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Milwaukee Brewers fall to 4 behind Cubs with 7-4 loss to Marlins

Zach Davies touched for four in first

MLB: Milwaukee Brewers at Miami Marlins
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WP: Adam Conley (7-7, 5.20); LP: Zach Davies (17-9, 3.89); Save: none; HR: Mil - Ryan Braun (16); Travis Shaw (30); Mia - Derek Dieitrich (12)

Box Score

Some nights the game just gets away from you early and you can never catch up. A first inning groundout by Travis Shaw put the Brewers up 1-0, but when Miami came back with a four spot against Zach Davies Milwaukee found themselves facing a three run deficit that they could never erase.

The Marlins batted around in the first, notching six singles to take the lead. A sacrifice fly and a line-out were the first two outs until Miami starter Adam Conley grounded out to end the inning.

The Brewers went quietly until the sixth, and in the mean time Miami added a two spot in the third on Derek Dietrich’s two run homer. In the top of the sixth, Ryan Braun and Travis Shaw hit back to back homers leading off the inning. The Brewers would end up loading the bases while trailing 6-3, but Hernan Perez flew out to right to end the inning.

Oliver Drake put two on with nobody down in the bottom of the seventh, and Matt Garza made a relief appearance - and allowed an inherited baserunner to score to put the Marlins up 7-3.

Milwaukee’s final tally came when Domingo Santana singled with two down in the ninth, and came around to score on a double from Braun. Shaw flew out to end the game.

Davies ended up going just four innings, allowing six runs (earned) on eight hits, including the homer. Worst start for Zach in a while.

The Cubs 4-1 win over St. Louis leaves the Brewers four back with just fourteen to play in the division race, and the Rockies 16-0 win means the deficit is the same in the Wild Card race. The Brewers probably need a minimum of ten wins in their last fourteen, including a sweep of the Cubs (four games) and at least two of three from the Cards to close the season in order to get to the playoffs; not a likely scenario.

Tomorrow afternoon, in the conclusion of the road trip to Miller Park, the Brewers (78-70) will send out Brandon Woodruff (1-2, 3.14)to face Miami’s Dillon Peters (0-1, 2.50). The Marlins sit at 69-79.