By GENARO C. ARMAS
AP Sports Writer
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Tom Koehler felt humiliated after getting shelled by the Milwaukee Brewers.
Allowing two runs in the first inning put the Miami Marlins and their starter in a tough-enough spot. A seven-run third inning by the Brewers all but assured that Miami’s seven-game winning streak would come to an end.
The Marlins never recovered after falling behind 11-1 after four, eventually losing 14-5 on Sunday.
"They hit everything I threw. I didn’t have great command. I didn’t give the team a chance to win," Koehler said. "I felt like that was a flat-out embarrassing performance."
Chris Carter went 3 for 5 with two homers and three RBIs to lead Milwaukee’s season-high 18-hit barrage. Jonathan Villar also went 3 for 5, with two doubles and two runs scored for the Brewers, who ended a four-game losing streak in a slugfest in which the teams combined for 34 hits.
The Brewers chased Koehler (2-3) during a third highlighted by Carter’s two-run, opposite-field shot to right-center.
Koehler lasted just 2 1/3 innings, giving up eight runs and eight hits, ballooning his ERA by nearly three runs to 7.25. Koehler credited the Brewers’ hitters, though he still wasn’t happy with the way he threw.
"It seemed like it was rough from the very beginning," manager Don Mattingly said. "I think he was OK, just didn’t seem like anything was going his way."
Ryan Braun added three singles and two RBIs on day when the Brewers gave away Braun bobblehead dolls. Wily Peralta (2-3) labored through five-plus innings, allowing 13 hits and five runs, but still won his second straight start.
Staked to an 11-1 lead after four innings, Peralta struggled through the next two frames. Manager Craig Counsell had to turn to his overworked bullpen with two outs in the sixth, and three relievers combined to shut out the Marlins the rest of the way.
"I started pretty good, the first four innings. But I was struggling at the end of the game and that’s not a way you want to finish, especially with that lead," Peralta said.
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