MILWAUKEE -- Their Opening Day starter remained mired in his funk, but Brewers hitters slugged Wily Peralta to victory with Milwaukee's best offensive game in two years.
Peralta surrendered a career-high 13 hits and couldn't make it through the sixth inning, but he won his second straight start thanks to an offense that produced a seven-run third en route to a 14-5 win over the Marlins on Sunday at Miller Park, snapping Miami's seven-game winning streak.
The Brewers scored 14 runs in a game for the first time since 2012 and produced 18 hits for the first time since 2014. Chris Carter hit a pair of home runs and Ryan Braun, Domingo Santana and Martin Maldonado enjoyed multi-RBI games of their own to avoid a Miami sweep. Through four innings, the Brewers owned an 11-1 lead, and already had season highs for runs and hits.
"Braun and Carter have been real run producers for us," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "They've certainly been driving the bus for us offensively, those two guys."
Neither starting pitcher recorded a strikeout. Peralta surrendered five earned runs and saw his ERA rise to 7.50 after six starts. Marlins counterpart Tom Koehler took the loss after allowing eight earned runs in 2 1/3 innings.
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Slump-busters: Carter was in an 0-for-13 funk before he connected with a Koehler fastball in the third inning for a 412-foot, two-run homer to right-center field. Carter cleared the fence again an inning later, though this time just barely. His line drive along the left-field line snuck over the wall for Carter's 12th career multi-homer game. Including a double in the eighth, 17 of Carter's 22 hits this season have gone for extra bases.
"It's pretty clear how he impacts the baseball when he hits it," Counsell said. "His most impressive at-bat might have been [a flyout] in the first inning. It felt like it went out of the stadium and back into the stadium. He's in a good place offensively."
Roughed up: When the third inning was said and done, Marlins pitchers Koehler and Cody Ege had faced 12 batters and had thrown 60 combined pitches in Milwaukee's seven-run frame. Koehler retired Santana to start the inning, but he allowed six consecutive Brewers to reach. Ege came on and walked Maldonado to force in a run. After Peralta hit a sacrifice fly, Santana singled home a run and Jonathan Villar doubled in another before Braun flew out to finally end the inning. Koehler, who threw 42 pitches in the third, endured the shortest start of his career and the second-most earned runs he has allowed.
"I didn't give the team a chance to win," Koehler said. "I expect a lot more from myself. I felt like that was a flat out embarrassing performance." More >
No quality: When the Marlins struck for three runs in the fifth, they denied Peralta an opportunity to log the Brewers' sixth quality start in the team's 24 games this season. Peralta's final line -- 5 2/3 innings, 13 hits, five earned runs, one walk, one home run -- marked an inauspicious start on the heels of the worst opening month of pitching in Brewers history.
Staying hot: Marlins third baseman Martin Prado collected three more hits to move past Cardinals shortstop Aledmys Diaz for the Major League lead in batting average at .410. The 32-year-old is 32-for-77 on the season. Despite losing the series finale, Miami pounded a season-high 16 hits.
"I thought our whole team -- really the quality of our at-bats up and down have been really good on this trip," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "Guys have played good baseball. You don't want to end a trip like this. But, honestly, our goal is to win every series. We were able to win the series. It would've been nice to put a little cherry on the top of this trip, but it's actually a really good trip for us."
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Before Sunday, the Brewers had not won a game without striking out a single opposing hitter since an 8-1 win over the Yankees on June 17, 1994, when Cal Eldred pitched a complete game on three hits. The Brewers' last such win at home was a year prior to that, on May 9, 1993, against the Twins.
WHAT'S NEXT Marlins: After an off-day Monday, Justin Nicolino will take the mound when Miami opens a nine-game homestand against the D-Backs at 7:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday. Called up from Triple-A New Orleans last Wednesday, Nicolino tossed 7 2/3 scoreless innings against the Dodgers that same night.
Brewers: Former manager Ron Roenicke comes to town as part of the Angels' coaching staff for a three-game Interleague Series beginning on Monday. This week marks one year since the Brewers dismissed Roenicke and replaced him with Craig Counsell. Jimmy Nelson starts the series opener for Milwaukee, which begins at 6:20 p.m. CT as an ode to the team's flagship radio station, 620 AM WTMJ.