The Marlins look for a franchise-best eighth straight victory against the Brewers and a series sweep when the teams conclude their three-game set at Miller Park on Sunday.
Florida beat Milwaukee 9-6 in 10 innings on Saturday, handing the Brewers their ninth straight loss overall. The Marlins (67-68) are 6-0 against Milwaukee (62-74) this season and have won seven straight in the series dating to Aug. 25, 2005.
The Marlins swept the Brewers in four games last week in Miami and appear set to sweep again this weekend.
The Brewers tied Saturday’s game at six with a two-run homer from Geoff Jenkins in the bottom of the ninth, but Florida responded with three runs in the top of the 10th.
“They’re very resilient. They have lots of character, lots of heart and lots of fight in them,” Marlins manager Joe Girardi said. “It tells you our guys believe.”
The Marlins are trying to become the first team since 1899 to reach the .500 mark after falling 20 games below. They were 11-31 on May 21.
Florida is two games behind the San Diego Padres in the NL wild-card standings. Milwaukee trails by 7 1/2 games with 26 games remaining. This is the Brewers’ longest losing streak since a 12-game skid from Aug. 18-30, 2004.
“We can’t get a break, it’s a part of the game,” Brewers manager Ned Yost said. “Sometimes you make your own breaks and we haven’t done much of that either.”
Scott Olsen (11-7, 4.24 ERA) looks for his third straight victory when he starts for Florida on Sunday. Olsen allowed one run and three hits in eight innings of a 9-1 victory over St. Louis on Tuesday.
“To pitch like that, that’s the ultimate goal,” Olsen said. “Today was probably the best game I’ve had all year.”
The left-hander didn’t earn a decision against Milwaukee on July 4, 2005, his second major league start. He allowed two runs and six hits in 5 2-3 innings of the Marlins’ 3-2 loss.
Tomo Ohka (4-3, 4.40), who has only one victory in his last seven starts, faces a tough task when he takes the mound for Milwaukee on Sunday.
Ohka has struggled in his career against Florida, with a 2-10 record and 5.02 ERA in 17 career starts. He snapped an eight-game losing streak with a victory against the Marlins on Aug. 24, 2005, his last outing against them.
The 10 losses are his most against any opponent and double what his next-worst total is—5-5 against Atlanta.
Since beating Cincinnati on July 23, Ohka has gone 1-2 with a 6.23 ERA in seven starts, causing his ERA to rise from 2.87.