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Miami scores two in the eighth to defeat Milwaukee

MIAMI - The Milwaukee Brewers blew an eighth-inning lead and lost at Miami last night, 5-4.

Giancarlo Stanton crushed the first pitch he saw off Jim Henderson with two out in the bottom of the eighth. The two-run homer came in Stanton's second game since he missed over a month with a leg injury. Henderson blew his first save chance of the year, and the loss dropped his record to 2-and-2. The Brewers had scored twice in the seventh to take their short-lived lead. Yuniesky Betancourt hit an RBI-triple, and Scooter Gennett brought Betancourt home with a sacrifice bunt. Aramis Ramirez and Jonathan Lucroy also had RBI's for Milwaukee, which ended a four-game winning streak. Norichika Aoki ended his 11-game hitting streak, as well as his string of 72 plate appearances without striking out. Ryan Braun missed his second straight game with a lingering thumb injury. The Milwaukee defense has now played a season-high eight straight games without an error. Derek Dietrich hit a two-run homer for Miami, which has now won three-of-its-last-four. Chad Qualls pitched a perfect eighth to get the win. He's 2-0. Steve Cishek threw a scoreless ninth for his seventh save.

The Brewers remain just percentage points out of last place in the National League Central, after the cellar-dwelling Cubs lost again. The Brewers will close out their series at Miami tonight. Right-hander Alfredo Figaro goes against Marlins' righty Kevin Slowey.