Greinke will seek to improve to 16-0 all-time at Miller Park and earn his fifth straight victory overall when he faces the resurgent Miami Marlins , losers of eight in a row against Milwaukee.
Greinke (9-2, 2.82 ERA) hasn't pitched at home since June 6, when he struck out a season-high 12 during an 8-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs . He's won each of his last two starts on the road, including an 8-4 victory over Cincinnati on Wednesday in which he gave up two runs over six innings.
Greinke, who has a 1.67 ERA over his last six starts, might have some extra motivation in his return home after being left off the NL's All-Star roster that was named Sunday.
"There's some starters having some great years," manager Ron Roenicke told the Brewers' official website before Sunday's 2-1 victory over Arizona. "But I would expect (Greinke) to make it. ... He's pitching like an All-Star."
Greinke always seems to pitch like an All-Star at Miller Park. The right-hander is 15-0 with a 2.50 ERA in 21 home starts since joining the Brewers (36-42), and will now try to become the third pitcher since 1900 to win his first 16 home decisions for one club. Johnny Allen pulled off that feat for the New York Yankees from 1932-33, and LaMarr Hoyt matched it from 1980-82 for the Chicago White Sox.
Greinke wasn't at his best when he faced the Marlins (38-40) at home Sept. 24, giving up four runs, nine hits and five walks over five innings. He's 2-0 with a 4.50 ERA in three career starts against Miami.
In this one, Greinke will face a club that's won four straight for its longest streak since opening May with a season-high seven consecutive victories.
Miami has batted .301 and posted a 2.25 ERA while winning its last four games by a 19-9 margin. Giancarlo Stanton hit his fifth home run in 10 games during Sunday's 5-2 victory over Philadelphia, and Hanley Ramirez belted his first since June 3.
"We've been waiting for Hanley's big day," manager Ozzie Guillen said.
Stanton and Ramirez will next try to help Carlos Zambrano (4-6, 3.71) end a three-game losing streak. He has a 7.88 ERA over that four-start stretch but was charged with five unearned runs - all in the first inning - in a 5-2 loss to St. Louis on Tuesday. Zambrano committed one of Miami's two errors during the opening frame when his throw to second base went into center field.
Thanks to his time with the Chicago Cubs , the right-hander has a bevy of experience against the Brewers, going 13-10 with a 3.84 ERA in 31 starts. He's lost his last two matchups against Milwaukee.
All of the Marlins' current surge - which has followed a miserable 3-17 stretch - has come at home. They've lost four straight on the road.
|June 30, 2012||Edward Mujica||15-Day DL||Fractured right pinkie toe|
|June 16, 2012||Sandy Rosario||15-Day DL||Strained right quad|
|May 23, 2012||Austin Kearns||15-Day DL||Strained right hamstring|
|May 23, 2012||Austin Kearns||15-Day DL||Strained right hamstring|
|May 19, 2012||Emilio Bonifacio||15-Day DL||Left thumb sprain|
|May 18, 2012||Emilio Bonifacio||Day-to-Day||Left game - left thumb sprain|
|June 15, 2012||Shaun Marcum||15-Day DL||Right elbow tightness|
|June 02, 2012||Aramis Ramirez||Day-to-Day||Left game - strained left quadricep|
|May 31, 2012||Ryan Braun||Day-to-Day||Tight Achilles|
|May 28, 2012||Jonathan Lucroy||15-Day DL||Fractured right hand, out 4-6 weeks|
|May 26, 2012||Cesar Izturis||15-Day DL||Strained left hamstring|
|May 26, 2012||Travis Ishikawa||15-Day DL||Strained left oblique|
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The Milwaukee Brewers had runners on the corners in a tie game when manager Ron Roenicke sent Norichika Aoki to the plate to hit for Cesar Izturis .
Talk about the right move at the right time.
Aoki drove in the go-ahead run with a safety squeeze in the eighth inning and the Brewers beat the Miami Marlins 6-5 on Monday night.
"My confidence in (Aoki) is really good," Roenicke said. "I know he's going to get the job done."
Rickie Weeks sparked the winning rally with a leadoff double. He moved up on Martin Maldonado 's single to right and scored when Aoki greeted Randy Choate with a bunt single.
"I knew that - since they probably knew that a squeeze was coming - I had to get it down even better than what I usually do," Aoki said through an interpreter. "I was just thinking just get the ball down and I was able to do that."
Steve Cishek then replaced Choate and retired the next three batters to give Miami a chance, but John Axford retired the Marlins in order for his 14th save.
Justin Ruggiano hit a two-run homer and finished with a career-high four RBIs for Miami, which had won four straight games. Third baseman Hanley Ramirez had two of the Marlins' three errors.
Zack Greinke allowed five runs and six hits in six innings for Milwaukee, but remained unbeaten in 22 home starts since he was acquired by the Brewers.
"It was a pretty bad outing for me," said Greinke, who is 15-0 with a 2.71 ERA at Miller Park over the last two seasons. "But I got picked up. The guys played really well behind me."
Carlos Gomez homered in the fifth and pinch-hitter Travis Ishikawa came through with a tying two-run single in the sixth, handing a no-decision to Milwaukee's best starter.
Miami right-hander Carlos Zambrano also worked six innings, allowing five runs, three earned, and five hits. He struck out two, walked four and hit a batter.
Miami got off to a nice start. Jose Reyes and Ramirez started the game with consecutive singles and Giancarlo Stanton then walked to load the bases. After Logan Morrison struck out, Ruggiano got the Marlins the lead with a two-run single.
Morrison hit an RBI double in the third before Ruggiano drove a full-count pitch over the wall in left for his third homer, making it 5-2.
Zambrano, who entered with a 13-10 record in 34 career appearances against Milwaukee, hurt himself with a lack of control. He hit Ryan Braun with two down in the first, then walked three consecutive batters to force in a run.
"I made two big mistakes today," Zambrano said. "The pitch to Gomez and the pitch to Ishikawa. That was the whole game."
Greinke added a sacrifice fly in the second to tie it at 2.
Kameron Loe , Francisco Rodriguez (1-4) and Axford combined for three innings of one-hit ball for Milwaukee. Rodriguez worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth and Axford worked a scoreless ninth to record his 14th save.
Ryan Webb (3-2) gave up Weeks' hit and got the loss.
NOTES: The Brewers observed a moment of silence before the game in honor of grounds crew member Jeff Adcock, who suffered a heart attack and died Sunday during a game against Arizona. ... Zambrano hit Braun on the elbow and when the pitcher came to bat in the second, he was buzzed by Greinke, leading to a warning being issued to both benches by plate umpire Derryl Cousins. ... Miami C John Buck was ejected by Cousins in the sixth inning for arguing a check-swing strikeout. ... The Brewers won for the fourth time in five games.