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Brewers flat in 2-1 loss to Marlins

MIAMI -- It's hard to figure out the Milwaukee Brewers' offense.

Less than 24 hours after pounding out eight extra-base hits and scoring nine runs in one of their better offensive showings of the season, the Brewers were unable to score against a pitcher who hadn't won since last July.

Blanked for 6 1/3 innings by Jacob Turner, who entered the game with a 6.59 earned run average, the Brewers fell to the Miami Marlins, 2-1, at Marlins Park Saturday afternoon.

The loss dropped the Brewers' record to 3-6 on their longest trip of the season with one game remaining.

The Brewers had some early scoring chances against Turner but failed to cash in. Carlos Gomez led off the second with a double, but Mark Reynolds lined out to first and Scooter Gennett struck out.

Gomez stole third, but Turner knocked down Khris Davis' comebacker and threw him out.

The Marlins struck for a quick run in the bottom of the inning when former Brewers third baseman Casey McGehee led off with a single to center and came around on Jarrod Saltalamacchia's one-out double into the right-field corner.

The Brewers let another scoring opportunity slip away in the third. Lyle Overbay led off with a single, and after Wily Peralta failed to get down a bunt, Jean Segura singled up the middle.

That threat died when Ryan Braun grounded into a force at second and shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria speared Jonathan Lucroy's liner headed up the middle.

Peralta battled out of a huge jam in the bottom of the inning. With one down, Christian Yelich lined an opposite-field double to left. Peralta pitched around Giancarlo Stanton with two down, but McGehee bounced an infield hit into the hole at short to load the bases.

Peralta stranded the runners by getting Garrett Jones to ground out to first.

The Marlins threatened again in the fifth by putting runners on the corners with one out. Peralta responded in a big way by striking out Stanton and McGehee, the Nos. 3 and 4 hitters.

The Brewers thought they had tied the score in the sixth, but a base-running gamble nixed the run. With runners on the corners and two down, Mark Reynolds lined a single to left that would have easily scored Ryan Braun from second.

Gomez was out trying to advance from first to third, however, and was tagged out before Braun reached the plate. Umpire Brian O'Nora waved off the run and the Marlins kept their 1-0 lead.

Miami boosted its lead to 2-0 in the seventh off reliever Tyler Thornburg on an RBI single by pinch-hitter Jeff Baker, who has tormented the Brewers throughout his career (.380 average).

The Brewers finally got on the board in the eighth on Lucroy's RBI double but wasted a chance to tie the score. With runners on second and third and one out, Reynolds popped out against A.J. Ramos. The Marlins then summoned closer Steve Cishek, who struck out Gennett to preserve the 2-1 lead.

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