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AP photo Milwaukee Brewers’ Freddy Peralta reacted after giving up a grand slam to Miami Marlins’ Avesail Garcia in Milwaukee on Thursday.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Abysser Garcia went off the injured reserve list in the Miami Marlins’ 4-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday night, completing a grand slam in the eighth inning.

The loss left Milwaukee half a game behind Philadelphia in their final NL wild card berth. The Phillies lost 2-0 to the Cubs in Chicago, his fifth straight loss.

“We still have chances and we have to play a good game tomorrow.” Milwaukee manager Craig Counsell said.

The Brewers will play their remaining six games all at home over the next six days. He has three games against Miami and three against Arizona. The Phillies have seven games left, all of them away. They’ll play four games in Washington, then three in Houston, starting with Friday’s doubleheader.

Garcia’s 411-foot blast came off regular starter Freddy Peralta (4-4) and made his first relief appearance of the season.

Garcia, who was with the Brewers in 2020 and 2021, was placed on the disabled list on Sept. 13 with a left hamstring injury. He was sent to Triple-A Jacksonville for a rehab assignment on Monday before being activated Thursday.

Milwaukee was leading 2–0, but Peralta was out in the seventh inning and ejected in order. In the eighth inning, he gave up two singles and a bases before Garcia unloaded with a 1-2 pitch, 95 mph fastball.

“By the feel and the sound, I know this ballpark well.” Garcia said. “I know the ball runs really well here and I knew it from the way I hit it.”

Peralta, who started 16 games, returned from the 15-day injured list and made his final start on September 25, pitching two innings. He was suffering from inflammation in his right shoulder.

“I was ready for a pitching situation, but it didn’t work out today.” Peralta said.

the counsel said “It’s definitely a tough place, but I always give Freddie the ball, so it doesn’t matter what the situation is.”

Milwaukee starter Eric Lauer shut out five innings, striking out nine, pitching one hit and no walks, and pitching 71 pitches. The left-hander had pitched 2 2/3 innings in his last start on Sept. 23 after returning from the disabled list with inflammation in his left elbow.

“We never count ourselves out, so if we can control what we can control and win baseball games, things will be fine.” Lauer said.

Milwaukee took a 2–0 lead in the second inning from left-arm starter Braxton Garrett. Mike Brousseau singled and Christian Yelich singled to score when Garcia committed a throwing error from right field. Two batters later, Brosseau scored when Keston Hiura doubled to right.

When Hiura tried to steal third base, Milwaukee lost a potential run and was thrown out by catcher Nick Fortes.

The next batter, Victor Caratini, singled to center.

In the sixth inning, Marlins right-hander Jeff Brigham celebrated by raising his leg and waving his arm, giving up two doubles and a walk before allowing Caratini to hit an inning-ending double play.

“I thought my turn at bat was good, but unfortunately the timing didn’t match.” Counsel said.

A total of five pitchers appeared in Garrett’s relief. Tommy Nance (1-3), who returned from the disabled list on Thursday with a groin injury, pitched seven innings for the win. Dylan Frollo worked in the ninth with his ninth save.

extra loss

The Marlins’ loss to the Mets, 4–5 in 10 innings, was their fifth straight loss in overtime. It was also the 11th walk-off loss of the season, tied with the Yankees for the most in the majors.


Milwaukee pitchers rank third in the NL in strikeouts (1,468). They struck out 14 Marlins hitters on Thursday.

high flying marlins

The Marlins have the fourth-lowest winning percentage in the NL (.417), but some players are doing well. John Barty leads the majors in stolen bases. He singled off Peter Strzelecki in the sixth inning before hitting 38 bases on the first pitch. … Coming into Thursday, in his 18 games since being recalled from Triple-A Jacksonville, OF Brian Dela Cruz batted . His 1.278 OPS put him third among the major qualifiers for that period. He was 0-3 on Thursday.

trainers room

Marlins: Brian Howing replaced Garrett to start the fifth but left after the second batter he faced. Howing said he felt his leg wasn’t stable enough to continue pitching.…1B Garrett Cooper (pinky finger fracture) and he had LHP Steven Okert (left tricep strain) on his IL. has been installed. …Jes˙s Sanchez he was recalled from Triple A-Jacksonville. … OF Jerar Encarnacion and OF Luke Williams were elected to Jacksonville.


The second game is the Marlins RHP Sandy Alcantara (14-8, 2.32 ERA) versus the Brewers RHP Corbyn Barnes (11-8, 3.11 ERA). Alcantara leads the majors in complete games (5) and innings pitched (220 2/3). Barnes, who is currently the NL Cy Young Award winner, is his second in the NL in strikeouts (231).

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