National League Game Summary - Milwaukee at Florida
(Sunday, June 5th)
Final Score: Milwaukee 6, Florida 5 (11 innings)
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Josh Wilson hit a home run in the top of the 11th inning, as the Milwaukee Brewers escaped with a 6-5 victory over the Florida Marlins.
Rickie Weeks hit his 100th career home run and drove in three for the Brewers, who have won each of the first three meetings in the four-game series by one run. John Axford put two on in the bottom of the 11th, but closed the victory for his 16th save.
"You live for those situations late in the game, having a chance to win a game or just contribute and help the team," Wilson said.
Brett Hayes hit a grand slam for the Marlins, who wasted a bases-loaded opportunity in the bottom of the ninth and lost for the seventh time in their last nine games.
LaTroy Hawkins took the mound for Milwaukee in the ninth and was ineffective, giving up a pinch-hit single to Wes Helms before Chris Coghlan bunted into a fielder's choice and Omar Infante sent a base hit to center.
The Brewers brought in Zach Braddock to face Logan Morrison in a lefty-lefty matchup, but Braddock hit Morrison to load the bases with one away.
However, Tim Dillard (1-0) rescued Milwaukee. He got Gaby Sanchez to hit a grounder to third for a force out at home, and induced an inning-ending fly out from Mike Stanton.
Both sides went down in order in the 10th, and Wilson came up with two outs in the 11th. Michael Dunn (4-3) threw a 2-2 fastball at the knees and over the plate, and Wilson hit it just over the left field wall.
"I made one bad pitch, fastball down the middle," Dunn said. "You've got to expect him to hit that."
Axford walked pinch-hitter John Buck to start the home half, then allowed a one-out single to Infante. But he retired Morrison on a pop-up and Sanchez on a grounder to end the game.
The Brewers got on the board in the third inning, which pitcher Chris Narveson began with a single. Weeks then got behind in the count, but managed to drop his bat head on a low-and-inside sinker and send it over the left field wall.
Milwaukee expanded its lead to 3-0 when a Jonathan Lucroy single plated Nyjer Morgan, who had doubled earlier in the inning.
Weeks drove in another run in the fourth with a single. It plated Wilson, who had led off with a base hit, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and beat the throw home. Weeks advanced to second on the play.
Marlins starter Anibal Sanchez created more trouble for himself by hitting Morgan with a pitch. Then, after a fly out put Weeks at third, Sanchez balked to plate a run and give the Brewers a 5-0 advantage. He also threw a wild pitch but escaped the situation without further damage.
But the lead didn't last. Narveson walked Morrison with one away in the sixth before Gaby Sanchez doubled him home. A Stanton single and walk to Greg Dobbs spelled the end of Narveson's outing, and Marco Estrada entered with the bases loaded.
Florida also had the bases loaded in the first, but was held scoreless after Weeks used his glove to flip a slow roller to first to end the inning.
But the Marlins capitalized in the sixth. After Estrada fanned Emilio Bonifacio, he threw Hayes a curveball down and in. But, like Weeks, Hayes got inside the pitch and crushed it into the left field seats to tie the game.
Hayes' slam was the first of his career, and fifth career homer overall...Florida left 11 on base and went 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position...The Brewers improved to 33-26, and are seven games over .500 for the first time since June 30, 2009...Infante had a game-high three hits...Narveson allowed four runs in 5 1/3 innings, giving up four hits, walking five and striking out three...In five innings, Anibal Sanchez gave up five runs on eight hits and a walk, and struck out five.
06/05 19:23:12 ET