Mike Moustakas belts two HRs on birthday to spark Brewers

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MIAMI — Mike Moustakas celebrated his 31st birthday in fashion.

He homered twice, together with a tiebreaking, two-run shot within the ninth inning because the Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Miami Marlins 7-5 Wednesday night time of their first sport following star outfielder Christian Yelich’s season-ending damage.

“Clearly two homers is fairly cool it doesn’t matter what day it’s however in your birthday it’s fairly particular,” Moustakas stated. “However much more so is the win, particularly with Yeli taking place. Everybody has to step up much more.”

The Brewers received their sixth in a row. They started the day one sport behind Chicago for the second NL wild-card spot.

“We simply should maintain that rolling into tomorrow and see the place we’re after that,” Moustakas stated.

Yelich, the reigning Nationwide League MVP, broke his proper kneecap in Tuesday night time’s sport when he fouled a ball off himself. He returned to Milwaukee earlier Wednesday for extra assessments.

“It hurts rather a lot to lose him however on the finish of the day we’ve to exit and discover methods to win,” Moustakas stated.

Trent Grisham, one of many outfielders anticipated to get further enjoying time in Yelich’s absence, led off the sport with a house run.

It was 5-all when Moustakas drove a fastball from Miami reliever Jose Urena (4-9) into the higher deck in right-center subject for his 33rd homer. Urena retired the primary two hitters earlier than he walked Yasmani Grandal.

Moustakas returned to the beginning lineup for the primary time since Sept. 2 after recovering from a sprained left wrist. He hit a three-run homer off starter Pablo Lopez within the third put Milwaukee forward 4-2.

“Nice to have him again within the lineup,” Brewers supervisor Craig Counsell stated. “He’s clearly going to be crucial as we transfer on right here.”

Brent Suter (2-0) pitched three innings of scoreless reduction for the win. Josh Hader struck out the aspect within the ninth for his 30th save.

An RBI single by Zach Davies put Milwaukee forward 5-2 within the fourth.

For the third consecutive sport, a Milwaukee starter was lifted with a lead earlier than ending the fifth. Alex Claudio relieved Davies with one out within the fifth and allowed Isan Diaz’s two-run homer. Jay Jackson got here in after Claudio’s one-batter outing and gave up Garrett Cooper’s tying solo homer.

Davies scattered three runs, 4 hits, struck out three and walked two.

Lopez outlasted Davis, pitching 5 innings, permitting 5 runs and 5 hits. The proper-hander struck out two and walked 4.

“Whenever you’re all the time behind within the depend, you don’t have as many choices the place to go, find out how to method each scenario,” Lopez stated.

Magneuris Sierra’s RBI single within the second gave the Marlins their first lead of the collection at 2-1. Sierra drove in Harold Ramirez, who reached on a leadoff triple.