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MIAMI -- Giancarlo Stanton blasted his first home run since returning from the disabled list, and his two-run, eighth-inning shot helped the Miami Marlins rally to a 5-4 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night at Marlins Park.

Stanton hit his homer 397 feet to left-center field on the first pitch he saw from reliever Jim Henderson (2-2). There were two outs, and Juan Pierre was on first after reaching on an infield single.

Marlins reliever Steve Cishek worked a 1-2-3 ninth inning to secure his seventh save of the season. Chad Qualls (2-0) pitched a perfect eighth.

Miami (19-45) continues to sport the worst record in the major leagues, but the return of Stanton and Logan Morrison (two doubles Tuesday) off of the DL this week has given Marlins fans some hope.

The Brewers (26-38) conclude the three-game series at Marlins Park on Wednesday.

Marlins starter Jacob Turner pitched reasonably well, lasting seven innings and allowing four runs (three earned).

Turner was on the mound when the Brewers took a 4-3 lead with a two-run rally in the seventh. Rickie Weeks drew a one-out walk and scored on Yuniesky Betancourt's triple to right. It was the Brewers' major-league-leading 26th triple of the season.

Betancourt then scored on pinch hitter Scooter Gennett's suicide-squeeze bunt.

With Brewers starter Wily Peralta out of the game after allowing three runs in six innings, the Marlins tried to rally in the bottom of the seventh. Morrison greeted reliever Mike Gonzalez with a double. But Gonzalez got a big strikeout on Derek Dietrich.

The Brewers went to the bullpen again, and John Axford responded well, getting Adeiny Hechavarria to ground out and then striking out backup catcher Jeff Mathis on a 3-2 pitch that was a close call.

The Marlins got on the board first, scoring three times in the second inning.

Rookie Marcell Ozuna, who hit a leadoff single, scored on Morrison's double to center. The Marlins made it 3-0 on rookie Derek Dietrich's two-run homer to right. Dietrich hit a 1-0 fastball 408 feet for his sixth homer of the season.

The Brewers got a run back in the fourth -- and they did it on the cheap. Carlos Gomez struck out but reached first on a wild pitch. He was balked to second and got to third on a throwing error by pitcher Jacob Turner. Gomez then scored on Jonathan Lucroy's sacrifice fly to center.

NOTES: Brewers LF Ryan Braun missed his second straight start due to a right thumb injury. ... After getting a day off Monday, Brewers 1B Yuniesky Betancourt returned to the lineup Tuesday, replacing Juan Francisco. ... Marlins rookie Ed Lucas got the start at third in place of veteran Placido Polanco, who is out with a back injury. ... The Marlins are just the third team since 1920 to win a 20-plus-inning game and a 10-plus-inning game on successive days. The 1982 Angels and the 1989 Astros are the other two teams to achieve the feat. ... Brewers relievers entered the night with a combined 2.11 ERA over the past 34 games, a span of 127 2/3 innings. That lowered the bullpen ERA from 4.16 to 2.95, fourth best in the NL. ... Attendance at Marlins Park was 13,110. ... Colin Moran, the Marlins' first-round pick last week, hit a run-scoring triple Tuesday to lead No. 1 seed North Carolina to a 5-4 victory over South Carolina. On Sunday in Omaha, Moran and the Tar Heels will play ACC rival North Carolina State in their first game of this year's College World Series.
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