Milwaukee at Miami

W: W. Peralta (1-0) L: N. Eovaldi (4-11)
S: J. Axford (25)
HR: MIL - R. Weeks (15),R. Weeks (16),C. Hart (27)   MIA - None

Brewers 8, Marlins 5 wire reports

MIAMI -- The Milwaukee Brewers are doing their best to stay in the National League wild-card race.

Rickie Weeks hit two home runs and tied a career high with four RBI to help Wily Peralta win his first major-league start and lead the surging Brewers past the Miami Marlins 8-5 on Wednesday night.

"The biggest thing is we keep seeing the standings and trying to creep up on everybody, but at the same time we have some pretty good professionals in here who want to come in and try to keep winning ball games," Weeks said. "We kind of know what is at stake right now. We feel pretty good about ourselves."

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Corey Hart also homered and drove in four runs for Milwaukee, which has won 13 of 16 to climb within 6½ games of St. Louis for the second NL wild-card spot.

"Hopefully we continue this for a little bit, but if we do it could be fun," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "We're playing really good ball."

Milwaukee (67-69) also trails the Los Angeles Dodgers and Pittsburgh -- Atlanta currently leads the wild card race -- and moved two games within .500 for the first time since May 4 when they were 12-14.

"It's good to hear, it will be better when we are .500," Roenicke said.

Peralta (1-0) pitched six innings, allowing three runs and five hits. The 23-year old right-hander struck out three and walked four.

"You're always happy when you win," Peralta said. "I just followed (catcher Martin Maldonado) and I felt comfortable."

Weeks hit a pair of two-run homers for his sixth career multihomer game and first since hitting two on July 18, 2010 at Atlanta. He is hitting .484 (15 for 31) with two home runs and six RBI during a seven-game hitting streak.

"I'm feeling good right now," Weeks said.

Nathan Eovaldi (4-11) surrendered the first home run to Weeks to left field in the third inning. Eovaldi allowed two runs and struck out four in five innings.

"I threw the ball pretty well," Eovaldi said. "I felt I attached the zone pretty well. Later on, I struggled finishing the curve ball, left it up when I needed to bury it."

Weeks' second home run to left field came off Tom Koehler, also making his major league debut, to give the Brewers a 4-1 lead in the seventh. Hart followed with his 27th home run, a two-run shot to left-center.

The Marlins cut the deficit to 6-5 with four runs in the bottom of the seventh on three consecutive RBI singles by Greg Dobbs, Bryan Petersen, and Donovan Solano, and a sacrifice fly by Jose Reyes. Jim Henderson then got Giancarlo Stanton to fly out to get out of the jam after Petersen recorded the first out on a baserunning blunder.

"We find another way to lose and that's number 935 in we find a way to lose," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said.

"Just an aggressive mistake," Petersen said.

Hart hit a two-run double to cap the scoring for the Brewers before John Axford pitched the ninth for his 25th save in 33 chances.


Brewers 3B Aramis Ramirez came out of the game in the ninth inning with a slight back strain, which he aggravated during his at-bat in the seventh. "I'll be alright," Ramirez said. ... Peralta went 7-11 with a 4.66 ERA in 28 starts at Triple-A Nashville. ... Brewers SS Alex Gonzalez (torn ACL in right knee) has not played since May 5, but has not been ruled out for the season. "I don't know, that would be a question mark of whether Alex will be ready," Roenicke said. "He is ahead of schedule with what he's doing so I don't want to say no because I don't know. He's probably got an appointment in a couple weeks. If Dr. Raasch says he's ready to go then we'll have to rethink what we're doing." ... Miami RHP Josh Johnson (7-11, 3.86 ERA) will start Thursday's series finale against RHP Marco Estrada (2-5, 3.85 ERA).

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Milwaukee Brewers
Norichika Aoki, RF4210110 .287
Rickie Weeks, 2B5324010 .230
Ryan Braun, LF4010100 .311
Aramis Ramirez, 3B3120010 .295
   a- Jonathan Lucroy, PH1100001 .322
    John Axford, P0000000 .000
Corey Hart, 1B4124102 .274
Martin Maldonado, C5010012 .267
Carlos Gomez, CF4010021 .255
Jean Segura, SS4000003 .198
Wily Peralta, P3000013 .000
    Kameron Loe, P0000000 .000
    Jim Henderson, P0000000 .000
   b- Travis Ishikawa, PH1000010 .255
    Francisco Rodriguez, P0000000 .000
    Jeff Bianchi, 3B0000000 .222
a-hit into fielder's choice for Ramirez in the 9th
b-struck out for Henderson in the 8th
2B - Ryan Braun (29, Eovaldi), Corey Hart (33, Webb)
HR - Rickie Weeks 2 (16, Eovaldi, Koehler), Corey Hart (27, Koehler)
RBI - Rickie Weeks 4 (51), Corey Hart 4 (76)
2-OUT RBI - Rickie Weeks 2 (21), Corey Hart 4 (30)
Team LOB - 7
Outfield Assists - Norichika Aoki 1
DP - Ramirez-Hart, Maldonado-Weeks
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John Axford (S,25) 1000100 4.87
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Pitches-Strikes - Wily Peralta 92-55, Kameron Loe 10-6, Jim Henderson 3-2, Francisco Rodriguez 13-9, John Axford 22-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wily Peralta 7-6, Francisco Rodriguez 1-1
Batters Faced - Wily Peralta 25, Kameron Loe 4, Jim Henderson 2, Francisco Rodriguez 3, John Axford 4
Miami Marlins
Bryan Petersen, LF4021102 .208
Donovan Solano, 2B4011000 .279
    Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
    Mike Dunn, P0000000 .000
    Ryan Webb, P0000000 .000
   a- Rob Brantly, PH1000001 .262
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Carlos Lee, 1B4110001 .275
Justin Ruggiano, CF3100111 .321
John Buck, C4121000 .201
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   c- Greg Dobbs, PH-3B2111000 .296
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RBI - Bryan Petersen (12), Donovan Solano (16), Jose Reyes (48), John Buck (35), Greg Dobbs (33)
CS - Jose Reyes (9, 2nd base by Peralta/Maldonado)
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Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Nate Eovaldi 7-4, Ryan Webb 2-1
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Attendance - 22288
Game Time - 3:06
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Angel Hernandez, First Base - Ed Hickox, Second Base - Chris Conroy, Third Base - Mark Carlson