Florida posted its fifth victory in its final at-bats and league-leading sixth comeback victory. It has won twice in 12 games when trailing after seven innings, a situation in which the Marlins were 4-69 last season.
"This was an important win," Florida manager
said. "The guys believe that they can win, and the more you go out and do it, the more you think you can."
"We're playing to the end," catcher
added. "Baseball is a long game and we're playing hard."
Florida trailed, 4-1, in the eighth before
's one-out single scored Encarnacion with the tying run.
Encarnacion collected three hits, none bigger than his single off rookie
(0-1) that completed the comeback.
"It's important to keep winning," Encarnacion said. "If you keep doing it several times, you gain confidence. You just want to give yourself a chance and stay in the game."
"This is now a confident team," Marlins closer
added. "We've lost some tough games in the past few years. But this is a new year and you start from day one. The way things are going now, we feel that if it's close, we're going to win it."
(2-0) gave up two hits in the 12th but notched his second win in as many games as Florida posted its second straight comeback victory over Milwaukee.
Florida had eight hits in seven innings off Brewers starter
. But a single by
and a double by Castillo chased the lefthander in the eighth.
relieved Rusch and retired Rodriguez on a RBI groundout. But he gave up a triple to Encarnacion and Lowell's first hit in 13 at-bats.
"They're an aggressive team," Rusch said. "A lead is never safe, especially with the way they were hitting the ball. They hit a lot of balls hard early in the game. It was one of those nights when they were eventually going to find holes."
The Marlins had a chance to win in the ninth, but Pierre popped out and Castillo grounded out, stranding pinch runner
While Florida was squandering chances to push across a run, the Brewers did little. Looper struck out the side in the 10th and
bounced into an inning-ending double play in the 11th.
delivered an RBI triple in the first to open the scoring for Milwaukee, then scored on
' double in the fourth to make it 2-0.
's RBI single made it a one-run game through four. But the Brewers scored twice in the eighth off reliever
's error plated Sanchez and Helms lifted a sacrifice fly.
Rusch allowed three runs and 10 hits in seven-plus innings, while Florida starter
gave up two runs and six hits in seven frames.