Anderson hits grand slam as Marlins beat Nelson, Brewers 8-3

MILWAUKEE (AP) Brian Anderson noticed Jimmy Nelson was struggling with his breaking ball, and he took advantage.

Anderson hit his first career grand slam, Sandy Alcantara pitched seven crisp innings and the Miami Marlins spoiled Nelson's return to the majors, beating the Milwaukee Brewers 8-3 on Wednesday night.

Starlin Castro and Bryan Holaday each drove in two runs as the surging Marlins earned their fourth straight victory. Curtis Granderson had two hits and scored twice in his first multihit game since May 24.

Nelson lasted just three innings in his first big league start in 21 months. The right-hander was cheered loudly when he was introduced with the starting lineup and then received another big ovation from the Miller Park crowd of 26,615 when he went out to the mound for the first.

Nelson, who turned 30 on Wednesday, was working on a breakout season in 2017 when he injured his pitching shoulder diving back to first after rounding the base on a single. He had surgery and missed last year, when Milwaukee won the division title and made it to the NL Championship Series.

''The reception from the fans and the excitement of all the teammates and staff here the last day or two is something I'll always remember and always appreciate,'' Nelson said. ''That was the best moment of the day, obviously.''

The last-place Marlins have outscored the Brewers 24-3 through the first two games of the series. Miami has won seven of nine and 13 of 18 overall.

''I just think we're playing with a little bit of confidence right now. Up and down the order we're getting production,'' manager Don Mattingly said. ''Guys are taking their walks. I just feel like we're keeping the line moving right now and putting the ball in play.''

Orlando Arcia had a run-scoring double in the second and Yasmani Grandal connected for a two-run homer in the ninth, but that was it for Milwaukee.

Grandal also tried to score on Arcia's tying double to center, but he was cut down at the plate on a nice relay by shortstop Miguel Rojas. He was originally ruled safe, but the call was overturned by a replay review.

Miami also got a big defensive play in the first when Harold Ramirez robbed Lorenzo Cain of a homer with a leaping grab at the wall in right.

The Marlins went ahead to stay in the third. Nelson (0-1) issued a leadoff walk to Alcantara that proved costly. Granderson followed with a single and Garrett Cooper walked before Anderson drove Nelson's next pitch over the wall in center for his seventh homer.

Anderson said he could see Nelson was struggling with his breaking ball.

''For me, it was a good chance to look for a fastball, look for something out over the plate to drive,'' he said. ''Even if I don't hit a double or a homer, it's something that goes in the outfield and can get a run in on. (Nelson) left it kind of middle for me and I was able to take advantage of it.''

Nelson was charged with five runs, four earned, and four hits in his first big league start since Sept. 8, 2017. He struck out two and walked three.

''We all applaud him for the work he's put in,'' Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. ''He's disappointed with how it went tonight but you have to keep getting back up. He's fought this fight for a long time now. He has to keep getting up, keep getting better and he'll do that.''

PITCHING WELL

Alcantara permitted five hits, struck out five and walked one in his first win since he tossed a two-hitter in a 3-0 victory over the New York Mets on May 19. The right-hander pitched six scoreless innings in a no-decision against San Francisco in his previous start.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Brewers: Cain departed in the ninth because of a jammed right thumb. He said he plans to play Thursday. ... RHP Jhoulys Chacin, who was placed on the 10-day injured list Sunday with a lower-back strain, played catch Wednesday. ''That went well, so we're in better shape there,'' Counsell said. ''We'll probably wait for another throwing session before we plot that case moving forward.'' ... LHP Gio Gonzalez (shoulder fatigue) might try some light-tossing Thursday.

UP NEXT

Brewers right-hander Freddy Peralta (2-2, 5.68 ERA) faces left-hander Caleb Smith (3-3, 3.10 ERA) in the finale of three-game series Thursday afternoon. Peralta, who turned 23 on Tuesday, is making his first start since May 13. Smith is 0-3 with a 5.40 ERA in his last four starts.

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  • W: S. Alcantara (3-5)L: J. Nelson (0-1)
  • HR: MIA - B. Anderson (7), MIL - Y. Grandal (13)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
C. Granderson LF52200022.195.288.370.6584.0
N. Anderson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
A. Conley P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
G. Cooper 1B41000134.276.360.460.8200.5
B. Anderson 3B42341111.249.331.394.72415.5
S. Castro 2B40120002.234.269.316.5853.0
H. Ramirez RF-LF50000013.346.386.449.834-0.5
J. Riddle CF41100032.171.227.341.5692.5
M. Rojas SS41200102.272.329.323.6524.0
B. Holaday C40120012.154.267.385.6512.5
S. Alcantara P21000110.211.250.263.5131.5
a- R. Herrera PH-RF00000100.217.294.337.6311.0
  • a-walked for Alcantara in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Gamel LF40200010.262.348.404.7521.5
C. Yelich RF30100103.320.433.7161.1492.0
L. Cain CF30000001.253.307.378.6840.0
a- H. Perez PH01000100.261.305.450.7562.0
M. Moustakas 2B41100001.263.325.548.8732.0
Y. Grandal C41221000.279.375.537.9128.0
E. Thames 1B40000032.240.369.442.811-1.5
T. Shaw 3B40000022.169.272.289.560-1.0
O. Arcia SS30110010.260.328.423.7512.5
J. Nelson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- B. Woodruff PH10000000.333.355.433.7880.0
A. Houser P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- J. Aguilar PH10000010.186.295.300.595-0.5
M. Albers P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Guerra P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
d- R. Braun PH10100000.272.329.461.7891.0
A. Claudio P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-walked for Cain in the 9th
  • b-flied out for Nelson in the 3rd
  • c-struck out for Houser in the 6th
  • d-singled for Ju. Guerra in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Granderson (9), B. Anderson (11), J. Riddle, M. Rojas (10)
  • HR - B. Anderson (7)
  • SF - S. Castro (5)
  • RBI - B. Anderson 4 (27), S. Castro 2 (25), B. Holaday 2 (4)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Cooper 2 (2), S. Castro, H. Ramirez, M. Rojas 2 (2), B. Holaday 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - O. Arcia (8)
  • HR - Y. Grandal (13)
  • RBI - Y. Grandal 2 (32), O. Arcia (26)
  • 2-Out RBI - O. Arcia (14)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Yelich 2 (2), L. Cain
BASERUNNING
  • SB - B. Anderson (4)
  • CS - M. Rojas (3)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - J. Riddle 2 (2)
  • DP - (Cooper-Rojas)
FIELDING
  • E - O. Arcia (10), Y. Grandal (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Alcantara (W, 3-5)7.05111503.801.3526.5
N. Anderson1.02000204.741.382.0
A. Conley1.01221117.251.52-0.5
PITCHERSIP
S. Alcantara (W, 3-5)7.0
N. Anderson1.0
A. Conley1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Nelson (L, 0-1)3.045432112.002.33-6.0
A. Houser3.01101602.821.3410.0
M. Albers1.01000103.811.152.5
J. Guerra1.02221203.381.03-1.0
A. Claudio1.02000105.261.321.5
PITCHERSIP
J. Nelson (L, 0-1)3.0
A. Houser3.0
M. Albers1.0
J. Guerra1.0
A. Claudio1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Alcantara 95-60, N. Anderson 22-16, A. Conley 20-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Alcantara 7-6, N. Anderson 1-0
  • Batters Faced - S. Alcantara 24, N. Anderson 5, A. Conley 5
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Guerra
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Nelson 65-35, A. Houser 43-28, M. Albers 16-10, J. Guerra 35-20, A. Claudio 18-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Nelson 4-4, A. Houser 1-1, M. Albers 1-1, J. Guerra 1-0, A. Claudio 2-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Nelson 17, A. Houser 10, M. Albers 4, J. Guerra 7, A. Claudio 5
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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C. Granderson LF52200022.195.288.370.6584.0
N. Anderson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
A. Conley P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
G. Cooper 1B41000134.276.360.460.8200.5
B. Anderson 3B42341111.249.331.394.72415.5
S. Castro 2B40120002.234.269.316.5853.0
H. Ramirez RF-LF50000013.346.386.449.834-0.5
J. Riddle CF41100032.171.227.341.5692.5
M. Rojas SS41200102.272.329.323.6524.0
B. Holaday C40120012.154.267.385.6512.5
S. Alcantara P21000110.211.250.263.5131.5
a- R. Herrera PH-RF00000100.217.294.337.6311.0
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  • a-walked for Alcantara in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
B. Gamel LF40200010.262.348.404.7521.5
C. Yelich RF30100103.320.433.7161.1492.0
L. Cain CF30000001.253.307.378.6840.0
a- H. Perez PH01000100.261.305.450.7562.0
M. Moustakas 2B41100001.263.325.548.8732.0
Y. Grandal C41221000.279.375.537.9128.0
E. Thames 1B40000032.240.369.442.811-1.5
T. Shaw 3B40000022.169.272.289.560-1.0
O. Arcia SS30110010.260.328.423.7512.5
J. Nelson P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
b- B. Woodruff PH10000000.333.355.433.7880.0
A. Houser P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
c- J. Aguilar PH10000010.186.295.300.595-0.5
M. Albers P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
J. Guerra P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
d- R. Braun PH10100000.272.329.461.7891.0
A. Claudio P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
Total323831289-----
  • a-walked for Cain in the 9th
  • b-flied out for Nelson in the 3rd
  • c-struck out for Houser in the 6th
  • d-singled for Ju. Guerra in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - C. Granderson (9), B. Anderson (11), J. Riddle, M. Rojas (10)
  • HR - B. Anderson (7)
  • SF - S. Castro (5)
  • RBI - B. Anderson 4 (27), S. Castro 2 (25), B. Holaday 2 (4)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - G. Cooper 2 (2), S. Castro, H. Ramirez, M. Rojas 2 (2), B. Holaday 2 (2)
BATTING
  • 2B - O. Arcia (8)
  • HR - Y. Grandal (13)
  • RBI - Y. Grandal 2 (32), O. Arcia (26)
  • 2-Out RBI - O. Arcia (14)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - C. Yelich 2 (2), L. Cain
BASERUNNING
  • SB - B. Anderson (4)
  • CS - M. Rojas (3)
FIELDING
  • Outfield Assist - J. Riddle 2 (2)
  • DP - (Cooper-Rojas)
FIELDING
  • E - O. Arcia (10), Y. Grandal (2)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
S. Alcantara (W, 3-5)7.05111503.801.3526.5
N. Anderson1.02000204.741.382.0
A. Conley1.01221117.251.52-0.5
Total9.0833281---
PITCHERSIP
S. Alcantara (W, 3-5)7.0
N. Anderson1.0
A. Conley1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
J. Nelson (L, 0-1)3.045432112.002.33-6.0
A. Houser3.01101602.821.3410.0
M. Albers1.01000103.811.152.5
J. Guerra1.02221203.381.03-1.0
A. Claudio1.02000105.261.321.5
Total9.010865121---
PITCHERSIP
J. Nelson (L, 0-1)3.0
A. Houser3.0
M. Albers1.0
J. Guerra1.0
A. Claudio1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - S. Alcantara 95-60, N. Anderson 22-16, A. Conley 20-14
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - S. Alcantara 7-6, N. Anderson 1-0
  • Batters Faced - S. Alcantara 24, N. Anderson 5, A. Conley 5
PITCHING
  • HBP - J. Guerra
  • Pitches-Strikes - J. Nelson 65-35, A. Houser 43-28, M. Albers 16-10, J. Guerra 35-20, A. Claudio 18-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - J. Nelson 4-4, A. Houser 1-1, M. Albers 1-1, J. Guerra 1-0, A. Claudio 2-0
  • Batters Faced - J. Nelson 17, A. Houser 10, M. Albers 4, J. Guerra 7, A. Claudio 5
  • 9TH INNING
    Grandal homered to center, Perez scored83
  • 8TH INNING
    Holaday singled to left, Riddle and Rojas scored81
  • 5TH INNING
    Castro hit sacrifice fly to left, Anderson scored61
  • 3RD INNING
    Anderson homered to left center, Alcantara, Granderson and Cooper scored51
  • 2ND INNING
    Arcia doubled to deep center, Moustakas scored, Grandal out at home11
  • 1ST INNING
    Castro grounded out to shortstop, Granderson scored10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Alex Claudio pitching
    • Br. Anderson: Foul, Anderson reached on an infield single to third
    • St. Castro: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Castro singled to left, Anderson to second
    • H. Ramirez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ramirez reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Anderson to third, Castro out at second
    • J. Riddle: Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Riddle struck out swinging
    • M. Rojas: Ball, Rojas grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
    • Adam Conley relieved Nick Anderson
    • L. Cain: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul
    • Perez walked
    • M. Moustakas: Moustakas lined out to shortstop
    • Y. Grandal: Grandal homered to center, Perez scored
    • E. Thames: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Thames struck out swinging
    • T. Shaw: Shaw flied out to center
    • End of the 9th (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Junior Guerra relieved Matt Albers
    • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ramirez grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Riddle: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Riddle hit by pitch
    • M. Rojas: Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Rojas doubled to left center, Riddle to third
    • B. Holaday: Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Holaday singled to left, Riddle and Rojas scored
    • Rosell Herrera hit for Sandy Alcantara
    • R. Herrera: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Herrera walked, Holaday to second
    • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Granderson struck out swinging
    • G. Cooper: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Cooper struck out looking
    • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Nick Anderson pitching
    • T. Shaw: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Shaw struck out looking
    • O. Arcia: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Arcia struck out swinging
    • Ryan Braun hit for Junior Guerra
    • R. Braun: Strike swinging, Braun singled to left
    • B. Gamel: Ball, Gamel singled to right center, Braun to third
    • C. Yelich: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Yelich grounded out to second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Matt Albers pitching
    • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Ball, Granderson singled to center
    • G. Cooper: Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Foul, Cooper grounded out to third, Granderson to second
    • Br. Anderson: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Anderson struck out swinging
    • St. Castro: Castro lined out to left
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Alcantara Pitching:
    • M. Moustakas: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Moustakas flied out to center
    • Y. Grandal: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Grandal lined out to center
    • E. Thames: Thames grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • A. Houser Pitching:
    • M. Rojas: Rojas singled to center
    • B. Holaday: Strike swinging, Rojas caught stealing second, catcher to second, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Holaday struck out looking
    • S. Alcantara: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Alcantara struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Jesus Aguilar hit for Adrian Houser
    • J. Aguilar: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Aguilar struck out swinging
    • B. Gamel: Gamel grounded out to shortstop
    • C. Yelich: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Yelich walked
    • L. Cain: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Cain lined out to third
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • A. Houser Pitching:
    • Br. Anderson: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Anderson walked
    • St. Castro: Ball, Strike swinging, Anderson stole second, Anderson to third on catcher Grandal throwing error, Ball, Foul, Ball, Castro hit sacrifice fly to left, Anderson scored
    • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Ramirez struck out on foul tip
    • J. Riddle: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Riddle struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
    • S. Alcantara Pitching:
    • E. Thames: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Thames struck out swinging
    • T. Shaw: Ball, Foul, Ball, Shaw flied out to deep right
    • O. Arcia: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Arcia grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • Adrian Houser pitching
    • S. Alcantara: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Alcantara out on batter's interference
    • C. Granderson: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Granderson struck out swinging
    • G. Cooper: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike looking, Cooper struck out looking
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Alcantara Pitching:
    • L. Cain: Strike looking, Cain grounded out to pitcher
    • M. Moustakas: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Moustakas grounded out to third
    • Y. Grandal: Grandal grounded out to third
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • J. Nelson Pitching:
    • S. Alcantara: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Alcantara walked
    • C. Granderson: Ball, Granderson doubled to deep right, Alcantara to third
    • G. Cooper: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Cooper walked
    • Br. Anderson: Anderson homered to left center, Alcantara, Granderson and Cooper scored
    • St. Castro: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Castro flied out to left
    • H. Ramirez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ramirez flied out to right
    • J. Riddle: Riddle doubled to left center
    • M. Rojas: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Rojas walked
    • B. Holaday: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Holaday lined out to right
    • Middle of the 3rd (4 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Brandon Woodruff hit for Jimmy Nelson
    • B. Woodruff: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Woodruff flied out to right
    • B. Gamel: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Gamel reached on an infield single to third
    • C. Yelich: Ball, Yelich grounded into double play shortstop to first, Gamel out at second
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • J. Nelson Pitching:
    • J. Riddle: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Riddle struck out swinging
    • M. Rojas: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Rojas lined out to right
    • B. Holaday: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Holaday grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • S. Alcantara Pitching:
    • M. Moustakas: Ball, Ball, Moustakas reached on an infield single to second
    • Y. Grandal: Strike looking, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Grandal singled to center, Moustakas to second
    • E. Thames: Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt to second, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Thames struck out looking
    • T. Shaw: Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Shaw struck out swinging
    • O. Arcia: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Arcia doubled to deep center, Moustakas scored, Grandal out at home
    • End of the 2nd (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • J. Nelson Pitching:
    • C. Granderson: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Granderson safe at first on shortstop Arcia fielding error
    • G. Cooper: Foul, Strike looking, Strike looking, Cooper struck out looking
    • Br. Anderson: Strike looking, Anderson doubled to right center, Granderson to third
    • St. Castro: Ball, Foul, Castro grounded out to shortstop, Granderson scored
    • H. Ramirez: Ramirez grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • S. Alcantara Pitching:
    • B. Gamel: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Gamel struck out looking
    • C. Yelich: Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Yelich singled to left center, Yelich out at second
    • L. Cain: Cain flied out to right
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)