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Gallardo dominates Marlins again as Brewers win third straight

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MILWAUKEE -- Over the course of his seven-year career, Yovani Gallardo has come to enjoy facing the Miami Marlins.

In six lifetime starts against Miami, Gallardo has been dominant, posting a 4-0 record and 1.29 ERA.

The streak continued Saturday as the right-hander threw six-plus scoreless innings, scattering five hits and two walks with five strikeouts as the Brewers won their third in a row with a 2-0 victory over the Marlins at Miller Park.

In his last three starts, Gallardo is 2-0 with a 3.43 ERA.

"Yovani had great command today," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "When we command the ball, we're tough to get a lot of runs off of. ... He was really efficient."

He got off to a rocky start, working deep into the count against the first three Marlins batters, but he settled in nicely after that and benefitted from a pair of double plays.

"You don't want to start off with a 10-pitch at-bat, but he fouled off some pretty good pitches," Gallardo said. "After that, I kept the ball down and made them put the ball in play."

Gallardo got plenty of help from his offense, which banged out 10 hits against Miami starter Nathan Eovaldi.

The Brewers went ahead early, opening the game with four consecutive hits off Eovaldi, including a two-run double by Ryan Braun.

Jonathan Lucroy led the charge, going 4-for-4 and finishing just a triple shy of the cycle while driving in two runs and scoring.

Milwaukee went ahead 3-0 in the third on Lucroy's home run -- his 14th of the season. Lucroy's home run bounced off the glove of Miami's Giancarlo Stanton and over the fence in right field.

"Baseball is a crazy game," Lucroy said. "I told him I owe him dinner when we play in Miami next year. Stranger things have happened."

"This is what we think he is offensively," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said of Lucroy. "He can really hit. This year, I know he didn't start off well. But we really believe this guy is a guy who can drive in runs and hit for average.

"He's hitting it to every field. That's why he's tough to get out."

Rickie Weeks opened the fourth with a solo home run to center -- his 10th homer of the season -- and Jeff Bianchi followed with a double to left, moving to third on a sacrifice bunt by Gallardo. Bianchi scored on Norichika Aoki's second hit of the day and Milwaukee made it 6-0 on Lucroy's double off the wall in center.

"Most of the counts I was behind and the ball was up in the zone," said Eovaldi, who gave up all six runs while walking two and striking out five. "It's tough to pitch like that. It's frustrating."

The Marlins extended their scoreless-innings streak to 24. Miami hasn't scored since Derek Dietrich's two-run home run in the fourth inning of the Marlins' 10-inning, 5-2 loss to Miami on July 14.

Since that homer, Miami has collected just 15 hits.

"We're getting a couple of good at-bats from a couple of guys but that's it," Redmond said. "Really, we're getting shut down, one through eight. It's tough. We can't score a run."

The Marlins gave Gallardo his only real challenge in the sixth.

Pinch-hitter Juan Pierre singled to open the inning but was retired at second when Adeiny Hechavarria hit into a fielder's choice. Ed Lucas followed with a single to center and moved to second on a throwing error by Juan Francisco as Stanton reached on a fielder's choice.

Logan Morrison ended the inning bouncing into a double play.

Miami threatened again in the seventh, putting runners at the corners with one out after Marcell Ozuna walked, Dietrich singled and Donovan Solano flew out to right. By then, Gallardo had thrown 105 pitches and Roenicke went to his bullpen.

Brandon Kintzler preserved the lead, getting Jeff Mathis to pop out to short and striking out Pierre. Kintzler worked a perfect eighth and Donovan Hand, Michael Gonzalez and Burke Badenhop combined on a scoreless ninth to close out Milwaukee's third straight victory.

NOTES: Both teams wore throwback jerseys; the Brewers honored the 1923 Milwaukee Bears of the Negro National League and the Marlins wore reproductions of the uniforms worn by the 1956 Triple-A Marlins of the International League, which included Hall of Famer Satchel Page. Miami's jerseys included a patch with Page's No. 29 on the sleeve. ... With Justin Ruggiano hitless in his last 20 at-bats, Redmond moved Hechavarria, hitting .444 in July, into the leadoff spot. ... Braun recorded two RBI in a game for the first time since May 26.
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