MIAMI (AP) — Jesús Aguilar, Jorge Soler and Brian Anderson homered and the Miami Marlins defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 9-3 on Saturday night.
Miami-starter Trevor Rogers threw 5 1/3 innings of a one-run ball. Rogers (2-4) gave up five hits, struckout eight and hit one batter.
A day after leaving early due to stomach problems, Avisail García singled twice for the Marlins, who made a five-game home slip.
“I think we have a great team here with the right pieces to fight,” Aguilar said. “You’re going to see it. You will see that we are positive and stick together. At the end of the season we will be in a good position.”
Solo home runs by Aguilar and Soler and Anderson’s two-run shot against Milwaukee starter Eric Lauer in the fourth helped the Marlins narrow a 1-0 deficit. The blasts from Aguilar and Soler started the inning, while Anderson made contact after Jesús Sánchez reached on a two-out single.
“It’s kind of what we expected, running, balls in the hole, runners on the move,” Anderson said.
The Marlins filled in their lead in the sixth on Miguel Rojas’ two-run double and a fielder’s choice by Garrett Cooper who scored Rojas from third place. García also raced home from second on a fielding error by Milwaukee second baseman Luis Urías on Anderson’s grounder.
There was a brief delay in the inning for a rule change, as the umpiring crew needed verification of the count during Sánchez’s at bat. Home plate umpire Bill Welke also sent Marlins out when hitting coach Marcus Thames before Sánchez finished his turn.
“If you really look at that piece, he didn’t really wave, but it looks like he does if you don’t watch him with that move,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly told Sanchez on the pitch that the assessment forced. “We’ve seen it enough, but when you watch it in real time, you think, ‘It looks kinda funny, doesn’t it?’ And then they mixed up the count.”
Lauer (3-1) was waived after five innings. The lefthander gave up four runs, six hits and struckout seven.
“He made bad pitches and they made him pay for it,” said Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell. “Not with singles but home runs. If you look at all three pitches, they were pitches that he didn’t put where he wanted. It was the middle of their lineup and they made some good swings on it. †
Willy Adames gave Milwaukee an early advantage with his solo blast in the first. Adames drove Rogers’ fastball over the wall to the left for his ninth homer.
Hunter Renfroe tied Adames for the team’s home run lead with a two-run shot off Miami reliever Dylan Floro in the eighth.
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After hitting just one homer in April, Aguilar has already gone four deep in the first two weeks of May. Aguilar also homered in consecutive games at home. Last season, Aguilar hit 13 home runs on the road for his first home shot against the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 7.
“Stay positive, that’s what matters to me,” said Aguilar. “Just go out and compete.”
Former Marlins-pitcher Livan Hernández threw the ceremonial first pitch to teammate Charles Johnson before the game. The retired pitcher and catcher was a member of the 1997 Marlins’ World Series championship team, which is celebrated in the weekend series. Hernández was named World Series MVP after his two wins against Cleveland.
Brewers: RHP Jandel Gustave suffered a strained right hamstring during his one-inning of relief in the sixth. … FROM Andrew McCutchen (COVID-19 injured list) could return for the next homestand starting Monday, provided he clears required protocols, Counsell said.
Marlins: Cooper left after his sixth at bat due to a right knee contusion.
RHP Brandon Woodruff (3-2, 5.97) starts the series final for the Brewers on Sunday and the Marlins start RHP Elieser Hernández (2-2, 6.37).
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