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Fielder hits two of Brewers' four homers to defeat Marlins

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MILWAUKEE -- Prince Fielder said it feels like there are 35 guys on the right side of the field when he comes to bat. That matters little when the left-handed slugger shows his pop.

Fielder hit a pair of two-run homers over the shift and Rickie Weeks and Mike Cameron hit solo shots to rally the Milwaukee Brewers to a 6-3 victory over the Florida Marlins on Tuesday night.

  Brewers sign Catalanotto | Marlins' Proctor done for year

"Pretty much the night belonged to Prince -- three hits, two homers, four RBI," Brewers manager Ken Macha said. "That's pretty much the offense."

It was the first time this season the Brewers hit four homers in a game. Milwaukee has won seven of its last nine and is five games over .500 since a 4-9 start.

Fielder, who had been hitless in his previous 10 at-bats, singled the opposite way in the second and hit his first homer down the right-field line in the fourth inning off starter John Koronka to cut Florida's lead to 3-2.

Weeks tied it with his homer in the fifth and, after Corey Hart singled, Fielder hit a towering shot over the Marlins' bullpen off Koronka (0-1) for his seventh this season to give Milwaukee a 5-3 lead.

Marlins pitching coach Mark Wiley made a visit to the mound just before Fielder hit his second homer.

"He just said, 'Make pitches and be careful here' and obviously I didn't do that," Koronka said. "Two swings of the bat by him cost us the game."

It was Fielder's 14th career multihomer game and the first time he has hit two off a left-handed pitcher since doing it against Phillies starter Cole Hamels on April 23, 2008.

"I feel more comfortable [against left-handers], because I see them more," Fielder said. "It's not getting easier, but because I'm seeing them a lot more it's not such a shock when I do see them."

That was all Brewers starter Manny Parra (2-4) and the bullpen needed although Cameron homered in the eighth.

Parra allowed three runs and six hits in six innings and relievers Carlos Villanueva, Mark DiFelice and Trevor Hoffman didn't allow a baserunner the rest of the way. Hoffman picked up his sixth save.

"Manny deserves to have a game go his way," DiFelice said. "He wasn't getting as much run support, but he was still pitching good games. He got four quick losses. Now he's won two in a row and I think he needed that."

Florida's young starting rotation was thought to be a strength, but injuries have hurt the Marlins, who have lost eight of their last 11.

Koronka, starting in place of Anibal Sanchez (shoulder), was making his first start since May 30, 2007. The 28-year-old left-hander hasn't pitched regularly in the majors since 2006 when he made 23 starts for Texas.

He got a 3-0 lead early when Dan Uggla, who came in hitting .189, had an RBI single in the first and Emilio Bonifacio and Jeremy Hermida added RBI singles in the second.

But Parra, who struck out eight, settled down after three consecutive hits in the second, and the Brewers allowed just two baserunners from the third inning on.

"It's great when you know that they're going to score the runs, you've just got to keep them in the game," Parra said. "It's a team that you just can't keep down too long."

Notes

  • Brewers LF Ryan Braun won the NL Player of the Week award on Monday.
  • Brewers C Mike Rivera (ankle) is expected to be activated from the DL on Thursday.
  • Marlins LHP Andrew Miller (oblique) is set to rejoin the rotation on Saturday. Miller allowed one run in six innings in a rehab start at Double-A Jacksonville on Monday.
  • Marlins RHP Scott Proctor (elbow) is out for the season after having reconstructive elbow surgery.
  • The Brewers signed utilityman Frank Catalanotto to a minor league contract.
 
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Prince Fielder ends the evening with two homers and four RBI for the Brewers.  (AP)
Prince Fielder ends the evening with two homers and four RBI for the Brewers. (AP)

Players of the Game
Milwaukee

P. Fielder
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 2
RBI 4
Florida

E. Bonifacio
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Florida Marlins
Emilio Bonifacio, 3B4221020 .257
Jeremy Hermida, LF4011011 .241
Hanley Ramirez, SS3020010 .357
Jorge Cantu, 1B4000004 .283
Dan Uggla, 2B3011121 .193
Ronny Paulino, C3000013 .256
   a- John Baker, PH1000010 .286
Cody Ross, CF4000011 .207
Brett Carroll, RF2100120 .143
   b- Ross Gload, PH1000000 .238
John Koronka, P1000010 .000
    Burke Badenhop, P0000000 .000
   c- Chris Coghlan, PH1000000 .250
    Carlos Martinez, P0000000 .000
    Hayden Penn, P0000000 .000
Totals31363212  
a-struck out for Paulino in the 9th
b-grounded out for Carroll in the 9th
c-grounded out for Badenhop in the 7th
Batting
2B - Hanley Ramirez (11, Parra)
SH - John Koronka (1)
RBI - Emilio Bonifacio (7), Jeremy Hermida (14), Dan Uggla (20)
2-OUT RBI - Emilio Bonifacio (5), Jeremy Hermida (7), Dan Uggla (10)
SB - Emilio Bonifacio (7, 2nd base off Parra/Kendall)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Bonifacio-Uggla-Cantu
E - Hanley Ramirez (2, Throwing)
Florida Marlins
John Koronka (L,0-1) 4.2755323 9.64
Burke Badenhop 1.1000020 3.38
Carlos Martinez 1.2211111 5.40
Hayden Penn 0.1000010 7.24
HBP - Kendall (by Carlos Martinez)
Pitches-Strikes - John Koronka 92-54, Burke Badenhop 15-9, Carlos Martinez 41-24, Hayden Penn 6-4
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Koronka 5-6, Carlos Martinez 2-2
Batters Faced - John Koronka 23, Burke Badenhop 4, Carlos Martinez 9, Hayden Penn 1
Milwaukee Brewers
Rickie Weeks, 2B5111024 .274
Corey Hart, RF4110000 .262
Ryan Braun, LF4110001 .342
Prince Fielder, 1B4234000 .272
Mike Cameron, CF3111111 .296
J.J. Hardy, SS4020002 .218
Bill Hall, 3B3000121 .283
Jason Kendall, C2000102 .229
Manny Parra, P1000000 .077
   a- Brad Nelson, PH1000010 .000
    Carlos Villanueva, P00000001.000
    Mark DiFelice, P0000000 .000
   b- Chris Duffy, PH0000100 .107
    Trevor Hoffman, P0000000 .000
Totals3169646  
a-struck out for Parra in the 6th
b-walked for DiFelice in the 8th
Batting
2B - J.J. Hardy (4, Koronka)
HR - Rickie Weeks (8, Koronka), Prince Fielder 2 (7, Koronka, Koronka), Mike Cameron (7, Martinez)
SH - Manny Parra (1)
RBI - Rickie Weeks (22), Prince Fielder 4 (29), Mike Cameron (19)
2-OUT RBI - Prince Fielder 2 (12)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Hall-Weeks-Fielder
Milwaukee Brewers
Manny Parra (W,2-4) 6633280 4.82
Carlos Villanueva (H,4) 1000010 5.51
Mark DiFelice (H,3) 1000020 1.08
Trevor Hoffman (S,6) 1000010 0.00
HBP - H. Ramirez (by Manny Parra)
WP - Manny Parra (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Manny Parra 107-65, Carlos Villanueva 10-7, Mark DiFelice 10-9, Trevor Hoffman 12-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Manny Parra 6-3, Carlos Villanueva 2-0, Mark DiFelice 1-0, Trevor Hoffman 1-1
Batters Faced - Manny Parra 26, Carlos Villanueva 3, Mark DiFelice 3, Trevor Hoffman 3
Game Information
Attendance - 29331
Game Time - 2:51
Temperature - 67
Umpires - Home - Angel Campos, First Base - Gary Darling, Second Base - Bruce Dreckman, Third Base - Bill Hohn