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-- Instant replay helped the Milwaukee Brewers beat Toronto 7-6 at Miller Park last night.
MILWAUKEE - Instant replay helped the Milwaukee Brewers beat Toronto 7-6 at Miller Park last night.
The game was tied at six in the bottom of the seventh inning when Aramis Ramirez hit a drive to left. The umpires called it foul, even though it touched the yellow line that represents the foul pole on the padding over the outfield wall. A replay review showed it was a home run. And the call was reversed to give Ramirez his four-bagger, and to give the Brewers their victory. It was the seventh time that a decision was reviewed at Miller Park since replay on home run calls began in 2008 – and the first time that a call was reversed.
The Brewers blew an early 6-1 lead, but they survived three Toronto home runs to beat the Jays for the 11th straight time in Milwaukee since 1996. Former Brewers’ prospect Brett Lawrie belted his first career lead-off homer. Edwin Encarnacion hit a solo blast in the sixth. And Jose Bautista pounded a three-run shot off reliever Kameron Loe to tie the game in the seventh. Loe escaped with the win, thanks to the Ramirez home run. He’s now 4-and-2. John Axford tossed a perfect ninth inning for his 12th save. Robert Coello gave up the deciding homer and took the loss. He’s 0-and-1. Ramirez fell a triple short of the cycle. Ryan Braun singled twice and extended his Interleague hitting streak to 23 games.
The Brewers and Blue Jays will play again tonight at Miller Park. The Brewers have not announced a starter. Right-hander Jesse Chavez will start for Toronto, after being called up yesterday from Triple-“A.”
Brewers’ right-hander Shaun Marcum will not make his scheduled start tonight against Toronto, due to tightness in his throwing elbow. Manager Ron Roenicke says somebody will be called up from the minors today to make an emergency start. The skipper said the problem began soon after Marcum’s last start, in which he threw 99 pitches in a no-decision at Kansas City last Thursday. When Marcum threw in the bullpen over the weekend, the problem was still there. Roenicke says team physician William Raasch will check it out, and the Brewers will decide what to do after that. Marcum had Tommy John elbow surgery in 2008, but the injury does not appear to be related. Marcum won three consecutive starts before his no-decision against the Royals. He’s 5-and-3 with a three-point-three-nine ERA. No one in the bullpen was available to start tonight, after the Brewers lost a 15-inning game on Sunday at Minnesota. The Blue Jays have also had injury problems, and they called up a right-hander from Triple-“A” to start against the Crew tonight. Jesse Chavez went 7-2 at Triple-“A” Las Vegas this year with a three-point-eight-four ERA.