Final

Series: Game 3 of 3

Milwaukee won 2-1

Game 1: Monday, April 9
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Game 2: Tuesday, April 10
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Game 3: Wednesday, April 11
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Brewers 5

(5-4, 2-1 away)

Marlins 2

(5-4, 3-3 home)

    7:05 PM ET, April 11, 2007

    Sun Life Stadium, Miami, Florida 

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    W: D. Bush (1-1)

    L: S. Mitre (0-2)

    S: F. Cordero (3)

    Weeks provides offense in Brewers' win over Marlins

    A CLOSER LOOK
    • Summary: Milwaukee picked up two wins over Florida in a matter of hours, prevailing in the completion of a game suspended Tuesday night and then riding Rickie Weeks' bat to a 5-2 victory in Wednesday's scheduled game.

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    • Hero: Weeks, who homered, tripled and scored three runs in the win.

    • Figure this: Milwaukee had lost nine in a row to the Marlins before winning two straight.

    • Quotable: "I kind of got warmed up in the first game and then started taking it real seriously in the second game." -- Rickie Weeks

    -- ESPN.com news services

    Brewers 5, Marlins 2

    MIAMI (AP) -- Rickie Weeks started the go-ahead rally in the opener, then provided most of the offense in the second game.

    Weeks scored on Prince Fielder's 13th-inning single as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Florida Marlins 3-2 in the completion of a suspended game. He then homered, tripled and scored three runs in a 5-2 victory in Wednesday night's scheduled game.

    Milwaukee had lost nine in a row to the Marlins before winning two straight.

    "Huge, huge wins," Milwaukee manager Ned Yost said. "We're coming into their park, which is a very hard place for opponents to come in and play, and we take two from them. That's huge. You're battling rain, humidity and heat, which all works in their favor down here, and we take the series."

    Tuesday's game was suspended with the score 2-2 after 10 innings and three rain delays that totaled 1 hour, 42 minutes. Before this year, it would have become an official tie game and would have been replayed from the start. But under a rules change made during the offseason, it was picked up where the teams left off.

    "It's good rule, it really is," Florida manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "I would have hated to come out here with the way the pitching is and played two games."

    Fielder had three singles, a double and three walks to reach base seven times in the opener. He tied the team record set by Kevin Reimer, who was 6-for-6 with a walk against Oakland on Aug. 24, 1993.

    "He goes out there and does his part," Yost said. "He tries to do his business and not carry too much of the load."

    Renyel Pinto (0-1), who lost in his first major league decision, relieved to start the 13th and walked Rickie Weeks leading off. Weeks advanced on Craig Counsell's sacrifice and J.J. Hardy's groundout, then scored on Fielder's hit to right.

    "That game was like getting all your teeth pulled out," Yost said. "The guys persevered and stayed after it. They found a way to get it done."

    Elmer Dessens (1-0) pitched a scoreless 12th for his first victory for the Brewers. Cody Ross doubled with one out in the bottom half of the 13th against Francisco Cordero, but Alfredo Amezaga lined to shortstop J.J. Hardy, who doubled up Ross for a game-ending double play.

    In the second game, Dave Bush (1-1) allowed one run and 10 hits in six innings, and Francisco Cordero pitched the ninth for his third save.

    "I battled myself a little bit, but I was able to use all my pitches effectively," Bush said. "I got through the first few innings and threw strikes, and I got some quick outs which helped."

    Sergio Mitre (0-2) allowed four runs in six innings for the Marlins.

    "I didn't do good, but I didn't do bad either," Mitre said. "I struggled and gave up 10 hits. I was battling out there just trying to keep us in the ball game."

    Weeks hit a two-run homer in the third inning for a 3-0 lead. Following a triple in the sixth, Weeks scored to make it 4-0 on a single by J.J. Hardy.

    "I kind of got warmed up in the first game and then started taking it real seriously in the second game," Weeks said.

    With Florida trailing by four runs, Miguel Cabrera homered in the sixth, his fourth of the season, and Joe Borchard added a solo home run in the seventh to pull within two runs before being shut down by the Milwaukee bullpen.

    Game notes


    Fielder has a career-best nine-game hitting streak and is batting .297. ... Milwaukee had at least one runner in the first seven innings of the second game. ... Marlins SS Hanley Ramirez missed his third straight game with a hamstring injury. ... After the second game, the Marlins optioned RHP Lee Gardner to Albuquerque (Triple-A) to make room for LHP Taylor Tankersley, who was activated from the 15-day DL.

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