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Marlins win home run derby, lose game to Brewers 9-5

MIAMI -- With a game-time temperature of 83 degrees and sub-70 percent humidity, the Marlins Park roof remained open for Friday's series opener against the Brewers. It turned the place into Cape Canaveral.

The two teams combined for a Marlins Park record seven home runs -- including two solo shots apiece from Giancarlo Stanton and Garrett Jones -- but it was the Brewers' bats that acclimated best to the conditions. Behind eight extra-base hits they topped the Marlins 9-5, dropping them to 15-2 all-time at home when hitting four or more homers in a game.

The Marlins had never homered this many times in a game and failed to score at least six runs. Not that six would have made a difference for starter Tom Koehler.

Mark Reynolds homered twice off Koehler and Carlos Gomez became the first opposing player in two-plus seasons at Marlins Park to double three times. The Brewers accounted for 12 of the game's first 14 hits, nine of which Koehler surrendered during his five-inning outing.

"Just didn't throw enough quality pitches," Koehler said. "They seemed to hit every mistake I made pretty hard...I don't know if it was as much patterns as it was see-ball, hit-ball. It wasn't like they were hitting the same pitch. First-pitch slider it gets hit off the wall. First-pitch fastball it gets hit for a homer."

The Marlins' first four hits off Brewers' starter Marco Estrada were solo homers. Stanton deposited a 0-2 cookie into the shrubs above the 418-foot sign in straightaway center and in the seventh drove a 1-1 offering into the concourse beyond the left-field bleachers.

Stanton's third multi-homer game of 2014 also was the 12th of his career, tying him for Hanley Ramirez for the Marlins' club record.

Jones' blasts, one of which landed in the upper tank in right, came in consecutive at-bats in the fifth and seventh innings. Ten of Jones' last 16 hits dating back to May 13 have gone for extra-bases, including three homers. He is 17 for his last 38 (.447).

The only other time in their history the Marlins homered four times at home and lost was May 6, 1998 to the Giants at the football stadium.

"It's hard to say," manager Mike Redmond said, asked how the open roof affected fly balls. "I think the ball does carry more when the roof is open. I looked at some of those pitches. We made a lot of mistakes in the zone tonight, but we fought. I was happy we mounted some rallies. Giancarlo had a big night. Jones had a big night. We kept battling and we made them sweat a little bit out there."

Then a member of the Braves, Hanson on June 20, 2012 against the Yankees was the last starter before Estrada on Friday to give up as many as four in a game and get the win.

The Brewers in 23 at-bats off Koehler totaled five extra-base hits. Entering the game opponents in four Koehler starts at Marlins Park could boast just three in 93 at-bats.

Already leading 3-1 thanks, the Brewers if the fifth--as they did in the fourth--got a double and homer from Gomez and Reynolds, respectively. Both of Reynolds' blasts -- the first on a first-pitch fastball and second on a 0-1 fastball -- accounted for two runs.

"Those balls were hit," said Koehler, who did not attribute any of the Brewers' power to the open-roof conditions. "They're out no matter what."

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