Crew ex­tends win streak to 7

The Morning Call - - BASEBALL -

MI­AMI — Ryan Braun hit a tiebreak­ing two-run homer and the Brew­ers beat the Mar­lins 3-2 on Thurs­day to com­plete a four-game sweep that ex­tended their win­ning streak to seven.

The Brew­ers matched their long­est win­ning streak this sea­son and re­mained tied for the sec­ond NL wild card with the Cubs. The Brew­ers (78-68) are 10 games over .500 for the first time since June.

Be­fore the game, the Brew­ers said star Chris­tian Yelich wouldn’t need surgery on his bro­ken right kneecap but was un­likely to re­turn this sea­son.

“What’s within our pic­ture is keep play­ing well,” 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.”

Gio Gon­za­lez and four re­liev­ers re­tired the Mar­lins’ fi­nal 18 bat­ters af­ter Lewis Brin­son’s run-scor­ing sin­gle in the fourth. Freddy Per­alta (6-3) struck out three in two in­nings, and Josh Hader struck out two for his 31st save in 37 chances.

Mike Mous­takas’ sac­ri­fice fly ac­counted for the Brew­ers’ other run.

Brew­ers GM David Stearns said Yelich’s re­cov­ery was ex­pected to take eight to 10 weeks. The reign­ing NL MVP fouled a ball off his leg.

“Frus­trat­ing way for a sea­son to end but these things hap­pen in sports,” Yelich tweeted. “I will be just fine and am look­ing for­ward to mak­ing a full re­cov­ery and sup­port­ing the boys the rest of the sea­son.”

He hit .329 with 44 home runs and 97 RBIs along with 30 stolen bases.

MARK BROWN/GETTY

Ryan Braun flashes Chris­tian Yelich’s num­ber “22” af­ter hit­ting a two-run homer.

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