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Morgan, Fielder homer as Brewers edge Marlins

Jun 5, 2011 - 5:17 AM Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Nyjer Morgan and Prince Fielder both homered as Milwaukee took a 3-2 victory over Florida in the second of a four-game series at Sun Life Stadium.

Yovani Gallardo (8-2) earned his sixth straight win, allowing two runs -- one earned -- on six hits and two walks in six innings. He also struck out five in the Brewers' third victory in four games.

Chris Volstad (2-5) allowed three runs on six hits and a walk while fanning four in seven innings, as the Marlins lost their third straight game and their sixth in the last eight contests.

Chris Coghlan led off the first with an infield single, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Emilio Bonifacio and scored on a single by Gaby Sanchez to give the Marlins an early one-run lead.

Morgan tied the game at one after leading off the third inning with just his fifth career home run and his first since 2009.

Sanchez started the sixth with a single and moved to third on consecutive groundouts by Greg Dobbs and Mike Stanton. After John Buck walked, Omar Infante hit a hard grounder to third that Casey McGehee could not field cleanly and then threw high to first, forcing Fielder to jump off first for the ball and allowing Sanchez to score on the throwing error.

Milwaukee then took a 3-2 lead in the seventh on a solo shot by Fielder and a double by Yuniesky Betancourt that plated Jonathan Lucroy after Lucroy hit a two-out single.

That lead held as LaTroy Hawkins and Zach Braddock combined to pitch a scoreless seventh inning, and Kameron Loe did not allow a run in the eighth. John Axford entered for the ninth and worked around a lead-off single to earn his 15th save of the year.

"The road games are what we needed to pick it up on, and we have been doing that," said Fielder.

Florida had a chance to take control of the game early, but they could not convert on the opportunity.

The Marlins put men on second and third with no outs in the third after Volstad singled and Coghlan followed with a single of his own that included a Morgan fielding error, allowing the runners to move up a bag.

Then Gallardo got Bonifacio to ground out back to the mound, Logan Morrison to pop out to short and Sanchez to look at strike three to end the inning.

"I don't think we're in a slump. I think we just lost a couple of games by not doing situational hitting," said Buck.

Game Notes

Milwaukee activated Braddock from the 15-day disabled list and optioned pitcher Mike McClendon to Triple-A Nashville on Saturday...Florida went 1- for-10 with runners in scoring position and left nine men on base while Milwaukee went 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position and left four men on base.