MIAMI (AP) — Jesus Aguilar, Jorge Soler and Brian Anderson homered, and the Miami Marlins beat the Milwaukee Brewers 9-3 on Saturday.
Miami starter Trevor Rogers pitched 5 1/3 innings on 1-run ball. Rogers (2-4) allowed five hits, struck out eight and struck out one batter.
A day after leaving early with an upset stomach, Avisaíl García singled twice for the Marlins, who snapped a five-game home losing streak.
“I think we have a great team here with the right parts to compete,” Aguilar said. “You are going to see it. You will see that we are positive and stick together. At the end of the season we will be in a good place”.
Solo homers by Aguilar and Soler and Anderson’s two-run homer off Milwaukee starter Eric Lauer in the fourth inning helped the Marlins erase a 1-0 deficit. Bombones de Aguilar and Soler led off the inning, while Anderson connected after Jesús Sánchez reached on a two-out single.
“It’s pretty much what we expected, barrels, balls in the gap, baserunners moving,” Anderson said.
The Marlins increased their lead in the sixth on a two-run double by Miguel Rojas and a field pick by Garrett Cooper that scored Rojas from third. Garcia also ran home from second following a fielding error by Milwaukee second baseman Luis Urias on Anderson’s groundout.
There was a brief inning delay for a rules review as the umpiring team needed to verify the count during Sanchez’s plate appearance. Plate umpire Bill Welke also ejected Marlins hitting coach Marcus Thames before Sanchez completed his shift.
“If you really look at that play, he didn’t really swing, but it looks like he does if you’re not looking at it with that motion,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said of the pitch to Sanchez that forced the review. “We’ve seen it enough, but when you watch it in real time, you’re like, ‘Looks kind of funny, right?’ And then they messed up the count.”
Lauer (3-1) was lifted after five innings. The lefty allowed four runs on six hits and struck out seven.
“He threw bad pitches and they made him pay for it,” Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said. “Not with singles but home runs. If you look at the three pitches, they were pitches that he didn’t put where he wanted. It was the middle of his lineup and they gave him some good shots.”
Willy Adames gave Milwaukee an early lead with his solo shot in the first. Adames drove Rogers’ fastball over the wall in left for his ninth home run.
Hunter Renfroe tied Adames for the team home run lead with a two-run shot off Miami reliever Dylan Floro in the eighth.
MAY TO YOUR TASTE
After hitting just one home run in April, Aguilar has already hit four times in the first two weeks of May. Aguilar has also homered in back-to-back games. Last season, Aguilar hit 13 home runs on the road before his first home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 7.
“Keeping a positive attitude, to me, that’s what it’s all about,” Aguilar said. “Just go out there and compete.”
Former Marlins pitcher Livan Hernandez threw out the ceremonial first pitch to teammate Charles Johnson before the game. The retired pitcher and catcher were members of the Marlins’ 1997 World Series championship team, which is held in the weekend series. Hernández was voted World Series MVP after his two wins against Cleveland.
Brewers: RHP Jandel Gustave experienced right hamstring strain during his relief inning in the sixth. … OF Andrew McCutchen (COVID-19 IL) could return for the next stay-at-home start Monday, provided he meets required protocols, Counsell said.
Marlins: Cooper left after his sixth inning at bat with a right knee contusion.
UNTIL NEXT TIME
RHP Brandon Woodruff (3-2, 5.97) will start the series finale for the Brewers on Sunday and the Marlins will start RHP Elieser Hernandez (2-2, 6.37).
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