Braun homers, Brewers beat Marlins 3-2 for 7th straight win

MIAMI (AP) Ryan Braun honored injured teammate Christian Yelich the past two days by wearing his No. 22 jersey underneath his own.

Braun then put on a Yelich-like performance Thursday, hitting a two-run homer that helped the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Miami Marlins 3-2 to complete a four-game sweep that extended their winning streak to seven.

''I threw up the double deuces for him,'' Braun said of his message to Yelich as he crossed home plate. ''He texted me, ''It's about time you hit a homer.' Forty-fifth homer hit in this jersey this year.''

Milwaukee matched its longest winning streak of the season to remain tied with the Chicago Cubs for the second NL wild card. At 78-68, the Brewers are 10 games over .500 for the first time since mid-June.

''What's within our picture is keep playing well,'' Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. ''The other stuff doesn't matter right now. Keep playing like the past week, we're going to put ourselves in a good spot.''

Yelich broke his right kneecap on a foul ball Tuesday night. Before the game, the Brewers said the reigning NL MVP won't need surgery, but is done for the year.

Yelich hit .329 with 44 homers and 97 RBIs this season and also stole 30 bases. He was leading the majors in slugging percentage and OPS when he was hurt.

Braun, bothered by a bad back for much of the season, broke a 1-all tie in the third with a two-run homer off Caleb Smith (8-10).

It was Braun's 19th home run this season and the first of his career at Marlins Park.

''I didn't know that, but they are all big at this time of year,'' Braun said. ''The team is playing so well. So many guys contributing.''

Gio Gonzalez and four relievers retired Miami's final 18 batters after Lewis Brinson's RBI single in the fourth.

Gonzalez allowed two runs and seven hits in four innings. He is 0-2 in 12 starts since beating Philadelphia on May 15.

Freddy Peralta (6-3) struck out three in two innings, and Josh Hader fanned two batters for his 31st save in 37 chances.

Miami went 1-6 on its homestand, dropped to an NL-worst 51-95 and is headed to its first 100-loss season since 2013.

Smith (8-10) gave up three runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings.

''I thought I got better as the game went on,'' Smith said. ''I've just got to be better early.''

Mike Moustakas' sacrifice fly in the first was offset by Miguel Rojas' RBI single in the bottom half.

BULLPEN'S CONTRIBUTION

The Brewers' blueprint for bullpen use played out perfectly. Counsell didn't need to call for a reliever in the middle of an inning. Ray Black, Drew Pomeranz, Peralta and Hader started and finished their innings. The relievers fanned 10.

''They all did an outstanding job,'' Counsell said. ''If we can get them the right rest, we can get swing and miss stuff from them. Great day for the pen.''

GONZALEZ SURE

Gonzalez got his first hit of the season and scored ahead of Braun's homer. The Marlins unsuccessfully appealed that the Brewers pitcher failed to touch second base on Braun's home run trot.

''I know I haven't been on the bases but I'm 100 percent sure I touched that bag,'' Gonzalez said. ''It was a backhanded slap is how I felt. But it's OK. I can smile about it.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Brewers: RHP Brandon Woodruff (left oblique strain) showed no ill effects from throwing to batters in a simulated game Wednesday.

UP NEXT

Brewers: RHP Adrian Houser (6-5, 3.59) is to start Friday's series opener at St. Louis against the NL Central leaders.

Marlins: RHP Sandy Alcantara (5-12, 4.04) starts Friday at San Francisco, coming off a shutout against Kansas City.

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  • W: F. Peralta (6-3)L: C. Smith (8-10)S: J. Hader (31)
  • HR: MIL - R. Braun (19)
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T. Austin 1B30000102.190.305.415.7211.0
H. Perez 2B40000011.235.271.382.653-0.5
B. Gamel RF40100010.255.335.383.7180.5
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  • a-struck out for G. Gonzalez in the 5th
  • b-grounded out for Pomeranz in the 7th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
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G. Cooper 1B40100021.282.345.447.7930.0
S. Castro 3B40000013.267.296.420.715-0.5
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I. Diaz 2B41100022.165.266.281.5473.0
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H. Ramirez RF10000000.271.308.412.7200.0
  • a-struck out for Brigham in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - Y. Grandal (24)
  • HR - R. Braun (19)
  • SF - M. Moustakas (2)
  • RBI - R. Braun 2 (62), M. Moustakas (82)
  • 2-Out RBI - R. Braun 2 (27)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Braun (44), T. Austin 2 (2), O. Arcia (48)
BATTING
  • 3B - I. Diaz
  • SH - C. Smith (4)
  • RBI - M. Rojas (38), L. Brinson (13)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Berti (24), J. Alfaro, I. Diaz (15)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Berti (11)
FIELDING
  • E - Y. Grandal (8)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
G. Gonzalez4.07220304.011.354.5
R. Black1.00000202.190.894.0
D. Pomeranz (H, 8)1.00000305.141.524.5
F. Peralta (W, 6-3)2.00000305.581.5014.5
J. Hader (S, 31)1.00000202.510.7811.0
PITCHERSIP
G. Gonzalez4.0
R. Black1.0
D. Pomeranz (H, 8)1.0
F. Peralta (W, 6-3)2.0
J. Hader (S, 31)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Smith (L, 8-10)5.26332414.131.141.0
T. Kinley0.10000003.831.610.0
J. Brigham3.00000204.961.2910.0
PITCHERSIP
C. Smith (L, 8-10)5.2
T. Kinley0.1
J. Brigham3.0
PITCHING
  • WP - G. Gonzalez (5)
  • Pitches-Strikes - G. Gonzalez 74-48, R. Black 13-10, D. Pomeranz 16-10, F. Peralta 26-18, J. Hader 11-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Gonzalez 8-1
  • Batters Faced - G. Gonzalez 19, R. Black 3, D. Pomeranz 3, F. Peralta 6, J. Hader 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Smith 107-71, T. Kinley 2-1, J. Brigham 37-22
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Smith 5-8, T. Kinley 1-0, J. Brigham 3-4
  • Batters Faced - C. Smith 25, T. Kinley, J. Brigham 9
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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Y. Grandal C30100111.254.384.483.8672.5
R. Braun LF41121003.279.335.485.8207.0
M. Moustakas 3B30110000.265.336.536.8722.0
T. Austin 1B30000102.190.305.415.7211.0
H. Perez 2B40000011.235.271.382.653-0.5
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O. Arcia SS40000012.216.280.342.623-0.5
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  • a-struck out for G. Gonzalez in the 5th
  • b-grounded out for Pomeranz in the 7th
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J. Berti CF41100012.258.345.419.7643.5
M. Rojas SS40210010.287.340.383.7232.5
G. Cooper 1B40100021.282.345.447.7930.0
S. Castro 3B40000013.267.296.420.715-0.5
J. Alfaro C40000013.271.315.418.732-0.5
I. Diaz 2B41100022.165.266.281.5473.0
L. Brinson RF30110020.183.238.241.4791.0
J. Brigham P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
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A. Dean LF30000021.203.226.336.562-1.0
C. Smith P10100000.256.275.308.5831.0
T. Kinley P0000-000.000.000.000.000-
H. Ramirez RF10000000.271.308.412.7200.0
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  • a-struck out for Brigham in the 9th
BATTING
  • 2B - Y. Grandal (24)
  • HR - R. Braun (19)
  • SF - M. Moustakas (2)
  • RBI - R. Braun 2 (62), M. Moustakas (82)
  • 2-Out RBI - R. Braun 2 (27)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Braun (44), T. Austin 2 (2), O. Arcia (48)
BATTING
  • 3B - I. Diaz
  • SH - C. Smith (4)
  • RBI - M. Rojas (38), L. Brinson (13)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - J. Berti (24), J. Alfaro, I. Diaz (15)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Berti (11)
FIELDING
  • E - Y. Grandal (8)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
G. Gonzalez4.07220304.011.354.5
R. Black1.00000202.190.894.0
D. Pomeranz (H, 8)1.00000305.141.524.5
F. Peralta (W, 6-3)2.00000305.581.5014.5
J. Hader (S, 31)1.00000202.510.7811.0
Total9.07220130---
PITCHERSIP
G. Gonzalez4.0
R. Black1.0
D. Pomeranz (H, 8)1.0
F. Peralta (W, 6-3)2.0
J. Hader (S, 31)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
C. Smith (L, 8-10)5.26332414.131.141.0
T. Kinley0.10000003.831.610.0
J. Brigham3.00000204.961.2910.0
Total9.0633261---
PITCHERSIP
C. Smith (L, 8-10)5.2
T. Kinley0.1
J. Brigham3.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - G. Gonzalez (5)
  • Pitches-Strikes - G. Gonzalez 74-48, R. Black 13-10, D. Pomeranz 16-10, F. Peralta 26-18, J. Hader 11-10
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - G. Gonzalez 8-1
  • Batters Faced - G. Gonzalez 19, R. Black 3, D. Pomeranz 3, F. Peralta 6, J. Hader 3
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - C. Smith 107-71, T. Kinley 2-1, J. Brigham 37-22
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C. Smith 5-8, T. Kinley 1-0, J. Brigham 3-4
  • Batters Faced - C. Smith 25, T. Kinley, J. Brigham 9
  • 4TH INNING
    Brinson singled to shallow center, Diaz scored32
  • 3RD INNING
    Braun homered to right, Gonzalez scored31
  • 1ST INNING
    Rojas singled to shallow center, Berti scored11
    Moustakas hit sacrifice fly to right, Cain scored10
  • 9TH INNING
    • J. Brigham Pitching:
    • H. Perez: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Perez grounded out to first
    • B. Gamel: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gamel struck out looking
    • O. Arcia: Ball, Strike looking, Arcia grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Josh Hader relieved Freddy Peralta
    • J. Alfaro: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Alfaro flied out to right
    • I. Diaz: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Diaz struck out looking
    • Martin Prado hit for Jeff Brigham
    • M. Prado: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Prado struck out swinging
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • J. Brigham Pitching:
    • R. Braun: Ball, Strike looking, Braun popped out to second
    • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Moustakas flied out to left
    • T. Austin: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Austin fouled out to first
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • F. Peralta Pitching:
    • M. Rojas: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Rojas flied out to right
    • G. Cooper: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Cooper struck out on foul tip
    • St. Castro: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Castro popped out to shortstop
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • Jeff Brigham pitching
    • Harold Ramirez in right field
    • Trent Grisham hit for Drew Pomeranz
    • T. Grisham: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Grisham grounded out to shortstop
    • L. Cain: Ball, Cain lined out to center
    • Y. Grandal: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Grandal struck out on foul tip
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Freddy Peralta pitching
    • A. Dean: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Dean struck out on foul tip
    • H. Ramirez: Foul, Strike swinging, Ramirez popped out to second
    • J. Berti: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Berti struck out swinging
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • Ca. Smith Pitching:
    • M. Moustakas: Moustakas lined out to center
    • T. Austin: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Austin walked
    • H. Perez: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Perez struck out swinging
    • B. Gamel: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Gamel singled to left center, Austin to third
    • Tyler Kinley relieved Caleb Smith
    • O. Arcia: Ball, Arcia reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Gamel out at second
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Drew Pomeranz relieved Ray Black
    • J. Alfaro: Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Foul, Strike swinging, Alfaro struck out swinging
    • I. Diaz: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Diaz struck out on foul tip
    • L. Brinson: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Brinson struck out swinging
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • Tyrone Taylor hit for Gio Gonzalez
    • T. Taylor: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Taylor struck out looking
    • L. Cain: Foul, Foul, Foul, Cain lined out to first
    • Y. Grandal: Strike looking, Grandal doubled to left
    • R. Braun: Foul, Braun flied out to left
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Ray Black pitching
    • M. Rojas: Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Rojas struck out swinging
    • G. Cooper: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Cooper lined out to center
    • St. Castro: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Castro struck out swinging
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • Ca. Smith Pitching:
    • H. Perez: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Perez popped out to first
    • B. Gamel: Strike looking, Ball, Gamel grounded out to second
    • O. Arcia: Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Arcia struck out looking
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
    • I. Diaz: Strike looking, Ball, Diaz tripled to deep center
    • L. Brinson: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Brinson singled to shallow center, Diaz scored
    • A. Dean: Ball, Foul, Dean flied out to deep right
    • Ca. Smith: Smith hit sacrifice bunt to third, Brinson to second
    • J. Berti: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Brinson to third on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Berti grounded out to second
    • End of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • Ca. Smith Pitching:
    • G. Gonzalez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Gonzalez singled to right
    • L. Cain: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Cain struck out looking
    • Y. Grandal: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Grandal flied out to shallow right
    • R. Braun: Foul, Braun homered to right, Gonzalez scored
    • M. Moustakas: Moustakas singled to shallow center
    • T. Austin: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Austin grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 3rd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
    • M. Rojas: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Ball, Rojas singled to shallow right
    • G. Cooper: Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Cooper struck out swinging
    • St. Castro: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Castro reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Rojas out at second
    • J. Alfaro: Ball, Strike swinging, Alfaro reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Castro out at second
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • Ca. Smith Pitching:
    • H. Perez: Strike swinging, Perez grounded out to first
    • B. Gamel: Ball, Strike looking, Gamel popped out to second
    • O. Arcia: Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Arcia grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
    • L. Brinson: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Brinson struck out swinging
    • A. Dean: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul tip, Dean struck out on foul tip
    • Ca. Smith: Ball, Strike swinging, Smith singled to center
    • J. Berti: Berti reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Smith out at second
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • Ca. Smith Pitching:
    • L. Cain: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Cain singled to center
    • Y. Grandal: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Grandal walked, Cain to second
    • R. Braun: Ball, Strike swinging, Braun reached on fielder's choice to third, Cain to third, Grandal out at second
    • M. Moustakas: Ball, Foul, Ball, Moustakas hit sacrifice fly to right, Cain scored
    • T. Austin: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Austin lined out to center
    • Middle of the 1st (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • G. Gonzalez Pitching:
    • J. Berti: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Berti singled to right center
    • M. Rojas: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Berti stole second, Berti to third on catcher Grandal throwing error, Rojas singled to shallow center, Berti scored
    • G. Cooper: Ball, Cooper singled to shallow left, Rojas to second
    • St. Castro: Castro grounded out to second, Rojas to third, Cooper to second
    • J. Alfaro: Ball, Ball, Ball, Alfaro reached on fielder's choice to second, Rojas out at home
    • I. Diaz: Strike looking, Diaz grounded out to shortstop
    • End of the 1st (1 Run, 3 Hits, 1 Error)