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Brewers-Marlins Preview

AP - Sports

While the Miami Marlins own baseball's worst road record, no one has been better at home.

The Marlins try to continue their home dominance in the first of three against the slumping Milwaukee Brewers, who won't have Ryan Braun in the starting lineup Friday night.

Playing at home has made all the difference for Miami (25-23), which has hit .295 in going 19-6 at Marlins Park. The Marlins have won 13 of 15 there after beating Philadelphia 4-3 in walkoff fashion Thursday.

Marcell Ozuna hit a two-run homer and Christian Yelich delivered a game-winning, two-out, bases-loaded single after the Marlins blew a three-run lead.

"It's really important, especially against a divisional opponent," Yelich told MLB's official website. "For us to get ahead like that early, and they came back on us. ... To be able to finish it there at the end, it's huge for us."

The Marlins, who have claimed four of their last six home wins in walkoff fashion, are tied with Pittsburgh with a major league-leading five such victories.

"These guys don't quit," manager Mike Redmond said. "That's the beauty of this ballclub, is that no matter who it is, everybody knows their job, knows their role, and they're out there trying to win."

Miami will try to stay hot behind Tom Koehler (4-3, 2.25 ERA), who is 3-0 with a 0.64 ERA over four home starts. The right-hander is looking to win back-to-back outings for the first time this season after throwing seven innings of four-hit ball in Saturday's 5-0 win at San Francisco.

"He was down in the strike zone and he had a great feel for his breaking ball," Redmond said. "The key for Tommy is to pound the strike zone. When he keeps the ball down, he's pretty tough."

Koehler appears to have a favorable matchup against a Brewers team that's hit .204 during a 1-5 slide.

"We'll have to figure out a way to get some baserunners on, so we can create some problems," manager Ron Roenicke said.

Getting on track could prove all the more difficult without Braun, who was forced from Thursday's 5-4 loss at Atlanta with tightness in his right side. The slugging right-fielder, batting .289 with seven homers and 19 RBIs in 31 games, was on the disabled list with a similar injury a few weeks ago and missed 14 games.

Braun, though, is available off the bench, and manager Ron Roenicke said he hoped the former MVP would be back in the lineup by Sunday.

Milwaukee (28-20) now turns to Marco Estrada (3-2, 3.64 ERA), who served up two more homers in Sunday's 4-2 road loss to the Chicago Cubs. The right-hander has already been taken deep 12 times, tied for the most in baseball.

"I was terrible. Plain and simple, terrible," said Estrada, who yielded four runs, seven hits and two walks over five innings. "I got to figure things out. My off-speed pitches haven't been there and that's what's letting me down. Plain and simple, it's just a bad pitched game."

Estrada is 0-2 with a 7.43 ERA in three career starts against the Marlins, though he hasn't faced them since 2012. Giancarlo Stanton, 0 for 4 with four strikeouts against Estrada, is batting .385 with four homers, 12 RBIs and 14 runs over his last 19 games.

The Brewers have taken 17 of 22 from the Marlins, including last season's final four meetings by a combined 19-1 score.

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