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Brewers edge Marlins on squeeze bunt

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MILWAUKEE -- The Milwaukee Brewers had runners on the corners in a tie game when manager Ron Roenicke sent Norichika Aoki to the plate to hit for Cesar Izturis.

Talk about the right move at the right time.

Aoki drove in the go-ahead run with a safety squeeze in the eighth inning and the Brewers beat the Miami Marlins 6-5 on Monday night.

"My confidence in [Aoki] is really good," Roenicke said. "I know he's going to get the job done."

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Rickie Weeks sparked the winning rally with a leadoff double. He moved up on Martin Maldonado's single to right and scored when Aoki greeted Randy Choate with a bunt single.

"I knew that -- since they probably knew that a squeeze was coming -- I had to get it down even better than what I usually do," Aoki said through an interpreter. "I was just thinking just get the ball down and I was able to do that."

Steve Cishek then replaced Choate and retired the next three batters to give Miami a chance, but John Axford retired the Marlins in order for his 14th save.

Justin Ruggiano hit a two-run homer and finished with a career-high four RBIs for Miami, which had won four straight games. Third baseman Hanley Ramirez had two of the Marlins' three errors.

Zack Greinke allowed five runs and six hits in six innings for Milwaukee, but remained unbeaten in 22 home starts since he was acquired by the Brewers.

"It was a pretty bad outing for me," said Greinke, who is 15-0 with a 2.71 ERA at Miller Park over the last two seasons. "But I got picked up. The guys played really well behind me."

Carlos Gomez homered in the fifth and pinch-hitter Travis Ishikawa came through with a tying two-run single in the sixth, handing a no-decision to Milwaukee's best starter.

Miami right-hander Carlos Zambrano also worked six innings, allowing five runs, three earned, and five hits. He struck out two, walked four and hit a batter.

Miami got off to a nice start. Jose Reyes and Ramirez started the game with consecutive singles and Giancarlo Stanton then walked to load the bases. After Logan Morrison struck out, Ruggiano got the Marlins the lead with a two-run single.

Morrison hit an RBI double in the third before Ruggiano drove a full-count pitch over the wall in left for his third homer, making it 5-2.

Zambrano, who entered with a 13-10 record in 34 career appearances against Milwaukee, hurt himself with a lack of control. He hit Ryan Braun with two down in the first, then walked three consecutive batters to force in a run.

"I made two big mistakes today," Zambrano said. "The pitch to Gomez and the pitch to Ishikawa. That was the whole game."

Greinke added a sacrifice fly in the second to tie it at 2.

Kameron Loe, Francisco Rodriguez (1-4) and Axford combined for three innings of one-hit ball for Milwaukee. Rodriguez worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth and Axford worked a scoreless ninth to record his 14th save.

Ryan Webb (3-2) gave up Weeks' hit and got the loss.

Notes

  • The Brewers observed a moment of silence before the game in honor of grounds crew member Jeff Adcock, who suffered a heart attack and died Sunday during a game against Arizona.
  • Zambrano hit Braun on the elbow and when the pitcher came to bat in the second, he was buzzed by Greinke, leading to a warning being issued to both benches by plate umpire Derryl Cousins.
  • Miami C John Buck was ejected by Cousins in the sixth inning for arguing a check-swing strikeout.
  • The Brewers won for the fourth time in five games.
 
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After earning a no-decision, Zack Greinke remains unbeaten in 22 home starts since joining the Brewers.  (Getty Images)
After earning a no-decision, Zack Greinke remains unbeaten in 22 home starts since joining the Brewers. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Milwaukee

R. Weeks
AB 2
R 2
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
Miami

J. Ruggiano
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
 
Miami Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Reyes, SS5110010 .268
Hanley Ramirez, 3B4210100 .259
Giancarlo Stanton, RF3010100 .283
Logan Morrison, LF4111014 .235
Justin Ruggiano, CF4124011 .397
Greg Dobbs, 1B3010102 .292
Omar Infante, 2B3000103 .286
John Buck, C3000011 .179
    Brett Hayes, C1000003 .218
Carlos Zambrano, P2000000 .148
   a- Austin Kearns, PH1000010 .271
    Ryan Webb, P0000000 .000
    Randy Choate, P0000000 .000
    Steve Cishek, P0000000 .000
   b- Scott Cousins, PH1000010 .206
Totals3457546  
a-struck out for Zambrano in the 7th
b-struck out for Cishek in the 9th
Batting
2B - Giancarlo Stanton (20, Rodriguez), Logan Morrison (13, Greinke)
HR - Justin Ruggiano (3, Greinke)
RBI - Logan Morrison (28), Justin Ruggiano 4 (13)
PK - Jose Reyes (3, Greinke)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Zambrano-Hayes-Dobbs
E - Greg Dobbs (2, Missed catch of throw), Hanley Ramirez 2 (7, Misplayed grounder)
Miami Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Carlos Zambrano 6553431 4.14
Ryan Webb (L,3-2) 1211000 5.19
Randy Choate0100000 2.49
Steve Cishek 1000020 2.41
HBP - Braun (by Carlos Zambrano), Ramirez (by Ryan Webb)
Pitches-Strikes - Carlos Zambrano 105-66, Ryan Webb 16-9, Randy Choate 1-1, Steve Cishek 9-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Carlos Zambrano 8-7, Ryan Webb 3-0, Steve Cishek 1-0
Batters Faced - Carlos Zambrano 28, Ryan Webb 6, Randy Choate 1, Steve Cishek 3
Milwaukee Brewers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Carlos Gomez, CF5111033 .241
Nyjer Morgan, RF5000012 .229
    John Axford, P0000000 .000
Ryan Braun, LF3110000 .309
Aramis Ramirez, 3B2000101 .261
Corey Hart, 1B3000101 .245
Rickie Weeks, 2B2211210 .187
Martin Maldonado, C4120003 .267
Cesar Izturis, SS3110001 .208
   a- Norichika Aoki, PH-RF1011000 .294
Zack Greinke, P1001000 .172
   b- Travis Ishikawa, PH1012000 .250
    Kameron Loe, P0000000 .000
    Francisco Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
   c- Cody Ransom, PH-SS0000000 .207
Totals3068645  
a-hit a bunt single for Izturis in the 8th
b-singled for Greinke in the 6th
c-hit a sacrifice bunt for Rodriguez in the 8th
Batting
2B - Rickie Weeks (13, Webb)
3B - Cesar Izturis (1, Zambrano)
HR - Carlos Gomez (5, Zambrano)
SF - Zack Greinke (1)
SH - Cody Ransom (1)
RBI - Carlos Gomez (16), Rickie Weeks (23), Norichika Aoki (15), Zack Greinke (1), Travis Ishikawa 2 (17)
2-OUT RBI - Rickie Weeks (11), Travis Ishikawa 2 (6)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Cesar Izturis (3, Misplayed grounder)
Milwaukee Brewers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Zack Greinke 6655241 3.08
Kameron Loe 1000010 3.25
Francisco Rodriguez (W,1-4) 1100200 4.00
John Axford (S,14) 1000010 4.88
IBB - Dobbs by Francisco Rodriguez
Pitches-Strikes - Zack Greinke 94-57, Kameron Loe 13-9, Francisco Rodriguez 16-5, John Axford 20-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Zack Greinke 10-4, Francisco Rodriguez 3-0, John Axford 2-0
Batters Faced - Zack Greinke 26, Kameron Loe 3, Francisco Rodriguez 6, John Axford 3
Game Information
Attendance - 28674
Game Time - 3:01
Temperature - 89
Umpires - Home - Derryl Cousins, First Base - Ron Kulpa, Second Base - Dan Bellino, Third Base - D.J. Reyburn