The loss pushed the Brewers four games back of the first-place Cubs — who beat the Cardinals on Saturday — in the National League Central. They are also three games behind the Rockies for the second NL Wild Card spot, pending Colorado’s result against the Padres.
Miami jumped on Brewers starter Zach Davies for four straight singles to open up the game in what would be a four-run, 31-pitch inning. Davies, who was seeking to become the first Brewers pitcher since Chris Capuano in 2005 to reach 18 wins in a season, also allowed a two-run shot off the right-field foul pole to Derek Dietrich in the third. The right-hander allowed six runs in four innings, further taxing a Brewers bullpen that used eight relievers on Friday.
Adam Conley shook off his rocky start to September and a first-inning run from the Brewers to retire 11 of the next 12 batters he faced after a first-inning Ryan Braun double. He lasted 5 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on five hits and three walks.
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With some Braun: The Brewers’ offense showed some life against Conley in the sixth, with Braun and Travis Shaw leading off the inning with back-to-back homers to cut the Marlins’ lead to 6-3. Braun took a 3-2 slider the other way, and two pitches later, Shaw turned on another hanging slider. It was just Shaw’s second hit at Miller Park since Aug. 16 after breaking an 0-for-25 skid in Milwaukee on Friday, and it was the seventh time the Brewers have hit back-to-back homers this season.
Tazawa walks a tightrope:Junichi Tazawa raised the Marlins’ blood pressure in the sixth inning in relief of Conley. Tazawa entered the game with a runner on first base and two outs, but after giving up a single to Orlando Arcia and walking pinch-hitter Neil Walker, the Brewers brought the go-ahead run to the plate in Hernan Perez. Tazawa escaped, though, as Perez swung at the first pitch of the at-bat and popped out to right field.
Fabian Ardaya is a reporter for MLB.com who covered the Brewers on Saturday.
Andrew Gruman is a contributor to MLB.com who covered the Marlins on Saturday.
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