Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 8/14)

Game 1: Friday, August 13
Game 2: Saturday, August 14
Game 3: Sunday, August 15
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Marlins 11


Brewers 1

(54-61, 29-28 home)

    7:05 PM ET, August 14, 2004

    Miller Park, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

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    W: D. Willis (9-8)

    L: J. De La Rosa (0-1)

    Willis gives up one run in seven innings

    MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A team meeting helped put the Florida Marlins' offense back on track, at least for now.

    The Marlins used a seven-run ninth inning -- highlighted by Jeff Conine's third grand slam of the season -- to rout the Milwaukee Brewers 11-1 on Saturday night.

    "We just haven't been able to do that on a consistent basis," Florida manager Jack McKeon said. "Hopefully the boys got the message to go out and do some things differently."

    Florida had lost four of five games and had scored a total of five runs in those losses.

    On Saturday, Paul Lo Duca and Miguel Cabrera each drove in two runs for the Marlins, who pounded out 12 hits in their largest victory of the year.

    Dontrelle Willis (9-8) gave up one run and seven hits in seven strong innings. He struck out six and walked one for his second win in six starts since the All-Star break.

    Florida had lost six of its last seven road games.

    Top Brewers prospect Jorge de la Rosa (0-1) made his first career start and gave up four runs and six hits in five innings, walking two and striking out none.

    The Marlins put the game away with their seven-run ninth. Chris Aguila tripled to lead off the inning and scored on a single by Alex Gonzalez. Lenny Harris followed with a pinch-hit single. After Juan Pierre grounded out, the Brewers intentionally walked Luis Castillo. Lo Duca then ripped a two-run single to center.

    After Cabrera grounded into a fielder's choice, Mike Lowell walked to load the bases.

    Conine, 3-for-4, followed with a 375-foot blast to left-center off Luis Vizcaino that just eluded the glove of a leaping Geoff Jenkins.

    It was his eighth career slam, and second this season against the Brewers.

    Florida remains one game under .500 (57-58).

    "Time's running out," Conine said. "We're behind. We've got to put together a good run here to get close. That's why you have meetings. You have to motivate players. It worked today."

    De la Rosa got off to a shaky start, walking one and throwing two wild pitches in a two-run first inning for the Marlins. With one out, de la Rosa walked Castillo, who went to second on a single by Lo Duca. Castillo advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on another wild pitch one pitch later. Cabrera drove in Lo Duca with a sacrifice fly.

    Florida added two runs in the fifth. Gonzalez singled to lead off the inning and scored on Castillo's two-out double. Cabrera drove in Castillo with an RBI single.

    De la Rosa, speaking through interpreter Bill Castro, the Brewers' bullpen coach, said it took the first inning for him to get used to the grip of the major league baseball and get over nerves.

    He labeled his performance "so-so."

    "For his major league debut, I thought he did all right," Yost said. "He battled. His command was fairly good after the first inning. After that, he kind of rolled right along -- until the fifth."

    Milwaukee dropped to 9-20 since the All-Star break, and Yost kept left-handed hitters Jenkins, Lyle Overbay and Russell Branyan, the team's top three power threats, out of the starting lineup with Willis on the mound. Chris Magruder, Wes Helms and Trent Durrington replaced them in the lineup, respectively.

    Helms had two hits, including an RBI double with no outs in the seventh, as Milwaukee cut the lead to 4-1. He was stranded at second.

    The Brewers went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position. Willis stranded seven of those runners.

    "The key hits aren't coming," Durrington said.

    Game notes

    Conine's three grand slams this season leads the NL and ties him with Bobby Bonilla for the club record. ... A line drive by second baseman Bill Hall hit Willis in the pitching hand in the fourth, but he stayed in after being looked at by the Marlins training staff. Willis then picked off Hall before throwing another pitch. ... Saturday's announced crowd of 40,213 -- for Jim Gantner bobblehead night -- marked the 11th time Milwaukee has reached the 40,000 mark at Miller Park this season. Last year, the Brewers drew more than 40,000 fans just four times.

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