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Saturday, September 02, 2006

Brewers Lose Again To Marlins 6-9



From Sportsline.com:

Switch-hitter Alfredo Amezaga changed his mind before his final plate appearance: He wouldn't choke up on the bat despite a 2-for-29 slump against lefties.

It worked.

Amezaga singled in the go-ahead run off Brian Shouse in the 10th inning and Florida beat Milwaukee 9-6 Saturday night to extend the Brewers' losing streak to a season-high nine games.

"Everybody says I can't hit from the right side," he said. "But in a big situation is when it's pretty important."

Marlins manager Joe Girardi called it the biggest win all year after Joe Borowski (3-2) gave up Geoff Jenkins' tying two-run homer with two outs in the ninth. Taylor Tankersley pitched the 10th for his third save in five chances.

"They're very resilient. They have lots of character, lots of heart and lots of fight in them," Girardi said. "It tells you our guys believe."

Josh Willingham, Mike Jacobs and Hanley Ramirez homered for the Marlins, who have won 11 of 13 to pull within 1½ games of the NL wild card despite subpar pitching by starter Josh Johnson.

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