MILWAUKEE (Ticker) --
did just enough not to waste another strong effort from rookie
Looper got out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the ninth inning as the
for the seventh straight meeting, 6-5.
homered for the Marlins, who have won 12 of 18 overall and handed the Brewers a fourth consecutive defeat after a season-high four-game winning streak.
Florida held a 6-4 advantage entering the ninth but Looper promptly loaded the bases while getting just one out.
After Looper struck out pinch hitter
hit a ground ball into the hole that eluded third baseman
to score. But shortstop
stopped the ball from reaching the outfield, preventing the tying run from scoring.
Looper then induced
to ground into a force play at second to end the contest and record his 12th save.
"It was a nail-biter here at the end," Marlins manager Jack McKeon said. "We didn't want to get down and that crew, they can pop one out on you real fast."
"You don't want to go like that every night but all that matters is we got the 'W,'" Looper said.
Willis (5-1) allowed three runs and eight hits in 6 2/3 innings for his fourth straight victory.
"He pitched very well," McKeon said of Willis. "He's got great poise for a 21-year-old. He could be Rookie of the Year. If he keeps going like this, he could make the All-Star team."
"I don't even look at what I'm going to wear tomorrow, so that's way too far down the line for me," Willis said about possibly making the All-Star team.
Willis struck out five batters and walked just one.
"That kid had some pretty good stuff," Brewers manager
said. "He comes right at you. He was banging his strikes and made it tough on us."
Castillo gave Florida the lead for good with a two-run homer against
(3-5) in the top of the first.
The Marlins opened up a 4-0 advantage one inning later on an RBI triple by Gonzalez and a run-scoring bunt single by
"When you go down 4-0 in the second, it lulls the team right to sleep," Franklin said. "I take full responsibility for that."
Lee's solo shot in the top of the seventh against
made it 6-1.
Milwaukee got a two-run double by pinch hitter
in the bottom half and a sacrifice fly by
in the eighth.
Franklin lasted just 4 2/3 innings after giving up four runs and six hits. He walked five batters and striking out just two.
"He labored from the first pitch on but he did everything he could to keep us in the game," Yost said.
"I let the leadoff guys get on and that's where I got hurt," Franklin said. "I made some pitches that were close but were on the other side of close."