Friday, September 13, 2019 1:00 am
Milwaukee 3 Miami 2
Veteran steps up for Brewers
MIAMI – Ryan Braun honored injured teammate Christian Yelich the past two days by wearing his No. 22 jersey underneath his own.
Braun then put on a Yelich-like performance Thursday, hitting a two-run homer that helped the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Miami Marlins 3-2 to complete a four-game sweep that extended their winning streak to seven.
“I threw up the double deuces for him,” Braun said of his message to Yelich as he crossed home plate. “He texted me, “It's about time you hit a homer.' Forty-fifth homer hit in this jersey this year.”
Milwaukee, which matched its longest winning streak this season, remains tied for the second NL wild card with the Chicago Cubs.
At 78-68, the Brewers are 10 games over .500 for the first time since June.
“What's within our picture is keep playing well,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “The other stuff doesn't matter right now. Keep playing like the past week we're going to put ourselves in a good spot.”
Braun, bothered by a bad back for much of the season, broke a 1-all tie in the third with a two-run homer off Caleb Smith (8-10).
It was Braun's 19th home run this season and the first of his career at Marlins Park.
“I didn't know that, but they are all big at this time of year,” Braun said. “The team is playing so well. So many guys contributing.”
Gio González and four relievers retired Miami's final 18 batters after Lewis Brinson's RBI single in the fourth.
González gave up two runs and seven hits in four innings. He is 0-2 in 12 starts since beating Philadelphia on May 15.
Freddy Peralta (6-3) struck out three in two innings, and Josh Hader fanned two batters for his 31st save in 37 chances.