Milwaukee (51-58) at Miami (55-54)

Fair Currently: Miami Gardens, FL
Temp: 78° F
  • Game info: 3:05 pm EDT Sun Aug 8, 2004
  • TV: WPXM
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Jeff Conine has almost single-handedly carried the defending World Series champion Florida Marlins in their last three games.

The veteran outfielder will try to given them another lift as they go for a three-game sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers at Pro Player Stadium.

Conine has hit .462 (6-for-13) with a homer and six RBIs in leading the Marlins to three straight victories, including Saturday’s 5-0 triumph. The 38-year-old outfielder hit a grand slam, helping manager Jack McKeon notch his 900th career victory.

McKeon improved to 900-836, joining Tony La Russa, Bobby Cox, Joe Torre, Lou Piniella, Art Howe and Dusty Baker as the only active managers with that many victories.

“I’d like to get 900 more, but I don’t think I can last that long,” said McKeon, 73. “If you want to give me the Yankee club for about seven years … ”

Conine, who has seven career grand slams, broke the franchise record with his fifth slam as a Marlin. He was tied with Derrek Lee after hitting one July 11 against the New York Mets.

The Marlins beat the Brewers for the ninth time in 11 meetings, and won their seventh in 11 games overall despite playing without All-Stars Paul Lo Duca and Mike Lowell on Saturday.

Lo Duca, acquired in a trade with Los Angeles last weekend, sat out because of a sore finger. Lowell, mired in a 2-for-24 slump, was given the night off.

The Brewers have lost a season-high five consecutive games and 15 of their last 19 to fall seven below .500 for the first time this season.

Bill Hall had one of Milwaukee’s three hits Saturday to extend his hitting streak to six games. The second baseman is batting .393 (11-for-28) during his run with four doubles and three RBIs.

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