After leading 9-2 over the Marlins, Milwaukee found a way to allow Miami to run up the score after blowing through the lowly Brewers bullpen. The Marlins put three runs up in the seventh inning and six runs in the eighth. All of this after Marco Estrada had a solid start. His six innings resulted in only two earned runs and another no decision.
Ryan Braun and Corey Hart each homered in the sixth inning at Miller Park Tuesday. Their home runs were a part of a six run sixth for the 'Brew Crew'. It was Braun's 23rd home run and Hart's 16th on the season. Braun leads the NL in homers as the All-Star break approaches.
Francisco Rodriquez gave up one of two home runs in the eighth inning and allowed the game tying sac fly. Cameron Loe gave up the other homer to Miami in the six run frame. If it were not for sacrificing his body with a hard slam into the center field wall by Carlos Gomez, Milwaukee would have given up the lead in the awful eighth inning. The catch may go down as the top defensive highlight of the year for Milwaukee.
Still tied at 11 in the bottom of the ninth inning, Cody Ransom singled with two outs. Marlins shortstop Jose Reyes then handled a groundball hit to the shortstop by Martin Maldonado but threw it away at first base to keep the inning alive. Cody Ransom moved up to third base and Milwaukee squandered an opportunity as pinch hitter George Kottaras popped out on the infield.
Reyes would make up for his error in the next inning with a solo home run with two outs off Livan Hernandez. The shot to right field would give the Marlins a 12-11 lead.
But the Brewers had the last at bat. With two outs in the bottom of the tenth inning, Miami closer Heath Bell gave Aramis Ramirez an 0-1 fastball over the heart of the plate. A-Ram sent his 10th home run of the season to deep center field with Carlos Gomez at second base, to clinch a drama filled affair.
Milwaukee has now won four in a row, is four games south of .500 and six games back of the Reds and Pirates in the NL Central.