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MIAMI -- Josh Johnson is looking to finish strong after a tough start to the season.
"I settled in, used my curveball and located my fastball," Johnson said. "I made pitches when I needed to. That's the name of the game."
Johnson (8-11) allowed two runs and four hits while striking out seven while lowering his ERA to 3.86. He won for the first time since Aug. 3 at Washington. He has a 3.22 ERA in his last 17 starts compared to a 4.83 ERA in his first 11 starts.
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"He started the season very rough because he hadn't pitched in a while," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said. "After that he got the momentum going. You look up and he's had a great year if you look at it that way, compared to last year."
"It's fun when you see people smile and play music in the clubhouse," Guillen said.
The Brewers lost for just the fourth time in 17 games. A day earlier, they pulled within 6½ games of the second NL wild-card spot.
"Every game is a must-win at this point," Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy said.
"It was brutal," Estrada said. "I went out there and wasn't making my pitches. I felt all out of whack. I just wasn't making my pitches and even when I did they got hit."
An error by second baseman Rickie Weeks, who starred Wednesday night with a pair of two-run homers, let the Marlins stretch their lead to 4-0 in the second. Donnie Murphy doubled and scored on the misplay.
The Brewers had averaged 7.7 runs in the previous seven games, but did little against Johnson.
"He was tough," Lucroy said. "He's a real big guy and you don't have a lot of time to react to it. He's throwing pretty hard. He pitched well, you have to give credit to him."
The Brewers pulled to 4-2 in the seventh on a sacrifice by Aoki.
Giancarlo Stanton and Dobbs doubled in the eighth and Murphy added an RBI single.
"We took advantage of the scoring opportunities we had," Dobbs said.
|Josh Johnson cools off the Brewers for seven innings while stopping his career-worst four-game losing streak. (AP)|
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|Norichika Aoki, RF||3||1||1||1||0||0||1||.288|
|Rickie Weeks, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.229|
|Ryan Braun, LF||3||0||1||1||0||0||1||.311|
|Corey Hart, 1B||2||0||0||0||2||2||0||.273|
|Jonathan Lucroy, C||4||0||1||0||0||2||4||.321|
|Carlos Gomez, CF||3||0||0||0||1||0||2||.252|
|Jeff Bianchi, 3B||3||1||1||0||1||0||2||.231|
|Jean Segura, SS||3||0||1||0||0||1||1||.202|
|a- Nyjer Morgan, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.243|
|Marco Estrada, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.094|
|Livan Hernandez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Travis Ishikawa, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.252|
|Brandon Kintzler, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Manny Parra, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Josh Stinson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Logan Schafer, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||1.000|
|a-struck out for Segura in the 9th|
|b-struck out for Hernandez in the 7th|
|c-singled for Stinson in the 9th|
|3B - Norichika Aoki (4, Johnson)|
|SF - Norichika Aoki (4), Ryan Braun (4)|
|RBI - Norichika Aoki (36), Ryan Braun (99)|
|SB - Norichika Aoki (23, 2nd base off Johnson/Brantly), Ryan Braun (23, 2nd base off Johnson/Brantly), Jean Segura (4, 2nd base off Johnson/Brantly)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|E - Rickie Weeks (15, Misplayed grounder)|
|Marco Estrada (L,2-6)||5||7||4||4||0||5||0||3.99|
|WP - Marco Estrada (4)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Marco Estrada 97-70, Livan Hernandez 14-8, Brandon Kintzler 22-17, Manny Parra 8-5, Josh Stinson 3-3|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Marco Estrada 2-8, Livan Hernandez 1-1, Brandon Kintzler 3-0, Manny Parra 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Marco Estrada 22, Livan Hernandez 4, Brandon Kintzler 7, Manny Parra 1, Josh Stinson 2|
|Bryan Petersen, LF||4||1||2||0||0||0||1||.215|
|Donovan Solano, 2B||4||1||3||1||0||0||1||.289|
|Jose Reyes, SS||4||1||1||1||0||0||3||.282|
|Giancarlo Stanton, RF||4||1||1||0||0||3||2||.284|
|Greg Dobbs, 1B||3||1||1||2||0||0||0||.297|
|Justin Ruggiano, CF||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.319|
|Rob Brantly, C||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.261|
|Donnie Murphy, 3B||4||1||2||1||0||1||1||.206|
|Josh Johnson, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.085|
|a- Austin Kearns, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.242|
|Heath Bell, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Carlos Lee, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.275|
|Steve Cishek, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-grounded out for Johnson in the 7th|
|b-flied out for Bell in the 8th|
|2B - Bryan Petersen (5, M. Estrada), Jose Reyes (31, M. Estrada), Giancarlo Stanton (28, Kintzler), Greg Dobbs (10, Kintzler), Rob Brantly (4, Hernandez), Donnie Murphy (4, M. Estrada)|
|SF - Greg Dobbs (7)|
|RBI - Donovan Solano (17), Jose Reyes (49), Greg Dobbs 2 (35), Donnie Murphy (12)|
|2-OUT RBI - Donnie Murphy (5)|
|SB - Bryan Petersen (7, 2nd base off M. Estrada/Lucroy), Justin Ruggiano (12, 2nd base off M. Estrada/Lucroy)|
|PK - Josh Johnson (1, M. Estrada)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Solano-Reyes-Dobbs|
|Josh Johnson (W,8-11)||7||4||2||2||3||7||0||3.81|
|Heath Bell (H,12)||1||1||0||0||1||1||0||5.56|
|HBP - Aoki (by Josh Johnson)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Josh Johnson 98-62, Heath Bell 30-19, Steve Cishek 16-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Johnson 4-10, Heath Bell 2-0, Steve Cishek 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Josh Johnson 29, Heath Bell 5, Steve Cishek 3|
|Attendance - 18707|
|Game Time - 2:53|
|Temperature - 72|
|Umpires - Home - Ed Hickox, First Base - Chris Conroy, Second Base - Mark Carlson, Third Base - Angel Hernandez|