on June 1, 2007 by in Uncategorized, Comments (0)

Brewers 4, Marlins 3

MILWAUKEE (AP) _ Prince Fielder hit his league-leading 19th homer, J.J. Hardy drove in the go-ahead run in the eighth and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Florida Marlins 4-3 on Thursday night.

Corey Hart doubled with two outs in the eighth and Hardy followed with a single off Matt Lindstrom (0-2) for his team-leading 46th RBI.

The Marlins made a move to improve their bullpen late Thursday, agreeing to send reliever Randy Messenger to the San Francisco Giants for struggling closer Armando Benitez.

Neither Florida or San Francisco made an official announcement. Asked whether Benitez had been sent to the Marlins, agent Mike Powers said, “It’s a done deal.”

The struggling Brewers have lost seven of nine and are 6-14 since starting 24-10, but snapped the Marlins’ six-game road winning streak.

Milwaukee’s bullpen held up a day after its relievers allowed eight runs in the final two innings of a 9-3 loss to Atlanta. Carlos Villanueva (4-0) threw two scoreless innings and Francisco Cordero earned his 19th save in as many chances.

The Marlins, on an 11-game, 10-day road trip, had started 3-0 and were looking to get back to .500 for the first time since May 4, but they squandered a bunch of opportunities, including a bases-loaded threat with one out in the fourth.

Brewers starter Claudio Vargas struck out Alfredo Amezaga and got Dan Uggla to pop out to get out of the fourth. Vargas went six innings, giving up three runs and six hits with two walks. He struck out six.