Fielder singled in the go-ahead run in the 13th inning, tying a team record by reaching base for the seventh time, and the Brewers beat the Florida Marlins 3-2 Wednesday in the completion of the first suspended game caused by Major League Baseball's rules change.
The game was suspended with the score 2-2 after 10 innings and three rain delays Tuesday night that totaled 1 hour, 42 minutes. Before this year, it would have become an official tie game and would have been replayed from the start. But under the rules change made during the offseason, it was picked up where the teams left off.
"It's good rule, it really is," Florida manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "I would have hated to come out here with the way the pitching is and played two games."
Fielder had three singles, a double and three walks. He tied the team record set by Kevin Reimer, who was 6-for-6 with a walk against Oakland on August 24, 1993.
"He goes out there and does his part," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. "He tries to do his business and not carry too much of the load."
Renyel Pinto (0-1), who lost in his first major league decision, relieved to start the 13th and walked Rickie Weeks leading off. Weeks advanced on Craig Counsell's sacrifice and J.J. Hardy's groundout, then scored on Fielder's hit to right.
"That game was like getting all your teeth pulled out," Yost said. "The guys persevered and stayed after it. They found a way to get it done."
Elmer Dessens (1-0) pitched a scoreless 12th for his first victory for the Brewers. Cody Ross doubled with one out in the bottom half of the 13th against Francisco Cordero, but Alfredo Amezaga lined to shortstop J.J. Hardy, who doubled up Ross for a game-ending double play.
On Tuesday, Hardy tied the score for Milwaukee with a one-out RBI double in the ninth off Jorge Julio, who has blown both of his save chances this year. Florida had taken a 2-1 lead on Dan Uggla's sacrifice fly in the fifth.
Marlins starter Rick Vanden Hurk, brought up from the minors earlier in the day, made his major league debut and allowed one run and five hits in 4 2-3 innings with five strikeouts and three walks. He did not return after the first rain delay.
"I was a little nervous my first time out there, but once I got a couple of outs I settled down a little bit and felt better throwing the ball," Vanden Hurk said. "Of course you want to go out there as long as possible, Once you get out there, you want to stay there. I'll probably be more settled down next time."
Vanden Hurk, whose parents were in the stands, was only the second pitcher from the Netherlands to start a major league game. Bert Blyleven became the first in 1970 and won 287 games over a 22-year career. Winn Remmerswaal pitched 22 games in relief during a two-season stretch with the Boston Red Sox in 1979-80.
In his first start since the Brewers acquired him from Arizona in the offseason, Claudio Vargas gave up two runs and five hits in five innings, striking out nine.
Mike Jacobs' RBI single put Florida ahead in the first, but Corey Hart's sacrifice fly tied the score in the fourth.'
- Alejandro De Aza increased his hitting streak to eight with a double in the seventh, matching the best by a Marlins rookie to start the season.
- Hanley Ramirez also hit in eight straight at the beginning of 2006.
- Vargas' nine strikeouts matched a career best, set against Houston on Aug. 2, 2005.
- Milwaukee's Johnny Estrada was 1-for-7 with 11 left on base.
- Florida's Dan Uggla is 6-for-11 in his last three games after starting the season 2-for-21.