Brewers 6, Marlins 1

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MIAMI -- In a battle of last-place National League franchises, the Milwaukee Brewers pounded out 16 hits and easily defeated the Miami Marlins 6-1 Monday night at Marlins Park.

The Brewers were led by pitcher Yovani Gallardo (5-6), catcher Jonathan Lucroy, center fielder Carlos Gomez, second baseman Richie Weeks and right fielder Norichika Aoki.

Gallardo allowed just four singles and one walk in eight shutout innings. With his fourth and final strikeout, Gallardo reached 1,000 for his career. He trails only two Brewers on the all-time list: Ben Sheets (1,206) and Teddy Higuera (1,081).

Lucroy had four hits and two RBIs. Gomez had run-scoring singles in his first two at-bats and then tripled and scored in the seventh. Weeks also had three hits, including a solo homer, and stole a run with a great catch on a looping liner to second. And Aoki, who had two hits, scored two runs and made a brilliant running catch in deep right-center field.

It was the fourth win in a row for the Brewers (26-37), who improved to 10-17 on the road.

The Marlins (18-45), playing before a crowd of 13,259, have the worst record in the major leagues. They are 8-3 against the Mets and 10-42 vs. everyone else.

Miami spoiled the Brewers' shutout bid when Juan Pierre hit a one-out triple in the ninth and scored on a groundout by Ed Lucas

The game could have been a matchup of the league's top two home run hitters from 2012. Marlins star Giancarlo Stanton, who hit 37 homers last year, returned from the disabled list and went 1-for-4 with a single up the middle. He struck out to end the game.

But Brewers star Ryan Braun, who led the NL with 41 homers last season, sat out Monday due to a right thumb injury.

Marlins third baseman Placido Polanco left Monday's game due to lower-back stiffness. He was replaced by Lucas.

The Brewers got on the board quickly, scoring twice in the first inning.

Norichika Aoki started the rally with a leadoff double lined to the corner in right field. He scored on Carlos Gomez's one-single to left.

Gomez, who took third on the play after a throwing error was charged to catcher Rob Brantly, scored on Lucroy's hard single just past pitcher Ricky Nolasco.

Aoki and Gomez combined again in the second inning, extending the Brewers' lead to 3-0. Aoki singled to right and scored from second on Gomez's two-out single to center.

The Brewers made it 4-0 on Weeks' third-inning, two-out homer to left. The ball barely got over the fence and was measured at 351 feet.

NOTES: Braun, a former University of Miami standout, said it was possible he will miss the entire three-game series against Miami. He was replaced in the lineup by Logan Schafer. ... Stanton, who had been out of the lineup since April 30 due to a hamstring injury, returned Monday. He tested the injury right away, running hard on a groundout to shortstop. ... Now that Stanton is back, the Marlins' outfield of the future is taking shape. Rookie phenom Marcell Ozuna has moved from right to center. Christian Yelich, a top minor league prospect, could soon be the left fielder. ... RHP Henderson Alvarez, who was supposed to be part of the Miami rotation this year, threw 55 pitches Saturday in a simulated game. Out all season due to right shoulder inflammation, Alvarez could start a rehab stint in a few days. ... Brewers SS Jean Segura entered Monday as the National League leader in hits, with 83. He got one hit on Monday to make it 84. He was on pace for 217 hits this season, which would rank second in franchise history, trailing only Cecil Cooper (219 in 1980). ... Aoki entered Monday with just 12 strikeouts in 217 plate appearances, a ratio of one K every 22.6 times up -- the best mark in the majors. He improved on that ratio on Monday, as he did not strike out in five plate appearances. The last time he struck out was May 25 against Pirates LHP Jeff Locke.
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