Milwaukee (8-11) at Miami (9-11)

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  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Tue Apr 22, 2003
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The Milwaukee Brewers look to win three straight games for the first time this season when they open a three-game series with the Florida Marlins.

After splitting the first two games of a four-game series with Houston, Milwaukee won 3-2 in 14 innings on Saturday and followed with a 5-4 victory Sunday.

Milwaukee has won back-to-back contests three times this season and is now looking to win three straight for the first time since a four-game winning streak last Aug. 30-Sept. 2.

On Sunday, Curtis Leskanic won for the first time in nearly two years and Keith Ginter drove in a career-high three runs to lead the Brewers.

Leskanic, a 35-year-old right-hander coming back from right-shoulder surgery in October 2001, pitched 1 2-3 scoreless innings of one-hit relief with three walks and one strikeout. It was his first victory since May 15, 2001 at Philadelphia.

“I thought Curtis and our other relievers did a great job,” Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. “Curtis hasn’t pitched much in the last couple years, but he got the job done with a great inning for us.”

Ginter had an RBI single in the sixth inning to bring the Brewers within one, then hit a two-run single in the seventh to put Milwaukee ahead. He started at third base in place of the slumping Wes Helms.

“Our bench has done a great job,” Yost said. “Keith came through with the big hit today.”

Florida fell 7-4 on Sunday to the New York Mets and has lost five of eight since a four-game winning streak from April 9-12.

The Marlins had early 2-0 and 3-2 leads, but allowed the Mets to put the game away with a five-run seventh inning that was sparked by pitcher Vladimir Nunez’s fielding error.

“We have to play games where we don’t beat ourselves,” Florida manager Jeff Torborg said.

Derrek Lee and Alex Gonzalez both homered for the Marlins, who ended a six-game homerless streak.

“It just proves that homers don’t necessarily mean wins,” Lee said.

STANDINGS: Brewers - 5th place, 4 GB, NL Central. Marlins - 4th place, 2 1/2 GB, NL East.

BREWERS PROBABLE STARTER: Wayne Franklin (1-2, 8.35 ERA). Franklin was forced to enter Saturday’s 14-inning game, pitching 1 2-3 scoreless innings in helping the depleted Brewers staff come away with the win. The left-hander was hit hard in his last start, allowing nine runs and eight hits over 3 2-3 innings in a 15-2 loss to St. Louis on Wednesday.

MARLINS PROBABLE STARTER: Brad Penny (2-1, 5.29 ERA). The right-hander allowed six earned runs in losing his first start this season, but has since yielded only four runs over his last two outings. He gave up just two hits over seven scoreless innings in a 3-1 win over Philadelphia last Wednesday.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Brewers - Geoff Jenkins, .367 avg; Richie Sexson, 5 HRs; Jenkins and Royce Clayton, 13 RBIs; Jenkins and Eric Young, 12 runs; Young and Alex Sanchez, 3 SBs. Marlins - Gonzalez, .361 avg and 5 HRs; Gonzalez, Lee and Mike Lowell, 16 RBIs; Lowell, 13 runs; Lee, 8 SBs.

2002 SEASON SERIES: Marlins, 4-2.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Brewers - CF Sanchez is expected to return after missing Sunday’s game with a bruised lower leg. … The Brewers have a 7.94 ERA in their 11 losses this season. … Milwaukee hit just three homers in six games against Florida last season. Marlins - SS Gonzalez is batting .388 (7-for-18) with four doubles and five RBIs during a five-game hitting streak. … RHP Penny is 1-1 with a 6.00 ERA in two career appearances against Milwaukee. … CF Juan Pierre hit .474 (9-for-19) against the Brewers last season as a member of the Colorado Rockies.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Brewers - 4-5 on the road; Marlins - 5-4 at home.

INJURIES: Brewers - OF Jeffrey Hammonds (ankle), 15-day DL; RHP Jayson Durocher (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Nick Neugebauer (shoulder), 15-day DL. Marlins - OF Abraham Nunez (hamstring), 15-day DL.

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W. Franklin KC vs. B. Penny CWS
10-13 Record 14-10
5.50 ERA 4.13
116 K 138
94 BB 56
1.52 WHIP 1.28