Marlins frustrated after victory slips away

Marlins frustrated after victory slips away

Marlins frustrated after victory slips away
MILWAUKEE -- Without their top two power hitters, the Marlins ironically turned in their season-high run total. But it wasn't enough on an agonizing Tuesday afternoon marathon that lasted four hours, 28 minutes.

On a day the Marlins overcame a seven-run deficit to grab the lead in the 10th inning on Jose Reyes' homer off Livan Hernandez, Heath Bell surrendered a two-out, two-run homer to Aramis Ramirez that lifted the Brewers to a 13-12 victory at Miller Park.

The Marlins fell to 38-42, and they've endured some tough losses in a disappointing first half. But perhaps none were more gut-wrenching that the wild affair in 94-degree heat.

"Obviously, you take the win away, and it's like a punch right in your stomach," manager Ozzie Guillen said. "You're ready to celebrate, and then all of a sudden, you get knocked out. We fight. I'm not going to say we did not fight. Yes we did. We fight with a lot of enthusiasm and energy even when we were down.

"But at the end of the day, it's not much of a fight. Win the fight. That's more important. They pay you to win the fight, not to fight good. At the end of the fight, we didn't get it done."

Miami fell behind, 9-2, but stormed back. Had they completed the game with a win, they would have matched a club mark by winning after being down by seven runs. They last did it on July 9, 2009 at Arizona.

Tuesday's was a sloppy, mistake-filled game. For the second straight day, Miami committed three errors, two by Reyes. Four of Milwaukee's runs were unearned.

"I was feeling good about myself to hit the home run because I made two errors," Reyes said. "To put my team in a winning situation was good, but we weren't able to hold onto that win. It's very disappointing."

Bell walked Carlos Gomez to lead off the 10th inning. Gomez stole second when Ryan Braun struck out for the second out. Then Ramirez connected on an 0-1 fastball, belting a no-doubt walk-off homer to center.

"I let everybody down, plain and simple," said Bell, who had a string of 14 consecutive saves snapped. "[Ramirez] just squared it up and hit it out. I left it over the middle a little bit too much. He's a good hitter, and he hits balls out like that. The guys battled back, we made some errors. But we played hard. We didn't give up. It shows good spirit to our team. I just let everybody down, plain and simple."

After meeting with reporters in his office at Miller Park, Guillen walked through the clubhouse making it known that people shouldn't point fingers at Bell.

"Everybody is looking at Bell like he's a ghost," Guillen shouted. "Bell gave up two runs. How about the rest of the [expletive] 10 or 12 runs they scored? That's why this [expletive] game is not [expletive] fair and Ozzie is talking [expletive]. No, I'm talking the truth. People forgot how [expletive] we were before that [expletive] inning. Write that [expletive] down."

The pitching lines weren't pretty, across the board.

Anibal Sanchez gave up six runs (five earned) on 11 hits in five-plus innings. He had a stretch in the second and third innings of allowing eight hits to nine batters. And he was taken deep in the sixth inning by Corey Hart.

Chad Gaudin allowed a three-run homer to Ryan Braun, with the three runs unearned.

Ryan Webb gave up two runs in one-third of an inning.

"That was a very [terrible] big league baseball game," Guillen said. "Both sides. The only good thing about it, for them, is they win it. Very bad. Bad pitching. ... Errors all over the place. We finished off the game the way we started, very bad."

The Marlins have now lost 10 straight to Milwaukee, six in a row at Miller Park, and they have dropped the first two of four in the series. The Brewers also had a streak of 12 consecutive wins in the series from April 3, 1998, to May 5, 1999.

Shortly before the game started, All-Star Giancarlo Stanton and Hanley Ramirez were each scratched from the lineup due to sore right knees. The two have combined for 31 homers and 93 RBIs.

Miami belted five home runs on the afternoon, as Logan Morrison, Justin Ruggiano, John Buck and Scott Cousins also went deep. The last time the Marlins hit that many homers in a game was on Sept. 3, 2011, against the Phillies.

The Marlins were the final team in the Majors this year to score as many as 10 runs. They had reached nine three times, most recently in a 9-0 win on June 24 against the Blue Jays.

Morrison's two-run homer in the first inning gave the Marlins the early edge, but they fell behind, 9-2. And they entered the eighth inning down 11-5, before they scored six times, with one run unearned. The six runs in the inning were their most since having 10 in the third inning on Sept. 9, 2011, at Pittsburgh.

A key play in Miami's six-run eighth came from Gomez, who ran down Morrison's long drive and crashed into the wall. If he didn't hold on, the Marlins would have claimed the lead.

The Brewers capitalized on Reyes' error when he dropped Infante's toss at second base in the sixth inning. The misplay on what would have been a sure forceout, and possibly a double play, meant four of the six runs in the sixth were unearned.

"It's kind of tough to swallow because we battled all game," Reyes said. "We overcome a [seven]-run deficit, and we got the lead, and we were feeling very good about ourselves. Aramis hit the walk-off; that's tough to swallow because we were battling and battling. But we lost it. It's disappointing."

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.