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Gomez, Kottaras lead Brewers past Marlins, 7-4

MIAMI, Fla. (AP) — Yovani Gallardo homered for the second time this season and won his sixth straight decision as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Florida Marlins 7-4 on Wednesday night.

Gallardo (6-2) gave up two runs in seven innings with four strikeouts. He hit a solo homer in the seventh inning — the sixth of his career — to help halt the Brewers three-game skid.

Brewers slugger Prince Fielder also hit his ninth home run of the season and the second in two days.

The Marlins led 2-0 until the sixth inning behind a solid outing by Chris Volstad before Carlos Gomez knocked in a run with a single chasing the Florida right-hander.

Gallardo, batting eighth in the lineup, led off the seventh with a home run off lefty Taylor Tankersley.

With two outs in the top of the eighth inning and the score tied, Gomez stepped to the plate against Jorge Sosa (1-1) with Casey McGehee on second. Gomez gave the Brewers the lead hitting a line drive to left-center field on the first pitch by Sosa for the 3-2 edge.

George Kottaras immediately followed and hit a deep home run to right field despite breaking his bat on the blast for a 5-2 advantage.

Dan Uggla scored on a groundout by Ronny Paulino in the bottom of the inning to pull the Marlins within two, but Fielder hit a solo homer and Craig Counsell hit an RBI single in the ninth to push lead to 7-3.

John Axford pitched 1 2-3 innings to earn his third save despite allowing an RBI double to Hanley Ramirez.

Jorge Cantu hit a sacrifice fly and and an RBI single to give the Marlins the early lead.

NOTES: Marlins C John Baker (strained right elbow) threw at 60-feet for the first time since his last game on May 12 and is hopeful to return to the lineup within the next two weeks. ... Marlins LHP Renyel Pinto (left hip strain) will make a rehab appearance with Single-A Jupiter on Friday. ... Brewers LF Ryan Braun leads the NL in road batting average hitting .375 (45-for-120). ... Marlins prized Double-A prospect OF Mike Stanton is continuing his torrid start hitting .300 with 20 home runs and 50 RBIs in 49 games. ... The start of the game was delayed 51 minutes due to rain.