Marlins 12, Brewers 4

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MILWAUKEE (AP)—Mark Redman used the same strategy and got the same results.

Redman allowed only an unearned run over eight innings, and Derrek Lee homered twice to lead the Florida Marlins over the Milwaukee Brewers 12-4 Tuesday night.

It was Redman’s second start against Milwaukee, and he was almost as dominating as in his four-hitter on April 24, when he struck out a career-high 11.

“You go with the same game plan of what you beat them with before and make adjustments,” he said. “Carrying that into this game, you’re a little bit more confident and have a better game plan of what you’re going to do.”

Redman (4-2) allowed one run and six hits in eight innings, beating the Brewers for the second time this season. His previous start was his worst of the season—he lasted just 3 2-3 innings against Oakland, giving up five runs, six hits and four walks.

“I thought I made pretty good adjustments by not throwing the changeup as much with two strikes, like I did last time,” he said. “Instead, I threw the fastball in there with two strikes.”

It was his first road start since April 29 at Arizona, when he injured his left thumb.

Brewers manager Ned Yost was more concerned with his team’s preparation than with Redman’s performance.

“I think Redman was OK,” he said. “But I don’t think our approach was very good. We need a better approach.”

The Brewers have lost three straight overall and dropped to 11-22 at home. Florida has won its last six games against Milwaukee.

Redman had a 4-0 lead before throwing a pitch.

Lee hit a two-run homer in the first, then added a solo shot in the fourth. Both homers were off Ben Sheets (6-5), who has allowed a major legaue-high 20 homers.

“I don’t ever want to throw anything right down the middle because they end up on the other side of the wall,” Sheets said.

Sheets, winless in six home starts since defeating St. Louis on April 15, gave up five runs and seven hits in seven innings. He struck out eight, matching his season high.

Lee, who was 3-for-5, had his third multihomer game this season, the eighth of his career, and raised his season home run total to 12. He began the day in a 1-for-16 slide after going 4-for-4 against Oakland on June 3.

Florida broke open the game with a seven-run ninth off Milwaukee’s bullpen. It was a season-high in runs scored in an inning for Florida and matched the most runs allowed in an inning by Milwaukee this season.

Todd Hollandsworth snapped an 0-for-22 stretch with a two-run double off Luis Vizcaino, Mike Mordecai and Ivan Rodriguez hit RBI singles off Matt Ford, Lowell hit a run-scoring single off Brooks Kieschnick and pinch-hitter Brian Banks hit a two-run double as the Marlins sent 11 batters to the plate.

Florida went ahead in the first after Juan Pierre singled and stole his major league-leading 25th base. Luis Castillo sacrificed toward third baseman Wes Helms, who threw over first for an error that allowed Pierre to score.

Mike Lowell singled in a run, and Lee followed with his first homer.

Sheets had an RBI single in the second after Lowell’s two-base throwing error on Helms’ grounder to third.

Milwaukee scored three in the ninth off Allen Levrault. Helms led off with asolo homer, and Scott Podsednik and Richie Sexson had RBI singles.

Notes

Sheets has given up at least one homer in each of his last six starts and 13 of his 15 starts. … Brewers GM Doug Melvin had surgery Tuesday on a herniated disc in his back. … Milwaukee RHP Todd Ritchie (1-2, 5.08 ERA) is to have surgery June 17 to repair the rotator cuff in his right shoulder, which ends his season after five starts. He’s been on the 15-day disabled list since April 25 with right shoulder fatigue. … The Marlins recalled RHP Kevin Olsenfrom Albuquerque and optioned RHP Vladimir Nunez to the Triple-A team.

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