MILWAUKEE (AP) - Tom Koehler felt humiliated after getting shelled by the Milwaukee Brewers.
Allowing two runs in the first inning put the Miami Marlins and their starter in a tough-enough spot. A seven-run third inning by the Brewers all but assured that Miami’s seven-game winning streak would come to an end.
The Marlins never recovered after falling behind 11-1 after four, eventually losing 14-5 on Sunday.
“They hit everything I threw. I didn’t have great command. I didn’t give the team a chance to win,” Koehler said. “I felt like that was a flat-out embarrassing performance.”
Chris Carter went 3 for 5 with two homers and three RBIs to lead Milwaukee’s season-high 18-hit barrage. Jonathan Villar also went 3 for 5, with two doubles and two runs scored for the Brewers, who ended a four-game losing streak in a slugfest in which the teams combined for 34 hits.
The Brewers chased Koehler (2-3) during a third highlighted by Carter’s two-run, opposite-field shot to right-center.
Koehler lasted just 2 1/3 innings, giving up eight runs and eight hits, ballooning his ERA by nearly three runs to 7.25. Koehler credited the Brewers’ hitters, though he still wasn’t happy with the way he threw.
“It seemed like it was rough from the very beginning,” manager Don Mattingly said. “I think he was OK, just didn’t seem like anything was going his way.”
Ryan Braun added three singles and two RBIs on day when the Brewers gave away Braun bobblehead dolls. Wily Peralta (2-3) labored through five-plus innings, allowing 13 hits and five runs, but still won his second straight start.
Staked to an 11-1 lead after four innings, Peralta struggled through the next two frames. Manager Craig Counsell had to turn to his overworked bullpen with two outs in the sixth, and three relievers combined to shut out the Marlins the rest of the way.
“I started pretty good, the first four innings. But I was struggling at the end of the game and that’s not a way you want to finish, especially with that lead,” Peralta said.
LEFT ON BASE
The Marlins had double-digit hits for all three games at hitter-friendly Miller Park, though the lineup squandered more scoring opportunities. The Marlins left 11 men on base, after stranding 17 during a 7-5 win on Saturday night.
“I look at it like we won two out of three, I don’t look back on runners,” Mattingly said. “The good thing about runners is you’ve got to get them out there to score runs and we scored runs.”
Martin Prado, Derek Dietrich and J.T. Realmuto each had three hits for the Marlins. Prado raised his average to .410.
“Prado has to be the hottest hitter in the game right now. He’s a tough out,” Counsell said.
Marlins: OF Christian Yelich got the day off from the starting lineup, but grounded out as a pinch-hitter with two outs and runners on the corners in the seventh. His season-opening streak of reaching base ended at 23 games.
Brewers: C Jonathan Lucroy got the day off behind the plate, with Martin Maldonado getting the start. Maldonado was 1 for 4 with an RBI single and bases-loaded walk.
Marlins: Following a day off Monday, LHP Justin Nicolino (1-0) takes the mound to open a three-game series on Tuesday against the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks.
Brewers: Opponents are hitting just .212 this season off RHP Jimmy Nelson (3-2), who gets the start for the first game of a three-game interleague set against the visiting Los Angeles Angels.
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