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Sunday, September 03, 2006

Brewers Losing Streak Continues In 3-10 Loss



From Sportsline.com:

The Marlins made it back to .500 after sinking to 20 games below the even mark in May. Florida is making even bigger plans now.

Rookie Scott Olsen allowed one hit in seven scoreless innings, and the Marlins scored seven runs in the eighth to beat Milwaukee 10-3 on Sunday and extend the Brewers' losing streak to 10 games.

"What our guys have accomplished so far to this point is special, but we have a chance to do something bigger: playoffs," Marlins manager Joe Girardi said.

After the game, the team announced it was sending out order forms to season-ticket holders for the playoffs with Florida two games behind San Diego in the NL wild-card race.

"We can talk about it," left fielder Josh Willingham said of the Marlins' postseason chance. "Bottom line is we have 26 games left, and we're going to have to win most of those games, maybe 15, to get to the playoffs."

The Marlins have already won 12 of the last 14 with a staff that's jelled at the right time, led by Dontrelle Willis and loaded with impressive rookies such as Josh Johnson, Ricky Nolasco, Anibal Sanchez and Olsen.

Olsen (12-7) struck out seven and walked two as Florida (68-68) completed the three-game sweep and became the first team since the 1899 Louisville Colonels to return to .500 after falling 20 games below, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The Marlins were 11-31 on May 21. The Colonels started 16-38 before reaching .500 at 72-72-3.

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