Final in 10

Series: Game 3 of 4

Milwaukee leads 2-1 (as of 7/4)

Game 1: Monday, July 2
Game 2: Tuesday, July 3
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Game 3: Wednesday, July 4
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Game 4: Thursday, July 5

Marlins 7

(39-42, 17-20 away)

Brewers 6

(38-43, 22-20 home)

    Coverage:  ROOT

    4:10 PM ET, July 4, 2012

    Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

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    MIA 0100004011 7 10 0
    MIL 0500001000 6 11 0

    W: W. LeBlanc (1-0)

    L: M. Parra (0-3)

    S: H. Bell (18)

    Marlins-Brewers Preview


    The Miami Marlins are having problems on the road, but they continue to have even bigger issues against the Milwaukee Brewers.

    Coming off another dramatic loss, the Marlins will try to avoid matching their longest road losing streak of the season Wednesday while again attempting to beat the Brewers for the first time since 2010.

    Miami (38-42) has lost six in a row as the visitor, one shy of its season-worst road skid April 11-26.

    It's not surprising that the slide has extended halfway through this four-game series in Milwaukee, given that the Marlins have dropped 10 in a row to the Brewers (38-42) dating back to September 2010. That includes six losses at Miller Park -- most recently Tuesday's heartbreaking 13-12, 10-inning defeat.

    After Miami rallied from a six-run deficit in the eighth inning, Jose Reyes hit a go-ahead homer in the 10th. But Heath Bell allowed a two-run walk-off shot to Aramis Ramirez in the bottom of the inning for his fifth blown save.

    "Obviously, we were ready to celebrate, but we got punched in the stomach," said manager Ozzie Guillen, who watched Miami waste a three-run lead in a 6-5 loss in the series opener Monday.

    Guillen hopes Josh Johnson (5-5, 3.80 ERA) can end the Marlins' losing streaks and continue his success against the Brewers. He's 3-0 with a 3.06 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 32 1/3 innings over five career meetings.

    Johnson enters Wednesday's start with a 1.87 ERA in his last five outings, but the right-hander has a 2-2 record in that stretch due to spotty run support. He got plenty of help Friday, when he yielded one run and four hits with six strikeouts in six innings of a 6-2 win over Philadelphia.

    "He's our ace for a reason," Guillen said.

    Justin Ruggiano's recent performances have been more surprising. The outfielder had one of Miami's season-high five homers Tuesday and is 11 for 21 with three doubles, two home runs and eight RBIs in his last six games.

    Designated for assignment by Tampa Bay in the offseason, Ruggiano is batting .403 since the Marlins got him from Houston on May 26.

    Miami may need more help from him after Giancarlo Stanton and Hanley Ramirez were both out of the starting lineup Tuesday with sore knees. It's unclear if either will play Wednesday.

    The Brewers will be looking for their 11th win in their last 14 home games, and Ryan Braun has five homers and 13 RBIs in his last nine at Miller Park. The All-Star left fielder has three hits in this series, including a three-run homer Tuesday.

    Braun has pounded Marlins pitching during the Brewers' winning streak versus Miami, hitting .405 with six homers and 16 RBIs in those 10 games.

    Milwaukee may need that production to continue if Randy Wolf (2-6, 5.78) is to get his first win since April 30. He's 0-4 with a 5.34 ERA in his last 11 starts.

    The left-hander's latest outing was one of his worst. He surrendered eight runs and nine hits -- two homers -- in four innings of Friday's 9-3 loss to Arizona.

    Despite a 9.19 ERA in his last three starts, Wolf isn't in jeopardy of losing his spot in the rotation.

    "It's not even on my mind right now," manager Ron Roenicke told the team's official website. "I'm hoping (Friday) doesn't set him back, because the four previous games, I thought were good. I think he's been throwing the ball really well."

    Wolf is 4-12 with a 5.98 ERA in his career against the Marlins, but he's faced them only twice since 2006.

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    Gameday Matchup

    Current StreakL1L1
    Last 103-74-6

    Pitching Matchup

    J. Johnson
    8-14, 3.81 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/26 at ATL
    6.0 IP, 2 ER
    Dec = Loss
    R. Wolf
    5-10, 5.65 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/22 at BOS
    5.0 IP, 3 ER
    Dec = ND

    Gameday Lineups

    1. J. Reyes, SS N. Aoki, RF
    2. D. Solano, LF N. Morgan, CF
    3. H. Ramirez, 3B R. Braun, LF
    4. J. Ruggiano, LF A. Ramirez, 3B
    5. O. Infante, 2B C. Hart, 1B
    6. A. Kearns, RF R. Weeks, 2B
    7. G. Sanchez, 1B G. Kottaras, C
    8. B. Hayes, C C. Izturis, SS
    9. J. Johnson, P R. Wolf, P