MILWAUKEE — Lorenzo Cain homered, doubled twice and scored four times, and pinch-hitter Ryan Braun launched a three-run homer that gave him 1,000 RBIs and powered the Milwaukee Brewers to a 12-3 victory over the Miami Marlins on Thursday night.
Lewis Brinson, acquired from Milwaukee in the offseason trade for Christian Yelich, celebrated his return to Miller Park with his first two homers of the season for Miami.
The Brewers erased a 3-2 deficit with three runs in the fifth inning and added seven in the sixth.
Cain opened the fifth with his second homer. Travis Shaw worked a two-out walk, bringing on reliever Odrisamer Despaigne. Jesus Aguilar greeted Despaigne with an RBI double into the left-field corner and Hernan Perez blooped a run-scoring single into right-center to make it 5-3.
Braun’s fourth homer keyed the seven-run sixth and gave him 1,000 career RBIs. Orlando Arcia added a solo homer in the inning, along with doubles by Cain and Jett Bandy.
Nursing several injuries lately, Braun was held out Wednesday against Cincinnati with a sore left calf.
Chase Anderson (2-1) allowed three runs and five hits in 5 1/3 innings for the win.
Dillon Peters (2-2) gave up four runs and three hits in 4 2/3 innings. He walked five and uncorked two wild pitches.
Brinson, mired in a 1-for-36 slump since April 2, launched a two-run homer to center in the fifth that put the Marlins up 3-2. He also connected leading off the third.
Brinson began the night batting .131 (8 for 61) with one RBI and no extra-base hits. He hadn’t started since Sunday.
Milwaukee took a 2-1 lead in the third when Cain doubled, advanced to third on Yelich’s groundout and scored on a wild pitch.
Cain and Yelich also manufactured a run in the first. Cain walked, moved up on a wild pitch and went to third when Yelich reached on an error. Yelich was caught in a rundown attempting to steal second, but stayed alive long enough for Cain to score.
It was Yelich’s first game against the Marlins and the first time he and Cain both started in the outfield together since April 4. Yelich came off the disabled list Tuesday and returned to action Wednesday.