MIAMI -- For the first time in three weeks, Ben Sheets gave his manager plenty of reasons to let him pitch deep into the game.
Sheets struck out 10 in his first win in six starts, and the Milwaukee Brewers scored the go-ahead run in the ninth inning on catcher Paul Lo Duca's error on a play at the plate in a 3-2 victory over the Florida Marlins on Monday night.
"That was outstanding. Benny's getting back to top-notch form," Brewers manager Ned Yost said. "He was throwing strikes with good stuff and that's why we left him out there as long as we did."
Sheets even played an important role in the ninth inning rally as Milwaukee won their fourth in five and eighth in 12 games.
With the score tied 2-all, Milwaukee's Chad Moeller led off the ninth with a single off Todd Jones (1-3) that glanced off shortstop Alex Gonzalez's glove. Pinch-runner Trent Durrington stole second and advanced to third on Sheets' sacrifice. Brady Clark hit a grounder to Gonzalez, who threw home with plenty of time to get Durrington. But Lo Duca couldn't hold the ball when he applied the tag and the Brewers went ahead 3-2.
"That was a break for us because Lo Duca makes that play more often than not," Durrington said.
Jones wasn't upset with Lo Duca.
"They don't yell at me when I hang breaking balls so I don't ever say anything, because they've saved so many more runs than they've let in," Jones said. "Paul feels worse than anybody but he's helped me to get back to where I was a few years ago, so that's all right with me."
Sheets (4-6) gave up a leadoff single to Juan Pierre before being removed for closer Derrick Turnbow. Sheets allowed four hits and two runs in eight-plus innings for his first win since June 18 at Toronto, ending a string of five consecutive no-decisions.
"I'm pretty pleased," Sheets said. "That's the first time I've been this upbeat after a start in a long time."
Luis Castillo, Turbow's first batter, bunted safely to put runners on first and second. Pierre advanced to third on Miguel Cabrera's fly to right and the crowd of 24,207 roared as Carlos Delgado stepped up to the plate.
Delgado grounded to first baseman Lyle Overbay, who threw home to defensive replacement Damian Miller, who applied the tag on the ensuing rundown.
Juan Encarnacion followed with a sharply hit grounder, but second baseman Rickie Weeks made a diving stop and his throw to first just beat Encarnacion's headfirst dive for the final out.
"We put ourselves in the position to tie up the game and win, and we just came up a little bit short," Pierre said.
Turnbow notched his 16th save in 18 opportunities.
"That was quite a ninth inning," Turnbow said. "The tide seemed to turn for both teams so many times."
Chris Magruder hit a two-out single off Marlins rookie Scott Olsen in the sixth. Magruder stole second and scored to tie it at 2-2 on J.J. Hardy's RBI single.
Carlos Lee increased his major-league lead with his 73rd RBI in the first to give the Brewers an early lead. Rickie Weeks drew a one-out walk and, one our later, scored on Lee's double to the left-field corner.
Delgado hit his team-leading 16th homer with two outs in the fourth, a two-run shot that gave the Marlins a 2-1 lead.
Olsen held Milwaukee to two hits over the next four innings before giving up three consecutive two-out hits in the sixth, including Hardy's tying RBI single.
The rookie left-hander struck out eight in his second major-league start, allowing six hits and two runs in 5 2/3 innings. Olsen, who struck out seven while winning his major-league debut in Tampa Bay on June 25, has 15 strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings as a starter.
Lee tied Jeromy Burnitz for the second-most RBI by a Brewers hitter prior to the All-Star break. Burnitz also had 73 RBI before the break in 1999 and Greg Vaughn set the team mark with 75 RBI in 1996. ... Milwaukee won for just the 11th time in 37 Fourth of July games. ... Magruder started in place of Geoff Jenkins, who was removed from manager Ned Yost's original lineup to rest a bruised shin. ... Olsen, who threw 68 of 108 pitches for strikes, was nearly hit by Gonzalez's foul ball as he stood in the on-deck circle before his first at-bat in the third.
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|Brady Clark, CF||4||0||1||0||1||0||0||.316|
|Rickie Weeks, 2B||4||1||0||0||1||2||4||.263|
|Bill Hall, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||1||5||.276|
|Carlos Lee, LF||4||0||1||1||0||0||0||.271|
|Wes Helms, 1B||3||0||0||0||0||3||1||.278|
|a- Lyle Overbay, PH-1B||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.278|
|Chris Magruder, RF||4||1||2||0||0||1||0||.238|
|J.J. Hardy, SS||4||0||1||1||0||1||2||.190|
|Chad Moeller, C||4||0||2||0||0||1||0||.205|
|Trent Durrington, PR||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||.400|
|Damian Miller, C||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.271|
|Ben Sheets, P||2||0||0||0||1||1||2||.000|
|Derrick Turnbow, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-walked for Helms in the 8th|
|2B - Brady Clark (18, Olsen), Carlos Lee (22, Olsen)|
|SH - Ben Sheets (4)|
|RBI - Carlos Lee (73), J.J. Hardy (17)|
|2-OUT RBI - Carlos Lee (27), J.J. Hardy (8)|
|SB - Chris Magruder (2, 2nd base off Olsen/Lo Duca), Trent Durrington (2, 2nd base off T. Jones/Lo Duca)|
|CS - Brady Clark (10, 2nd base by T. Jones/Lo Duca)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Helms|
|Ben Sheets (W,4-6)||8||4||2||2||1||10||1||3.49|
|Derrick Turnbow (S,16)||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||2.57|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ben Sheets 105-71, Derrick Turnbow 10-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ben Sheets 6-7, Derrick Turnbow 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Ben Sheets 28, Derrick Turnbow 4|
|Juan Pierre, CF||4||1||2||0||0||0||0||.265|
|Luis Castillo, 2B||3||0||1||0||1||2||0||.338|
|Miguel Cabrera, LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.336|
|Carlos Delgado, 1B||4||1||1||2||0||1||0||.299|
|Juan Encarnacion, RF||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.279|
|Paul Lo Duca, C||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.300|
|Mike Lowell, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||2||0||.216|
|Alex Gonzalez, SS||3||0||1||0||0||2||0||.278|
|Scott Olsen, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Nate Bump, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Jeff Conine, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.255|
|Jim Mecir, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Guillermo Mota, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.000|
|b- Lenny Harris, PH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.333|
|Todd Jones, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-grounded out for Bump in the 6th|
|b-announced for Mota in the 8th|
|HR - Carlos Delgado (16, Sheets)|
|RBI - Carlos Delgado 2 (59)|
|2-OUT RBI - Carlos Delgado 2 (25)|
|SB - Juan Pierre (22, 2nd base off Sheets/Moeller), Alex Gonzalez (4, 2nd base off Sheets/Moeller)|
|Team LOB - 3|
|E - Paul Lo Duca (4, )|
|Todd Jones (L,1-3)||1||1||1||0||0||1||0||1.29|
|Pitches-Strikes - Scott Olsen 108-68, Nate Bump 3-3, Jim Mecir 13-8, Guillermo Mota 12-5, Todd Jones 16-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Olsen 4-5, Jim Mecir 2-0, Guillermo Mota 2-1, Todd Jones 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Scott Olsen 26, Nate Bump 1, Jim Mecir 3, Guillermo Mota 4, Todd Jones 4|
|Attendance - 24207|
|Game Time - 2:35|
|Temperature - 89|
|Umpires - Home - Jim Reynolds, First Base - Wally Bell, Second Base - John Hirschbeck, Third Base - Kerwin Danley|