Mike Moustakas homered twice, including a tiebreaking, two-run shot in the ninth inning as the Milwaukee Brewers defeated the Miami Marlins, 7-5, on Wednesday night in Miami in their first game following star outfielder Christian Yelich’s season-ending injury.
The Brewers won their sixth in a row. They began the day one game behind Chicago for the second NL wild-card spot.
Yelich, the reigning National League MVP, broke his right kneecap in Tuesday night’s game when he fouled a ball off himself. He returned to Milwaukee earlier Wednesday for additional tests.
Trent Grisham, one of the outfielders expected to get additional playing time in Yelich’s absence, led off the game with a home run.
It was 5-all when Moustakas drove a fastball from Miami reliever Jose Urena (4-9) into the upper deck in right-center field for his 33rd homer. Urena retired the first two hitters before he walked Yasmani Grandal.
Moustakas returned to the starting lineup on his 31st birthday, playing for the first time since Sept. 2 after recovering from a sprained left wrist. He a three-run homer off starter Pablo Lopez in the third put Milwaukee ahead 4-2.
Brent Suter (2-0) pitched three innings of scoreless relief for the win. Josh Hader struck out the side in the ninth for his 30th save.
An RBI single by Zach Davies put Milwaukee ahead 5-2 in the fourth.
For the third consecutive game, a Milwaukee starter was lifted with a lead before finishing the fifth. Alex Claudio relieved Davies with one out in the fifth and allowed Isan Diaz’s two-run homer. Jay Jackson came in after Claudio’s one-batter outing and gave up Garrett Cooper’s tying solo homer.
Davies scattered three runs, four hits, struck out three and walked two.
Mets 9, Diamondbacks 0 — At New York: Todd Frazier and Jeff McNeil each homered twice, helping surging New York stun Diamondbacks ace Robbie Ray and beat Arizona.
Braves 3, Phillies 1 — At Philadelphia: Tyler Flowers hit a three-run homer, Dallas Keuchel struck out eight in six innings and NL East-leading Atlanta beat Philadelphia.
Blue Jays 8, Red Sox 0 — At Toronto: Trent Thornton and three others combined on a two-hitter, Teoscar Hernández and Rowdy Tellez homered, and Toronto beat Boston.
Nationals 6, Twins 2 — At Minneapolis: Stephen Strasburg earned a quality start on six innings with seven strikeouts and Washington held on to beat Minnesota.
Orioles 7, Dodgers 3 — At Baltimore: Jonathan Villar hit a tiebreaking, record-setting three-run homer in the seventh inning, and Baltimore beat Los Angeles to end a six-game losing streak.