Yelich, Guerra lead Brewers to 4-2 win, sweep of Marlins

MILWAUKEE (AP) Jeremy Jeffress entered the game in a tough situation and went into beast mode.

Christian Yelich hit his first homer since returning from the disabled list, Junior Guerra worked five innings, and Jeffress and two other relievers did the rest for the Milwaukee Brewers in a 4-2 victory over the Miami Marlins on Sunday. Milwaukee completed a four-game sweep of Miami and has won six straight overall, its longest winning streak since 2015.

Guerra (2-0) allowed an unearned run on five hits and struck out four in his third start of the season, but he left Jeffress in a tricky spot after loading the bases with no outs in the sixth and the Brewers leading 2-1.

Jeffress responded with his signature intensity.

''When I'm in between those lines, I'm a totally different guy,'' Jeffress said. ''I don't like nobody. It's just who I am when I'm on the mound. It's no disrespect to anybody.''

He struck out Brian Anderson, got J.B. Shuck to pop up in foul territory and then whiffed Lewis Brinson.

''J.J. did a great job for us today,'' Yelich said. ''That was kind of a turning point in the game, and he was able to get out of that.''

Jeffress grimaced and pounded his chest as he walked toward the dugout.

''It's the only way I can pitch,'' Jeffress said. ''Just being that bull up there and going right at guys.''

Matt Albers retired the side in order in the seventh. Josh Hader pitched the final two innings for his third save.

Caleb Smith (0-3) struck out a career-high 10 in six innings in his first career start against the Brewers. He didn't walk a batter, but the only two hits he allowed in the fourth cost him.

Lorenzo Cain led off with a single and scored on Yelich's second homer of the season. Yelich, who came off the 10-day disabled list on April 17, was acquired from Miami in January in exchange for Lewis Brinson and three minor leaguers as the Marlins shed payroll.

The Brewers added a run in the seventh when first baseman Justin Bour muffed pinch-hitter Eric Thames' roller with the bases loaded.

J.T. Realmuto reached on catcher's interference and scored on Bour's double in the first.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Marlins: SS Miguel Rojas, batting .158 (3 for 19) during the nine-game trip, was out of the starting lineup for the first time this season. ''We know he's playing every day, but guys need their days off,'' manager Don Mattingly said. Rojas pinch-hit in the ninth.

Brewers: SS Orlando Arcia missed his second game after twisting his ankle Friday night. ''We'll run him around today, check him out tomorrow and if he passes, he'll be ready to go on Tuesday,'' manager Craig Counsell said.

NO PLACE TO HIDE

Bour's single off Hader drove in a run in the eighth, but then he ran into an embarrassing double play. Bour raced around second on Brian Anderson's one-out fly to center and was an easy out at first.

''I saw the first baseman go behind me, so I'm thinking right there, two outs,'' Bour said. ''Just a mental lapse. I'd much rather go 0 for 4 with four strikeouts than commit an error and do something stupid on the bases. That just leaves a terrible feeling in your stomach, just brutal.''

Mattingly couldn't put any positive spin on the mistake.

''Frustrating, obviously,'' he said. ''I really don't know what to say about it. It's frustrating.''

BOUNCING BACK

Smith's outing was much better his previous one, a 12-1 drubbing by the New York Yankees on April 16. In that game, he gave up five runs on five hits and five walks in 2 1/3 innings.

STREAKING

The Brewers improved to a season-high five games over .500 and finished their homestand 6-1 after losing the first game to Cincinnati. Milwaukee hadn't won six straight since Aug. 30-Sept. 5, 2015.

UP NEXT

Marlins: LHP Jarlin Garcia (1-0, 0.86 ERA) makes his first career start and fifth appearance against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the opener of a three-game road series.

Brewers: After a day off, RHP Zach Davies (1-2, 4.84 ERA) makes his first career start against the Kansas City Royals in the opener of a two-game road series.

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  • W: J. Guerra (2-0)L: C. Smith (0-3)S: J. Hader (3)
  • HR: MIL - C. Yelich (2)
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J. Realmuto C22200100.417.500.6671.1675.0
S. Castro 2B40100023.298.351.321.6720.0
J. Bour 1B30220101.243.325.432.7586.0
B. Anderson 3B40100024.253.385.360.7450.0
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a- M. Rojas PH10000010.253.314.367.681-0.5
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Y. Rivera SS30000011.133.235.133.369-0.5
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C. Smith P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
c- T. Telis PH10000000.231.286.269.5550.0
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  • a-struck out for Shuck in the 9th
  • b-flied out for Rivera in the 9th
  • c-fouled out for Smith in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
L. Cain CF32100100.303.400.461.8616.0
C. Yelich RF41121031.333.429.5711.0005.5
R. Braun LF40000021.221.247.485.732-1.0
T. Shaw 3B21000220.289.392.518.9102.0
J. Aguilar 1B40210010.429.487.6291.1162.5
H. Perez 2B40000024.200.234.333.567-1.0
E. Sogard SS20000110.159.213.250.4630.5
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c- J. Bandy PH-C10000003.195.283.317.6000.0
  • a-grounded out for Nottingham in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Jeffress in the 6th
  • c-hit into fielder's choice for Albers in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Bour (2)
  • SH - C. Smith
  • RBI - J. Bour 2 (13)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Bour (8)
BATTING
  • HR - C. Yelich (2)
  • RBI - C. Yelich 2 (8), J. Aguilar (5)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Aguilar (4)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - L. Cain (5)
FIELDING
  • E - J. Bour (2)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - L. Cain (2)
  • E - J. Nottingham
  • PB - J. Bandy (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Smith (L, 0-3)6.022201015.821.5217.0
N. Wittgren1.01102200.002.001.0
M. Gonzalez1.01112203.002.000.0
PITCHERSIP
C. Smith (L, 0-3)6.0
N. Wittgren1.0
M. Gonzalez1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Guerra (W, 2-0)5.05101400.561.0018.0
J. Jeffress (H, 4)1.00000200.710.714.0
M. Albers (H, 2)1.00000201.590.974.0
J. Hader (S, 3)2.01101301.230.5512.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Guerra (W, 2-0)5.0
J. Jeffress (H, 4)1.0
M. Albers (H, 2)1.0
J. Hader (S, 3)2.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - M. Gonzalez
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Smith 77-55, N. Wittgren 23-13, M. Gonzalez 20-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Smith 2-6, N. Wittgren 2-0
  • Batters Faced - C. Smith 20, N. Wittgren 7, M. Gonzalez 6
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Guerra (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Guerra 78-52, J. Jeffress 12-8, M. Albers 11-8, J. Hader 34-21
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Guerra 7-3
  • Batters Faced - J. Guerra 22, J. Jeffress 3, M. Albers 3, J. Hader 7
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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D. Dietrich LF40000021.250.303.348.651-1.0
J. Realmuto C22200100.417.500.6671.1675.0
S. Castro 2B40100023.298.351.321.6720.0
J. Bour 1B30220101.243.325.432.7586.0
B. Anderson 3B40100024.253.385.360.7450.0
J. Shuck RF30000005.259.310.333.6440.0
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L. Brinson CF30000023.151.205.274.4790.0
Y. Rivera SS30000011.133.235.133.369-0.5
b- C. Maybin PH10000000.211.303.281.5840.0
C. Smith P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
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  • a-struck out for Shuck in the 9th
  • b-flied out for Rivera in the 9th
  • c-fouled out for Smith in the 7th
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L. Cain CF32100100.303.400.461.8616.0
C. Yelich RF41121031.333.429.5711.0005.5
R. Braun LF40000021.221.247.485.732-1.0
T. Shaw 3B21000220.289.392.518.9102.0
J. Aguilar 1B40210010.429.487.6291.1162.5
H. Perez 2B40000024.200.234.333.567-1.0
E. Sogard SS20000110.159.213.250.4630.5
J. Nottingham C20000010.000.286.000.286-0.5
a- E. Thames PH10000002.250.357.6501.0070.0
J. Hader P000000001.0001.0001.0002.0000.0
J. Guerra P10000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
J. Jeffress P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- D. Santana PH10000010.219.313.233.546-0.5
M. Albers P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- J. Bandy PH-C10000003.195.283.317.6000.0
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  • a-grounded out for Nottingham in the 7th
  • b-struck out for Jeffress in the 6th
  • c-hit into fielder's choice for Albers in the 7th
BATTING
  • 2B - J. Bour (2)
  • SH - C. Smith
  • RBI - J. Bour 2 (13)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Bour (8)
BATTING
  • HR - C. Yelich (2)
  • RBI - C. Yelich 2 (8), J. Aguilar (5)
  • 2-Out RBI - J. Aguilar (4)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - L. Cain (5)
FIELDING
  • E - J. Bour (2)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - L. Cain (2)
  • E - J. Nottingham
  • PB - J. Bandy (3)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Smith (L, 0-3)6.022201015.821.5217.0
N. Wittgren1.01102200.002.001.0
M. Gonzalez1.01112203.002.000.0
Total8.04434141---
PITCHERSIP
C. Smith (L, 0-3)6.0
N. Wittgren1.0
M. Gonzalez1.0
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Guerra (W, 2-0)5.05101400.561.0018.0
J. Jeffress (H, 4)1.00000200.710.714.0
M. Albers (H, 2)1.00000201.590.974.0
J. Hader (S, 3)2.01101301.230.5512.5
Total9.06202110---
PITCHERSIP
J. Guerra (W, 2-0)5.0
J. Jeffress (H, 4)1.0
M. Albers (H, 2)1.0
J. Hader (S, 3)2.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • IBB - M. Gonzalez
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Smith 77-55, N. Wittgren 23-13, M. Gonzalez 20-11
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Smith 2-6, N. Wittgren 2-0
  • Batters Faced - C. Smith 20, N. Wittgren 7, M. Gonzalez 6
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Guerra (2)
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Guerra 78-52, J. Jeffress 12-8, M. Albers 11-8, J. Hader 34-21
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Guerra 7-3
  • Batters Faced - J. Guerra 22, J. Jeffress 3, M. Albers 3, J. Hader 7
  • 8TH INNING
    Aguilar singled to left, Cain scored, Shaw to second24
    Bour singled to right, Realmuto scored23
  • 7TH INNING
    Thames safe at first on 1st baseman Bour fielding error, Shaw scored, Aguilar to third, Sogard to second13
  • 4TH INNING
    Yelich homered to center, Cain scored12
  • 1ST INNING
    Bour doubled to deep right, Realmuto scored10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Miguel Rojas hit for J.B. Shuck
    • M. Rojas: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Rojas struck out looking
    • L. Brinson: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Strike swinging, Brinson struck out swinging
    • Cameron Maybin hit for Yadiel Rivera
    • C. Maybin: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Maybin flied out to right
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Josh Hader pitching
    • J. Realmuto: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Realmuto walked
    • S. Castro: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Realmuto to second on passed ball, Strike looking, Castro struck out looking
    • J. Bour: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bour singled to right, Realmuto scored
    • B. Anderson: Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Anderson flied into double play center to first, Bour out at first
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Merandy Gonzalez relieved Nick Wittgren
    • L. Cain: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Cain walked
    • C. Yelich: Strike looking, Cain stole second, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Yelich struck out swinging
    • R. Braun: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Braun struck out swinging
    • T. Shaw: Shaw intentionally walked
    • J. Aguilar: Ball, Ball, Ball, Aguilar singled to left, Cain scored, Shaw to second
    • H. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Perez flied out to center
    • End of the 8th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Matt Albers pitching
    • Y. Rivera: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rivera struck out swinging
    • Tomas Telis hit for Caleb Smith
    • T. Telis: Ball, Strike swinging, Telis fouled out to catcher
    • D. Dietrich: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Dietrich struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Nick Wittgren pitching
    • R. Braun: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Braun struck out swinging
    • T. Shaw: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Shaw walked
    • J. Aguilar: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Aguilar singled to right, Shaw to second
    • H. Perez: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
    • E. Sogard: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Sogard walked, Shaw to third, Aguilar to second
    • Eric Thames hit for Jacob Nottingham
    • E. Thames: Thames safe at first on 1st baseman Bour fielding error, Shaw scored, Aguilar to third, Sogard to second
    • Jett Bandy hit for Matt Albers
    • J. Bandy: Bandy grounded into fielder's choice to third, Thames out at second
    • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
  • 6TH INNING
    • J. Guerra Pitching:
    • J. Realmuto: Strike looking, Realmuto singled to right
    • S. Castro: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Castro singled to center, Realmuto to second
    • J. Bour: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bour walked, Realmuto to third, Castro to second
    • Jeremy Jeffress relieved Junior Guerra
    • B. Anderson: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
    • J. Shuck: Ball, Shuck fouled out to third
    • L. Brinson: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Brinson struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Domingo Santana hit for Jeremy Jeffress
    • D. Santana: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Santana struck out swinging
    • L. Cain: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Cain fouled out to right
    • C. Yelich: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Yelich struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • J. Guerra Pitching:
    • Y. Rivera: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Rivera flied out to right
    • C. Smith: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Smith struck out swinging
    • D. Dietrich: Dietrich grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Smith Pitching:
    • H. Perez: Foul, Foul, Foul tip, Perez struck out on foul tip
    • E. Sogard: Strike looking, Ball, Sogard grounded out to first
    • J. Nottingham: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Nottingham flied out to right
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • J. Guerra Pitching:
    • B. Anderson: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
    • J. Shuck: Strike looking, Foul, Shuck grounded out to second
    • L. Brinson: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Brinson grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Smith Pitching:
    • L. Cain: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Cain singled to right
    • C. Yelich: Ball, Ball, Foul, Yelich homered to center, Cain scored
    • R. Braun: Braun lined out to shortstop
    • T. Shaw: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Shaw struck out looking
    • J. Aguilar: Aguilar flied out to center
    • End of the 4th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Guerra Pitching:
    • J. Realmuto: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Realmuto reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • S. Castro: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
    • J. Bour: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Bour grounded into double play first to shortstop to pitcher, Realmuto out at second
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • C. Smith Pitching:
    • E. Sogard: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Sogard struck out swinging
    • J. Nottingham: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Nottingham struck out swinging
    • J. Guerra: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Guerra struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Guerra Pitching:
    • L. Brinson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Brinson hit by pitch
    • Y. Rivera: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Rivera grounded out to shortstop, Brinson to second
    • C. Smith: Foul, Smith hit sacrifice bunt to third, Brinson to third
    • D. Dietrich: Strike looking, Ball, Dietrich grounded out to first
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • C. Smith Pitching:
    • T. Shaw: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Shaw struck out swinging
    • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul tip, Aguilar struck out on foul tip
    • H. Perez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Perez lined out to left
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Guerra Pitching:
    • D. Dietrich: Foul, Strike looking, Foul tip, Dietrich struck out on foul tip
    • J. Realmuto: Ball, Strike looking, Realmuto reached on catcher's interference
    • S. Castro: Foul, Foul, Castro flied out to right
    • J. Bour: Strike looking, Strike looking, Bour doubled to deep right, Realmuto scored
    • B. Anderson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Anderson singled to left, Bour to third
    • J. Shuck: Shuck fouled out to catcher
    • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
    • C. Smith Pitching:
    • L. Cain: Ball, Foul, Foul, Cain flied out to center
    • C. Yelich: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Yelich struck out looking
    • R. Braun: Ball, Strike looking, Braun grounded out to third
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)