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FLORIDA 4, MILWAUKEE 2
 

MIAMI (Ticker) -- Mark Redman gave the Florida Marlins a different method for its first three-game sweep of the season.

Redman went the distance and yielded just four hits as the Marlins finished their first sweep with a 4-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers .

Florida needed dramatic eighth-inning rallies to win the first two games of the series. But some early offense gave the Marlins a 4-0 lead and Redman did the rest.

"Mark was outstanding," Florida manager Jeff Torborg said. "He showed me the confidence so I wanted to give him the chance to finish it out."

Redman (2-2) notched his fourth career complete game with a masterful 130-pitch effort. The lefthander struck out a career-high 11 batters and walked just one as he dominated from the outset, retiring nine of the first 10 hitters.

"I wanted to really pick up the tempo and pace and work through the game to give those guys in the bullpen a break," Redman said. "I went right after their hitters and tried to stay ahead in the count."

The Marlins scored all the runs they needed with in the second inning. Mike Lowell led off with a double and Derrek Lee singled off Todd Ritchie . Alex Gonzalez followed with a triple to put Florida ahead for good.

Juan Pierre added a two-out RBI double to make it 3-0.

Ritchie (1-2) lasted just five innings and yielded four runs and nine hits for Milwaukee, which fell to 3-8 on the road.

The Brewers were impressed with Redman's outing.

"That was a classic lefthander pitching right there," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. "He kept everybody off-balance. We never got a grasp on what he was doing."

Juan Encarnacion , whose 12th-inning RBI single gave Florida a 5-4 victory on Wednesday, drilled his sixth homer of the year off a 1-2 delivery by Ritchie with one out in the third inning. Encarnacion has hit safely in six straight games.

Redman had his only trouble in the fourth inning. He issued a leadoff walk to Eric Young and Richie Sexson doubled him in. Brady Clark added a sacrifice fly to cut the deficit to 4-2.

The Brewers threatened in the sixth inning when Young led off with a single and stole third and went to third on a throwing error by catcher Ivan Rodriguez with one out. Redman recovered by striking out Geoff Jenkins and Clark to end the threat.

"The key thing was being able to get strikeouts with runners in scoring position," Redman said. "My location was good and I was able to change speeds."

The only hitter Redman had trouble with was Sexson, who was 3-for-4. But the one time Sexson failed was when he popped up after Young's leadoff single in the sixth.

"I was fortunate to get some pitches to hit," Sexson said. "He had it all going tonight. It is effective pitching when you can find spots and he was finding them tonight."

Redman retired eight straight before Sexson led off the ninth with a double. Jenkins grounded out, pinch hitter Eddie Perez fanned and Keith Ginter fouled out to end the game.

"He kept the ball down really well in the late innings and was keeping his location good and not getting behind in too many counts," Rodriguez said. "I got him to throw a lot of inside strikes and worked with him to mix up his pitches."

Florida completed its first three-game sweep of Milwaukee at home since July 23-25, 1999.


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