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Home runs power Gallardo, Brewers past Marlins

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MILWAUKEE -- Corey Hart is disappointed the Milwaukee Brewers struggled early and never regained enough ground to join the postseason chase. But his personal achievements during a wild season have helped wipe away some of that frustration.

"I definitely have a smile on my face every time I come here," said Hart, who reached 30 home runs for the first time in his career Thursday night.

Hart hit one of three Milwaukee home runs and Yovani Gallardo added another win to his strong September, leading the Brewers to an 8-3 victory against the Florida Marlins.

Rickie Weeks and Prince Fielder added back-to-back home runs in the seventh on the first three pitches of reliever Sandy Rosario's major-league debut.

Gallardo (14-7) gave up three runs in 6 2/3 innings, improving to 3-0 with a 1.95 ERA and 25 strikeouts in four September starts, and impressed Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez.

"He's amazing," Rodriguez said. "It's the first time I've seen him pitch live. He threw one pitch to Logan Morrison that we're still trying to figure out what pitch it was."

Probably a slider, something Gallardo has been working on extensively this season. Brewers manager Ken Macha says it's now the ace's best breaking pitch.

Morrison, a rookie, just stopped swinging at Gallardo's pitches. That helped him draw a walk that extended his streak of reaching base safely to 42 games, tying the best mark in the majors this season as his cancer-stricken father watched from the stands.

"It would've felt better if we won the game," Morrison said. "I got away from my plan a little bit and that's what happens when you don't stick to your approach. It's a learning process."

It's been a learning process for Hart, too.

After struggling late in the 2008 season and for most of 2009, he had a disappointing spring training and bristled when he wasn't in the team's starting lineup on opening day.

Since then, he has regained his starting role in right field with a torrid summer that included an All-Star nod and a $26.5 million, three-year contract extension signed in August.

Along the way, he has set new career highs in home runs and RBI (96).

"A lot of it is sometimes it takes your ego getting squished a little bit to find that fire and to fight back," Hart said. "I think all it was for me was just to be able to realize that things had to change, and I had to lose that pride a little bit."

After Hart connected off Anibal Sanchez (12-11) in the first, the Brewers tacked on four more runs against the right-hander and chased him on Gallardo's two-run single that made it 5-0 in the sixth.

Gallardo allowed three runs in the seventh, leaving with two outs after he walked Morrison to extend his streak. In the bottom of the inning, Weeks hit his 28th home run and Fielder his 31st off Rosario.

"You know what I like about him? He was throwing strikes," Rodriguez said. "He came in and was facing the middle of the order, very good hitters. I threw him in there right in the middle of something. We knew it was a tough task for him."

Florida (76-76) is trying to finish with a winning record and will be mathematically eliminated from the playoff chase unless the Marlins win their final 10 games, the Braves lose their final nine and multiple other scenarios play out.

Milwaukee was eliminated earlier this week and hasn't played a factor in the race all season, only two years after winning the NL wild card. Gallardo and the rest of the Brewers have accepted that they squandered another opportunity after a nine-game losing streak in May put them in a deep hole.

"That's how baseball is. We can't control certain things," Gallardo said. "It was just unfortunate things didn't work out for us this year."

Morrison had gone 0 for 3 before his walk that tied Yankees slugger Mark Teixeira for the longest streak in the majors this season. Morrison is four games from the Marlins record held by Luis Castillo.

"There's been way longer ones in the past," Morrison said. "Not this year, but, I don't know. I really don't know what to say."

Morrison's father, Tom, was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer in April. He saw his son play in the majors for the first time last month in New York.

His doctors ordered him not to fly, so he traveled 1,000 miles by train from Slidell, La., and plans to attend the final series of the season in Miami that begins next week.

Notes

  • Brewers LF Ryan Braun (elbow) was out of the lineup and is day-to-day after being hit by a pitch on Wednesday night.
  • Marlins SS Hanley Ramirez (left elbow) missed his second successive game. Rodriguez said it doesn't make sense to attempt to bring him back with 10 games left unless he shows significant improvement. Ramirez is hitting .300 with 21 home runs, 76 RBI and 32 steals this year.
 
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Prince Fielder admires his 31st home run of the season, which puts the game away in the seventh inning.  (AP)
Prince Fielder admires his 31st home run of the season, which puts the game away in the seventh inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Milwaukee

C. Hart
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
Florida

D. Uggla
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Florida Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Cameron Maybin, CF4111120 .231
Ozzie Martinez, SS5000014 .167
Logan Morrison, LF4000110 .302
Dan Uggla, 2B4021000 .288
Gaby Sanchez, 1B4000023 .281
Chad Tracy, 3B3010102 .240
Mike Stanton, RF4120022 .244
Brad Davis, C4120013 .241
Anibal Sanchez, P1000010 .111
    Burke Badenhop, P0000000 .000
   a- Scott Cousins, PH1000012 .250
    Sandy Rosario, P0000000 .000
   b- Wes Helms, PH1000001 .230
    Jose Ceda, P0000000 .000
Totals35382311  
a-struck out for Badenhop in the 7th
b-hit into fielder's choice for Rosario in the 8th
Batting
SH - Anibal Sanchez (6)
RBI - Cameron Maybin (27), Dan Uggla (99)
2-OUT RBI - Dan Uggla (37)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Mike Stanton 1
DP - Martinez-G. Sanchez
E - Brad Davis (4, Throwing)
Florida Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Anibal Sanchez (L,12-11) 5.11055061 3.60
Burke Badenhop 0.2000000 4.13
Sandy Rosario 1533002 27.00
Jose Ceda 1000110 6.75
HBP - Gamel (by Anibal Sanchez)
Pitches-Strikes - Anibal Sanchez 95-69, Burke Badenhop 7-5, Sandy Rosario 27-19, Jose Ceda 15-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Anibal Sanchez 5-5, Sandy Rosario 1-1, Jose Ceda 1-0
Batters Faced - Anibal Sanchez 27, Burke Badenhop 2, Sandy Rosario 7, Jose Ceda 3
Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Lorenzo Cain, CF4000103 .271
Corey Hart, RF5232003 .281
Rickie Weeks, 2B5122031 .271
Prince Fielder, 1B4111011 .267
Casey McGehee, 3B4230010 .285
Mat Gamel, LF2000021 .214
    Carlos Gomez, PR-LF1110000 .239
Jonathan Lucroy, C4021003 .261
Luis Cruz, SS4120002 .286
Yovani Gallardo, P3012001 .262
    Kameron Loe, P0000000 .000
   a- Joe Inglett, PH1000001 .248
    Manny Parra, P0000000 .182
    Todd Coffey, P0000000 .000
Totals37815817  
a-grounded out for Loe in the 7th
Batting
2B - Casey McGehee (35, Rosario)
3B - Luis Cruz (1, Sanchez)
HR - Corey Hart (30, Sanchez), Rickie Weeks (28, Rosario), Prince Fielder (31, Rosario)
RBI - Corey Hart 2 (96), Rickie Weeks 2 (81), Prince Fielder (78), Jonathan Lucroy (21), Yovani Gallardo 2 (10)
2-OUT RBI - Corey Hart (38), Rickie Weeks (36)
SB - Corey Hart (7, 3rd base off Sanchez/Davis)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Lorenzo Cain (2, Misplayed grounder)
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Yovani Gallardo (W,14-7) 6.2733290 3.57
Kameron Loe (H,20) 0.1100000 2.98
Manny Parra 1000120 5.17
Todd Coffey 1000000 4.47
WP - Yovani Gallardo (7)
Pitches-Strikes - Yovani Gallardo 110-70, Kameron Loe 7-5, Manny Parra 18-9, Todd Coffey 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Yovani Gallardo 5-7, Manny Parra 1-0, Todd Coffey 3-0
Batters Faced - Yovani Gallardo 30, Kameron Loe 2, Manny Parra 4, Todd Coffey 3
Game Information
Attendance - 31212
Game Time - 2:50
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - D.J. Reyburn, First Base - Scott Barry, Second Base - Jerry Meals, Third Base - Dale Scott