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Thursday, Sep. 6, 2012

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Touch 'em all: Brewers outfielder Norichika Aoki hits a two-run home run against the Marlins on Tuesday in Miami. Aoki finished with three RBIs in an 8-4 win. KYODO

Aoki powers Brewers with two-run homer


MIAMI — Norichika Aoki showed he is capable of providing some pop at the plate.

Aoki hit a two-run home run and an RBI double to establish a career-high with three RBIs for the Milwaukee Brewers in an 8-4 win over the Miami Marlins on Tuesday.

"He really was good today," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "Even the last ball they got to him in left-center, he hammered it. This is a big ballpark and he goes deep to right-center and then hits a ball to the warning track in left-center. He hammered balls today."

Aoki, who hit his seventh homer, is batting .419 (13 for 31) during an eight-game hitting streak.

"Today is today, tomorrow is another day," Aoki said through a translator. "It's good to be on a hot stretch right now, but I just have to take it day by day."

Jeff Bianchi also provided the Brewers with an unlikely power source as he hit a three-run home run off Chad Guadin in the eighth inning to give the Brewers an 8-4 lead.

Ryan Braun drove in Milwaukee's other two runs to give him 98 RBIs, which leads the National League. The reigning NL MVP is looking for his fifth straight season with 100 RBIs.

The Brewers' Kameron Loe (6-4) and Marlins' Mike Dunn (0-2) each faced one batter and threw just two pitches.

"The bullpen struggled this week," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said. "It's hard to keep the lead and they didn't do the job."

John Axford got one out for his 24th save.

Giancarlo Stanton hit his 30th home run and Gorkys Hernandez hit his first career long ball for the Marlins.

Nationals 11, Cubs 5

In Washington, Adam LaRoche hit two of the Nationals' six homers, and Ian Desmond had four RBIs.

Rockies 6, Braves 0

In Atlanta, Carlos Gonzalez hit his second home run since July 23 to give Colorado the lead, and Jordan Pacheco also went deep for the Rockies.

Pirates 6, Astros 2

In Pittsburgh, Andrew McCutchen had his major league-leading sixth four-hit game of the season and drove in three runs.

Cardinals 5, Mets 1

In St. Louis, Jaime Garcia carried a shutout into the eighth inning and Yadier Molina got his 1,000th career hit.

Reds 2, Phillies 1

In Cincinnati, Jay Bruce homered for the third straight game, hitting a two-run shot that sent the Reds to the win.

Diamondbacks 8, Giants 6 (11)

In San Francisco, Aaron Hill had a career-high five hits and Jason Kubel tripled home the tiebreaking run in the 11th inning.

Padres 6, Dodgers 3 (11)

In Los Angeles, Logan Forsythe hit a two-run single with the bases loaded in the 11th inning after Yasmani Grandal tied the score with a two-run homer in the eighth.

The Dodgers wasted an excellent outing from ace Clayton Kershaw and dropped 1½ games behind St. Louis in the race for the second NL wild card.


Rays 5, Yankees 2

In St. Petersburg, Florida, Evan Longoria hit a go-ahead homer as Tampa Bay beat New York to drop the struggling Yankees into a tie for first place in the AL East.

Ichiro Suzuki went 0-for-1 in a pinch-hit appearance for New York.

Orioles 12, Blue Jays 0

In Toronto, Mark Reynolds hit a three-run homer, Zach Britton pitched seven innings to win his fourth straight start and the Orioles moved into a first-place tie in the AL East.

Twins 18, White Sox 9

In Chicago, Chris Parmelee hit a three-run homer to cap a 10-run fifth inning and Minnesota went on to rout the White Sox.

Indians 3, Tigers 2

In Detroit, Justin Masterson pitched six solid innings, and Cleveland beat the Tigers.

Royals 6, Rangers 3

In Kansas City, Jeremy Guthrie pitched seven strong innings and the Royals got home runs from Alex Gordon and Johnny Giavotella in a victory over Texas.

Red Sox 4, Mariners 3

In Seattle, Cody Ross hit a tying three-run homer in the sixth inning, Ryan Lavarnway connected two batters later and Boston snapped a seven-game losing streak.

Angels 6, Athletics 1

In Oakland, Zack Greinke pitched seven sharp innings to win his third consecutive start.

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