Crew extends win streak to 7
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.
Ryan Braun flashes Christian Yelich’s number “22” after hitting a two-run homer.