Ramirez leads Brewers past Marlins in extra innings
MIlwaukee, WI, United States (4E Sports) – Third baseman Aramis Ramirez hit a walk-off two-run home run in the 10th inning to lead the Milwaukee Brewers past the Miami Marlins, 13-12, Tuesday after squandering a seven-run lead at Miller Park.
The victory was the fourth straight for the Brewers, who have defeated the Marlins 10 straight times and twice in this four-game series, the longest active winning streak in any intraleague series in the majors. Milwaukee also had a streak of 12 consecutive wins in the series from April 3, 1998 to May 5, 1999.
Shortstop Jose Reyes had given the Marlins a 12-11 edge after a solo shot in the top half of the 10th against Livan Hernandez (2-1) before Ramirez countered with a two-run homer against closer Heath Bell (2-4).
Ramirez finished 2-of-6 with four RBIs, including a two-run double in the third that gave the Brewers a 3-2 lead after Logan Morrison opened the game with a two-run shot for the Marlins.
First baseman Corey Hart and Ryan Braun homered in the six-run sixth frame that gave the Brewers a 9-2 advantage.
But the Marlins scored nine runs in the seventh and eighth frames behind homers by Justin Ruggiano and John Buck, a two-run double by Omar Infante and an RBI single by Reyes to tie the count at 11 and force extra innings.
Reyes hit 3-of-6 with two hits and two runs but he had two errors that somewhat helped the Brewers escape with the win while Infante and Buck had two RBIs apiece for the Marlins.
Braun drove his 23rd homer of the season and added three RBIs for the Brewers while right fielder Norichika Aoki drove in two runs and second baseman Rickie Weeks finished the game 3-of-5 with two runs .
Marco Estrada pitched five effective innings for the Brewers, allowing just four hits and two earned runs while striking out six while Hernandez got the win after pitching in the 10th with two strikeouts.
Bell suffered the loss and his fifth blown save after giving up the two-run shot to Ramirez.