only Reds pitchers have made more early exits (15 such starts). The Cubs lead the Majors with only two starts of five or fewer innings.
"We have to stay the course," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "There's not an unlimited supply of starting pitching out there. These are our guys." More >
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Saturday marked the second time in franchise history that the Marlins stranded 17 men on base in a nine-inning game and still won. The Major League record for runners left on base in a nine-inning win, according to Baseball-Reference.com, is shared by the Brewers -- who left 19 men aboard in a win over the Twins on May 16, 1986 -- and the Red Sox, who also stranded 19 in a win over the Twins in 1971.
The Marlins have won seven straight games, all on the road, and will aim to match their franchise-record road winning streak in Sunday's series finale against the Brewers. The team mark was set from July 16-Aug. 5, 1995, when the Marlins won eight in a row at the Dodgers, Giants, Expos and Mets.
UPON FURTHER REVIEW
It took the umpires only 48 seconds to overturn a call at first base in the fifth inning, changing J.T. Realmuto's groundout to an infield hit after Mattingly challenged. That change led to a run when Christian Yelich drew a two-out, bases-loaded walk from Capuano.
WHAT'S NEXT Marlins:Tom Koehler will try for his first quality start since his first outing of the season when he toes the rubber for the series finale against the Brewers on Sunday at 2:10 p.m. ET. The right-hander has thrown five or fewer innings in each of his last three starts.
Brewers:Wily Peralta will try to build on his respectable outing against the Phillies last week when he takes the mound for the second straight Sunday at Miller Park, at 1:10 p.m. CT. He's 3-1 with a 3.35 ERA in six career starts against the Marlins, including five quality starts.