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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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"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."
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."
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.
|After earning a no-decision, Zack Greinke remains unbeaten in 22 home starts since joining the Brewers. (Getty Images)|
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|Jose Reyes, SS||5||1||1||0||0||1||0||.268|
|Hanley Ramirez, 3B||4||2||1||0||1||0||0||.259|
|Giancarlo Stanton, RF||3||0||1||0||1||0||0||.283|
|Logan Morrison, LF||4||1||1||1||0||1||4||.235|
|Justin Ruggiano, CF||4||1||2||4||0||1||1||.397|
|Greg Dobbs, 1B||3||0||1||0||1||0||2||.292|
|Omar Infante, 2B||3||0||0||0||1||0||3||.286|
|John Buck, C||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.179|
|Brett Hayes, C||1||0||0||0||0||0||3||.218|
|Carlos Zambrano, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.148|
|a- Austin Kearns, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.271|
|Ryan Webb, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Randy Choate, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Steve Cishek, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Scott Cousins, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.206|
|a-struck out for Zambrano in the 7th|
|b-struck out for Cishek in the 9th|
|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|
|DP - Zambrano-Hayes-Dobbs|
|E - Greg Dobbs (2, Missed catch of throw), Hanley Ramirez 2 (7, Misplayed grounder)|
|Ryan Webb (L,3-2)||1||2||1||1||0||0||0||5.19|
|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|
|Carlos Gomez, CF||5||1||1||1||0||3||3||.241|
|Nyjer Morgan, RF||5||0||0||0||0||1||2||.229|
|John Axford, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ryan Braun, LF||3||1||1||0||0||0||0||.309|
|Aramis Ramirez, 3B||2||0||0||0||1||0||1||.261|
|Corey Hart, 1B||3||0||0||0||1||0||1||.245|
|Rickie Weeks, 2B||2||2||1||1||2||1||0||.187|
|Martin Maldonado, C||4||1||2||0||0||0||3||.267|
|Cesar Izturis, SS||3||1||1||0||0||0||1||.208|
|a- Norichika Aoki, PH-RF||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.294|
|Zack Greinke, P||1||0||0||1||0||0||0||.172|
|b- Travis Ishikawa, PH||1||0||1||2||0||0||0||.250|
|Kameron Loe, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Francisco Rodriguez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Cody Ransom, PH-SS||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.207|
|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|
|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|
|E - Cesar Izturis (3, Misplayed grounder)|
|Francisco Rodriguez (W,1-4)||1||1||0||0||2||0||0||4.00|
|John Axford (S,14)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||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|
|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|