MIAMI (AP) — Jesús Aguilar, Jorge Soler and Brian Anderson scored and the Miami Marlins beat the Milwaukee Brewers 9-3 on Saturday night.
Miami starter Trevor Rogers threw 5 1/3 innings of a one run ball. Rogers (2-4) allowed five hits, hit out eight and batted a batsman.
A day after Avisaíl García left early due to stomach problems, he scored twice for the Marlins, who slipped home in five games.
“I think we have a great team here with the right parts to compete,” Aguilar said. “You guys will see. You will see that we are positive and stay together. We will be in good shape at the end of the season.”
Solo home runs from Aguilar and Soler and Anderson’s shot from two runs against Milwaukee starter Eric Lauer in the fourth helped the Marlins close a 1-0 deficit. Blasts from Aguilar and Soler started the inning while Anderson made the connection after Jesús Sánchez hit a two-out single.
“It’s kind of what we expected, barrels, balls in the gap, baserunner on the move,” Anderson said.
The Marlins extended their lead in the sixth with Miguel Rojas’ two-time double and a fielder choice from Garrett Cooper, who scored Rojas from third. García was also racing home from second after Milwaukee second baseman Luis Urías made a mistake on Anderson’s grounder.
There was a brief innings delay for a rules review due to the umpiring crew having to check the count during Sánchez’s plate performance. Home plate umpire Bill Welke also threw out Marlins, who hit coach Marcus Thames before Sánchez finished his move.
“If you’re really watching this game, he didn’t really swing, but it looks like he does if you’re not watching him with that move,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said of the field to Sánchez, who took the verification forced. “We’ve seen it enough, but when you watch it in real time, you’re like, ‘It looks a bit weird, doesn’t it?’ And then they just messed up the count.”
Lauer (3-1) was rapped after five innings. The left-hander allowed four runs, six hits and knocked out seven.
“He made bad pitches and they made him pay for it,” Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said. “Not with singles, but with homers. If you look at all three pitches, they were pitches that he didn’t put where he wanted. It was the middle of their lineup and they put good swings on it.
Willy Adames gave Milwaukee an early advantage with his solo explosion in the first. Adames drove Rogers’ fastball over the wall to the left for his ninth homer.
Hunter Renfroe tied Adames for the team home run lead with a two-run shot on Miami’s Dylan Floro in eighth.
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After hitting just one homer in April, Aguilar was already four deep in the first two weeks of May. Aguilar has also scored one home game in consecutive games. Last season, Aguilar hit 13 homers on the road before hitting his first home game on July 7 against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
“Stay positive, that’s what I’m about,” Aguilar said. “Just go out and compete against each other.”
Former Marlins pitcher Livan Hernández threw the ceremonial first pregame pitch to teammate Charles Johnson. The retired pitcher and catcher were members of the Marlins’ 1997 World Series championship team, celebrated in the weekend series. Hernandez was named World Series MVP after his two wins against Cleveland.
Brewers: RHP Jandel Gustave experienced a right hamstring strain during his first inning of relief in the sixth. … OF Andrew McCutchen (COVID-19 injured list) could return to the next homestand, which begins Monday, provided he meets required protocols, Counsell said.
Marlins: Cooper went at bat after his sixth inning because of a bruised right knee.
RHP Brandon Woodruff (3-2, 5.97) starts Sunday’s series finals for the Brewers and the Marlins start with RHP Elieser Hernández (2-2, 6.37).
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