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MILWAUKEE -- Caleb Gindl's leadoff home run in the 13th inning gave the Milwaukee Brewers a 1-0 victory over the Miami Marlins' Sunday afternoon at Miller Park.

The home run was the first of Gindl's career and Milwaukee's first walk-off home run of the 2013 season.

Starting pitchers Wily Peralta and Henderson Alvarez set the stage for Gindl's dramatics with matching gems.

Alvarez went seven innings and gave up five hits and a walk with a strikeout, and Peralta went eight, allowing just two hits and two walks while striking out seven.

Peralta came into the game 2-0 with a 0.42 ERA in his last three starts and continued to dazzle, retiring the first eight Marlins batters in order until Alvarez and Adeiny Hechavarria picked up back-to-back two-out base hits in the third.

Double plays in the fourth and seventh and catching Justin Ruggiano trying to steal to end the fifth helped Peralta's cause, as the young right-hander worked past the sixth for the fourth time in six games.

An error by Rickie Weeks put Derek Dietrich on to open the eighth. Dietrich moved to second on Ruggiano's ground out to third. Peralta struck out Rob Brantley for a second out, and after a conference on the mound with manager Ron Roenicke, Peralta finished the inning by getting pinch-hitter Greg Dobbs to ground out to first.

Without Carlos Gomez, Ryan Braun or Jonathan Lucroy in the lineup, Milwaukee, too, struggled to generate offense against Alvarez.

The Brewers' best chance came in the third.

Jeff Bianchi led off with a base hit but was retired when Peralta hit into a double play. Norichika Aoki and Logan Schafer followed with singles, but Jean Segura lined an 0-2 fastball right back to Alvarez who bobbled, but recovered in time to make the throw to first, ending the inning.

Martin Maldonano had a two-out single in the fourth, but Alvarez retired the next nine in order before Gindl's two-out single in the seventh. Gindl was left stranded, however, when Bianchi bounced out to second.

Mike Dunn took over for Alvarez in the eighth and Chad Qualls worked a perfect ninth, sending the game to extra innings.

NOTES: This was baseball's longest scoreless game since July 17, 2001, when the Red Sox beat Tampa Bay, 1-0, in 17 inning. ... The Marlins haven't scored a run in 37 innings. ... Brewers pitchers have thrown a franchise-record 35 scoreless innings and have pitched eight shutouts in their last 30 games. ... Henderson Alvarez's two-out single in the third was his first career major league hit. ... Gomez did not play due to a sore elbow. Since going 4-for-5 against the Mets July 5, Gomez is just 3-for-39 with two home runs and five RBI.
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