MIAMI (AP) — The Miami Marlins were in prime position to rally from a 6-1 deficit to the Milwaukee Brewers before a baserunning error proved costly.
Following an RBI single by Donovan Solano in the seventh, Miami's third straight run-scoring single, the Marlins trailed 6-4 and could have had no outs and the bases loaded. But Bryan Petersen overran second base on the play, anticipating Greg Dobbs being sent home by third base coach Joe Espada.
Espada held up Dobbs, Petersen was tagged for the first out of the inning, and the comeback hopes fell short as the Marlins went on to lose 8-5 to the surging Brewers on Wednesday night.
"We find another way to lose and that's number 935 in we find a way to lose," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said.
Jose Reyes hit a sacrifice fly and Giancarlo Stanton flew out to end the inning following Petersen's blunder.
"An aggressive mistake I guess," Petersen said. "It's one of those interesting plays in baseball when you think one thing and another thing happens."
Meanwhile, the Brewers are doing their best to stay in the National League wild card race. Rickie Weeks homered twice and tied a career-high driving in four runs to help Wily Peralta (1-0) win his first major league start.
"The biggest thing is we keep seeing the standings and trying to creep up on everybody, but at the same time we have some pretty good professionals in here who want to come in and try to keep winning ball games," Weeks said. "We kind of know what is at stake right now. We feel pretty good about ourselves."
Corey Hart also homered and drove in four runs for Milwaukee, which has won 13 of 16 to climb within 6 1/2 games of St. Louis for the second NL wild card spot.
"Hopefully we continue this for a little bit, but if we do it could be fun," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "We're playing really good ball."
Milwaukee (67-69) also trails the Los Angeles Dodgers and Pittsburgh — Atlanta currently leads the wild card standings — and moved within two games of .500 for the first time since May 4 when they were 12-14.
"It's good to hear, it will be better when we are .500," Roenicke said.