The Brewers look for a fourth straight victory overall and their 10th in a row over the Marlins on Tuesday afternoon at Miller Park.
Miami (38-41) had won four in a row, but could not hold an early three-run lead and lost 6-5 in Monday's series opener. Pinch-hitter Norichika Aoki delivered the go-ahead run for Milwaukee with a safety squeeze in the eighth inning to help the Brewers win their third in a row since losing five of six."My confidence in (Aoki) is really good," said Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke , whose team has won nine of 12 at Miller Park. "I know he's going to get the job done."
The Brewers (37-42), who won four straight May 28-31, are averaging 6.0 runs during their nine-game winning streak over the Marlins that dates to a 4-0 home loss Sept. 25, 2010. That is also Miami's only victory in its last 11 games in Milwaukee, where it's dropped five in a row.
Struggling Milwaukee second baseman Rickie Weeks went 1 for 2 with an RBI and scored Monday's eventual winning run. The former All-Star is batting .187 this season, but he is 9 for 22 (.409) with five RBIs in his last six games against the Marlins.
Marco Estrada (0-3, 4.50 ERA) takes the mound for the Brewers in his second start since coming off the disabled list from a quadriceps strain. The right-hander, who missed almost a month with the injury, returned last Tuesday and gave up three runs - all on a homer - and struck out a career-high 12 in six innings of a 4-3 loss at Cincinnati.
Despite the home run, Roenicke was encouraged by Estrada's return.
"Really good," Roenicke told the Brewers' official website. "Good command, great change of speeds."
Estrada has made five appearances against the Marlins, but in his only start versus Miami he allowed five runs and walked three in 2 1-3 innings of an 11-3 loss Sept. 12, 2009, while with Washington.
Justin Ruggiano , who singled in his only career at-bat versus Estrada, stayed hot Monday by hitting a two-run homer and driving in four runs for Miami. The outfielder is 9 for 17 with seven RBIs in his last five games.
"As long as he plays like that, he's going to be out there," manager Ozzie Guillen told the Marlins' official website.
Miami starter Anibal Sanchez (4-6, 3.94) looks for a second straight win in this contest. The right-hander was 0-3 with an 8.06 ERA in his previous four starts before he allowed three runs in seven innings of a 5-3 win over St. Louis on Wednesday.
"If I keep the score close, I think they can pick me up," Sanchez said.
He is 2-1 with a 4.73 ERA in six career starts versus Milwaukee.
|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) -- Aramis Ramirez turned expectation into reality.
Ramirez hit a two-out, two-run homer off Heath Bell in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift the Milwaukee Brewers to a 13-12 win over the Miami Marlins on Tuesday.
"When a guy throws that hard, all you got to do is hit it," said Ramirez, who also doubled in the third.
Down 9-2 in the seventh, the Marlins rallied and then took the lead in the 10th. Ramirez's sixth career game-ending homer wrecked Miami's comeback.
"He just squared up and hit it out," Bell said. "He hit it good."
Livan Hernandez (2-1) pitched the 10th and picked up the win despite giving up the go-ahead run. He struck out John Buck and retired Scott Cousins on a flyball before Jose Reyes homered into the second tier above the Marlins' bullpen in right.
Bell (2-4) came on in the bottom of the 10th looking for his 18th save in 22 chances. He had not allowed a run in his last 13 games against the Brewers.
Carlos Gomez drew a leadoff walk to begin the rally. With one out, Ryan Braun , who hit a three-run homer in a six-run sixth, struck out while Gomez stole second.
Ramirez followed with his home run as the Brewers matched a season high with a four-game winning streak.
"That would have a hard one to lose," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "It was a hard one to win, it would have been really hard to lose."
The Brewers beat the Marlins for the 10th straight game.
"I feel bad for the other 24 guys," Bell said after his fifth blown save. "There's no worse feeling than letting your teammates down."
Justin Ruggiano , Logan Morrison , Buck and Cousins all homered for the Marlins, who scored nine runs off four relievers in the seventh and eighth innings after Milwaukee starter Marco Estrada held them in check and left with a 9-2 lead.
In the seventh, the Marlins chased Jose Veras with three runs, including Ruggiano's leadoff home run.
Then in the eighth, the Marlins batted around and scored six runs. Kameron Loe got just one out and allowed four runs, highlighted by Buck's two-run homer.
Francisco Rodriguez relieved Loe and allowed Cousins' homer. Reyes doubled, advanced on a throwing error and scored on Greg Dobbs ' sacrifice fly to tie it at 11.
"We have to get our bullpen straightened out," Roenicke said. "I hope it's not their confidence is slipping a little bit because they can really pitch. We need to get it together."
The collapse cost Estrada his first win of the season. It was the right-hander's second start since coming off the disabled list with a right quadriceps strain.
He settled down after allowing two runs in the first inning. He gave up Donovan Solano 's single and Morrison's two-run homer.
Estrada led off the Brewers' three-run third inning with a double, moved up on a single by Gomez and scored when Norichika Aoki singled.
Braun followed with a single before Ramirez lifted a high fly ball to deep center. Ruggiano deked Aoki into holding near second. When the ball bounced off the wall, Aoki sprinted toward third with Braun running full speed just a few steps behind. Aoki scored standing while Braun immediately slid in after him.
The Brewers added six runs in the sixth, highlighted by Braun's NL-leading 23rd home run and Corey Hart 's solo shot off Miami starter Anibel Sanchez.
"Obviously, we were ready to celebrate, but we got punched in the stomach," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said.
NOTES: Hart's 16th home run was caught by Hernandez, who tracked the ball and snagged it in the Brewers bullpen. ... The game last 4 hours, 28 minutes. ... Miami 3B Hanley Ramirez was supposed to get the game off to rest his sore right knee. He came into the game in the bottom of the ninth.