Coming off another dramatic loss, the Marlins will try to avoid matching their longest road losing streak of the season Wednesday while again attempting to beat the Brewers for the first time since 2010.
Miami (38-42) has lost six in a row as the visitor, one shy of its season-worst road skid April 11-26.
It's not surprising that the slide has extended halfway through this four-game series in Milwaukee, given that the Marlins have dropped 10 in a row to the Brewers (38-42) dating back to September 2010. That includes six losses at Miller Park - most recently Tuesday's heartbreaking 13-12, 10-inning defeat.
After Miami rallied from a six-run deficit in the eighth inning, Jose Reyes hit a go-ahead homer in the 10th. But Heath Bell allowed a two-run walk-off shot to Aramis Ramirez in the bottom of the inning for his fifth blown save.
"Obviously, we were ready to celebrate, but we got punched in the stomach," said manager Ozzie Guillen , who watched Miami waste a three-run lead in a 6-5 loss in the series opener Monday.
Guillen hopes Josh Johnson (5-5, 3.80 ERA) can end the Marlins' losing streaks and continue his success against the Brewers. He's 3-0 with a 3.06 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 32 1-3 innings over five career meetings.
Johnson enters Wednesday's start with a 1.87 ERA in his last five outings, but the right-hander has a 2-2 record in that stretch due to spotty run support. He got plenty of help Friday, when he yielded one run and four hits with six strikeouts in six innings of a 6-2 win over Philadelphia.
"He's our ace for a reason," Guillen said.
Justin Ruggiano 's recent performances have been more surprising. The outfielder had one of Miami's season-high five homers Tuesday and is 11 for 21 with three doubles, two home runs and eight RBIs in his last six games.
Designated for assignment by Tampa Bay in the offseason, Ruggiano is batting .403 since the Marlins got him from Houston on May 26.
The Brewers will be looking for their 11th win in their last 14 home games, and Ryan Braun has five homers and 13 RBIs in his last nine at Miller Park. The All-Star left fielder has three hits in this series, including a three-run homer Tuesday.
Braun has pounded Marlins pitching during the Brewers' winning streak versus Miami, hitting .405 with six homers and 16 RBIs in those 10 games.
Milwaukee may need that production to continue if Randy Wolf (2-6, 5.78) is to get his first win since April 30. He's 0-4 with a 5.34 ERA in his last 11 starts.
The left-hander's latest outing was one of his worst. He surrendered eight runs and nine hits - two homers - in four innings of Friday's 9-3 loss to Arizona.
Despite a 9.19 ERA in his last three starts, Wolf isn't in jeopardy of losing his spot in the rotation.
"It's not even on my mind right now," manager Ron Roenicke told the team's official website. "I'm hoping (Friday) doesn't set him back, because the four previous games, I thought were good. I think he's been throwing the ball really well."
Wolf is 4-12 with a 5.98 ERA in his career against the Marlins, but he's faced them only twice since 2006.
|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) -- Ozzie Guillen described the previous day's loss as a kick in the stomach.
Faced with another gut check, the Miami Marlins and closer Heath Bell responded, rallying to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 7-6 in 10 innings on Wednesday.
Although Guillen hopes the win will kick-start the Marlins, the manager kept his optimism in check.
"Every time I say that, we lose three in a row," Guillen said.
The Marlins got another boost after the game, when the team confirmed that it had acquired slugger Carlos Lee from the Houston Astros .
Miami sent third baseman Matt Dominguez and left-handed pitcher Rob Rasmussen to Houston.
"It's a huge move, I think, the front office, showing people how much we want to win," Guillen said. "They show how much we care about winning this year, they showed the players that they're willing to do anything to help this ballclub."
Hanley Ramirez hit an RBI single off reliever Manny Parra in the 10th inning, and Bell secured his 18th save - one day after he gave up a two-run home run to Milwaukee's Aramis Ramirez in the 10th, allowing the Brewers to win a wild 13-12 game.
"We battled like we did yesterday and we came back," Bell said. "Guys gave us a chance to win. And trust me, I (felt) really bad yesterday and today. But today's a new day."
Hanley Ramirez 's big hit came after the Marlins rallied from a one-run deficit in the ninth, when Gaby Sanchez hit a solo home run off Brewers closer John Axford to tie the game at 6.
But Sanchez is struggling offensively, and was sent to the minors to make room for Lee.
After the Brewers left a pair of runners on base on the bottom of the ninth, Parra got two quick outs to start the 10th. But he gave up a double to Donovan Solano , then Ramirez singled up the middle to give the Marlins the lead.
"It's disappointing," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "I felt we should have won that game today."
Parra (0-3) took the loss, and Wade LeBlanc got the win (1-0).
Axford said the Brewers' beleaguered bullpen still has confidence.
"Everyone's still up and still smiling," Axford said. "It's just unfortunate the way things are going right now."
It was yet another rally for the Marlins after pinch hitter Logan Morrison tied the game in the seventh with a three-run homer off of Brewers starter Randy Wolf .
The Brewers took the lead back in the bottom half of the seventh, when the Marlins intentionally walked Ryan Braun to get to Aramis Ramirez - and Ramirez delivered a single to score Norichika Aoki for a 6-5 lead. Ramirez hit a two-run homer to win Tuesday's game in the 10th inning.
The two teams were coming off a wild 13-12 Brewers victory Tuesday, when Milwaukee blew a big lead before Ramirez won it in the 10th.
Marlins starter Josh Johnson gave up five runs - all of which came in a rough second inning - six hits and three walks in five innings. Johnson hadn't given up more than three runs in a single outing since a May 4 start against San Diego.
Justin Ruggiano hit a solo home run for Miami, his fifth of the season.
Miami took a 1-0 lead in the second on an RBI single by Brett Hayes . But Brewers catcher George Kottaras threw out Gaby Sanchez trying to go from first to third on Hayes' single, ending the inning.
But Johnson got in trouble in the bottom half of the second, allowing a single to Aramis Ramirez and back-to-back walks to Corey Hart and Rickie Weeks to load the bases with no outs. Johnson then walked Kottaras to score a run, tying the game at 1.
Cesar Izturis then singled to center, scoring Hart and keeping the bases loaded. Wolf hit a ground ball back to shortstop but the Marlins couldn't convert a double play as Weeks scored for a 3-1 lead. Aoki then singled, scoring Kottaras for a 4-1 lead.
Morgan singled to load the bases again, this time for Braun with one out. Braun grounded out softly but Wolf scored for a 5-1 lead. Ramirez then flew out to end the inning.
Wolf cruised through six innings before giving up the solo shot to Ruggiano to lead off the seventh, cutting the Brewers' lead to 5-2.
Wolf got Omar Infante to fly out but allowed a walk to Austin Kearns and a single to Sanchez. Wolf struck out Hayes - but Morrison pounded a pitch from Wolf off the facade in center field, tying the game.
Roenicke wanted to give Wolf a chance, after he had been betrayed by his bullpen several times this season.
"It came down to thinking it was Randy's game," Roenicke said.
NOTES: The temperature was 100 degrees at the first pitch. ... Aoki extended his hitting streak to 11 games and made an impressive diving catch to end the Marlins' half of the third. ... Wednesday's attendance was 31,910.