Brewers fall to Marlins 4-3 after 10 innings
MIAMI — Backup catcher Bryan Holaday hit a walk-off RBI single with one out in the 10th inning Monday, and the Miami Marlins beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-3.
Holaday, who came into the game batting .165, was in the lineup because the Marlins placed All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto on the paternity list before the game in anticipation of the birth of his first child.
Jesus Aguilar gave his All-Star candidacy a boost by hitting his NL-leading 23rd homer for Milwaukee.
Starlin Castro and Brian Anderson homered on consecutive pitches in the seventh inning for the Marlins. Castro’s homer at the end of an 11-pitch at-bat against Josh Hader made it 2-all, and Anderson put Miami ahead by hitting the first pitch off the home run sculpture in center field.
Hader had allowed only two homers previously this year.
In a matchup of worst against first, the Marlins ended a streak of five consecutive losses to Milwaukee. Miami has the worst record and Milwaukee the best in the NL.
The Brewers fell to 21-12 in one-run games.
Miguel Rojas was hit by a pitch from Corey Knebel (2-1) with one out in the 10th, Cameron Maybin walked, and both advanced on a double steal. Holaday then bounced a grounder up the middle against the drawn-in infield.
The Marlins were 1 for 11 with runners in scoring position before his hit.
Milwaukee’s Travis Shaw hit a tying two-out RBI single in the eighth, ending reliever Drew Steckenrider’s streak of 20 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings.
The Brewers had runners at second and third with none out in the 10th, but Brad Ziegler (1-5) struck out Aguilar, and after an intentional walk, Brad Miller bounced into a double play.
Aguilar, one of five contenders for the final NL All-Star roster spot, pulled a 97-mph pitch from Jose Urena into the left field stands in the fourth.
Aguilar’s errant throw at first base led to an unearned run for the Marlins in the fourth. He also made a lunging barehanded catch of reliever Jeremy Jeffress’ wild toss to first on a comebacker to avert an error.
Eric Thames hit a two-out triple in the third and scored on Lorenzo Cain’s single off Urena, who gave up two runs in 5 2/3 innings.
Brewers starter Chase Anderson allowed only an unearned run in 4 2/3 innings but departed after throwing 96 pitches.
Brewers players have been wearing T-shirts that read “We believe in Jesus” to support Aguilar’s All-Star candidacy. He began the week leading the league in slugging and OPS.
“He has been as productive as any hitter in the National League,” manager Craig Counsell said before the game.
Anderson became the first Marlins rookie to reach 100 hits before the All-Star break.
Brewers: LHP Wade Miley (right oblique strain) is expected to be activated to start Thursday at Pittsburgh. It would be his first outing since May 8 and only his third this year. … LHP Brent Suter (forearm tightness) is playing catch but isn’t expected to be activated until after the All-Star break.
RHP Jhoulys Chacin (7-3, 3.63) is scheduled to start Tuesday for the Brewers against RHP Pablo Lopez (1-0, 5.73).