Three home runs fuel Miami Marlins offense in win over Milwaukee Brewers

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It started with Jesus Aguilar. The Miami Marlins’ designated hitter lifted an Eric Lauer cutter that sat over the heart of the plate and sent it 412 feet and into AutoNation Alley in center field for a game-tying home run.

Four pitches later, it was Jorge Soler’s turn. The outfielder sent a middle-middle fastball 411 feet to left-center field to give the Marlins their first lead of the game.

And then, for good measure, Brian Anderson had his fun four batters later. The third baseman sent a slider 402 feet to left field for a two-run home run to give Miami some insurance runs.

Three swings. Four runs. A needed inning of offense.

The home run barrage powered the Marlins to a 9-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday at loanDepot park.

“We’re putting together solid at-bats over and over again,” Anderson said. “It’s a good lineup. It’s kind of what we were expecting: Barrels, balls in the gap, baserunners on the move.”

Saturday marked the 17th time in franchise history the Marlins (15-18) have homered three times in the same inning. They last did it June 10, 2021 against the Colorado Rockies.

Miami Marlins’ Jesus Sanchez, right, and Brian Anderson, center, are congratulated after scoring on a home run by Anderson during the fourth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Saturday, May 14, 2022, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Miami Marlins’ Jesus Sanchez, right, and Brian Anderson, center, are congratulated after scoring on a home run by Anderson during the fourth inning of the team’s baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Saturday, May 14, 2022, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Miami tacked on another four runs against Milwaukee (21-13) in the seventh on a fielding error, a Miguel Rojas two-RBI double and a Garrett Cooper RBI fielder’s choice to blow the game open. Aguilar added an RBI double in the eighth.

“That’s good to see for us,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said about the extra runs, “because that’s a team over there that we know is capable of putting up big numbers and quick. So to be able to add on is a good thing and it’s something we’ve kind of missed. We’ve had some big innings before but only scored in the one inning, so it’s good to see us have a sustained kind of effort.”

On the mound, Trevor Rogers struck out eight and didn’t allow a walk over 5 1/3 innings. He allowed just one run on a solo home run to Willy Adames in the first inning and didn’t allow a runner to get past second after that.

Steven Okert (2/3 inning, one strikeout), Anthony Bender (one inning), Dylan Floro (one inning, two runs allowed) and Tommy Nance (one inning, two strikeouts) threw the final 3 2/3 innings.

Cooper left the game after the sixth inning after fouling a pitch off his knee during his at-bat. Mattingly said X-rays were negative and the team is describing the injury as a “contusion.”

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