MIAMI (AP) — Chris Coghlan hit a leadoff home run, then doubled and scored the go-ahead run in the seventh inning Tuesday night as the Florida Marlins became the latest team to rough up Trevor Hoffman in a 6-4 win over the Milwaukee Brewers.
Hoffman, baseball's career saves leader, took over with the score 3-all. Coghlan led off with a double and scored on Jorge Cantu's double, and Ronny Paulino added a two-run single.
Hoffman (1-4) allowed three runs in one inning, leaving the struggling closer with an 11.65 ERA.
Coghlan, the reigning NL Rookie of the Year, hit a leadoff homer for the fourth time in his career. He also doubled twice as Florida won its third game in a row since Roy Halladay pitched a perfect game against them. Milwaukee lost its third straight.
Ricky Nolasco (5-4) went seven innings, allowing three runs and striking out eight.
Hoffman, who recently lost his job as the Brewers' closer, gave up Coghlan's ground-rule double. Gaby Sanchez sacrificed and Hanley Ramirez walked.
Cantu followed with a shallow fly ball near the right-field line that dropped in front of a diving Corey Hart. Paulino's single made it 6-3, with Cody Ross getting thrown out at third on the play to end the inning.
Clay Hensley relieved Nolasco in the eighth and allowed back-to-back walks with two outs and a bloop single by Alcides Escobar that made it 6-4.
Leo Nunez pitched a scoreless ninth to record his 11th save in 13 opportunities.
A day after beating the Brewers 13-5 and scoring all of their runs in the final three innings, the Marlins started quickly.
Florida hit for the team cycle in the first five batters — Coghlan homered, Sanchez tripled, Ramirez singled and Dan Uggla doubled on Dave Bush's 11th pitch for a 3-0 lead.
Prince Fielder and Hart homered in the Milwaukee sixth. Hart hit his NL-leading 14th home run and Fielder hit his eighth.
NOTES: Brewers CF Jim Edmonds went 1 for 3 in his first game since May 15 after going on the disabled list with a left oblique strain. ... Cantu hit doubles in back-to-back at-bats, giving him a team-high 16 on the season.