MIAMI — The Milwaukee Brewers’ vaunted bullpen can only do so much.
Rookie right-hander Freddy Peralta lasted only 3 2/3 innings in his shortest outing, allowing three runs and lightly-used Jorge Lopez faltered in the 12th, as the Miami Marlins pulled out a 5-4 victory and won two of three in the series.
It was the Brewers’ second extra-inning loss in the three-game series, and snapped their streak of six consecutive series victories or splits.
Miami’s Garrett Cooper led off the 12th with a single against Lopez (0-1), who had thrown two clean innings after four others allowed just an unearned run in relief of Peralta. Cooper went to second on a groundout.
Starlin Castro then grounded a single to left field and Christian Yelich’s throw home was off line, allowing Cooper to score standing up.
“Yelich is a really good player, but his one downfall is he doesn’t throw great,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “You’ve got to challenge there and make him throw you out.”
Jesus doubled home a run in the first, singled in the fourth and hit a tying, two-run double in the eighth against Drew Steckenrider. He also learned he won the online vote for the final NL roster spot and his first All-Star berth.
"A lot of people believe in my name," the Venezuelan said. "It's really good. The campaign was unbelievable — the people in Wisconsin and around the world really supported me. It's a great thing."
Aguilar, who will also compete as the top seed in the Home Run Derby next week in Washington, came into the game leading the NL in homers, slugging and OPS. He has 67 RBIs and is batting .307.
But the rest of the Brewers’ bats didn’t help the pitchers.
“We’re knocking on the doorstep and making it really hard to take us down,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “But they outlasted us tonight.”
Milwaukee went 3-for-16 with runners in scoring position.
“That’s going to happen,” Aguilar said. “We’ve got to keep going. We’re playing really good. We’ve got to turn the page.”
The Marlins, who have the NL’s worst record, hit a new attendance low despite the presence of the NL Central Division-leading Brewers. The crowd of 5,265 was the smallest in the seven-season history of Marlins Park, and a few hundred fans remained at the finish.
The marathon wasn’t what the Brewers needed as they near the end of a stretch in which they play 20 days in a row, including a doubleheader Saturday at Pittsburgh.
Counsell said he ran out of pitchers, which is why reliever Lopez batted in the 12th with two on and two out.
“We managed to get to the 12th inning in that scenario, which was quite an accomplishment,” Counsell said. “We just didn’t ever get that run across.”
Miami starter Dan Straily allowed one earned run in six innings, matched his season high with seven strikeouts and got his first RBI of the season with a bases-loaded walk. Justin Bour hit his 15th homer.
With the score 4-all, Miami reliever Kyle Barraclough walked the bases loaded in the ninth, but Yelich struck out on a pitch in the dirt to end the threat.
Elieser Hernandez (1-5) pitched two scoreless innings.
Orioles send scout
According to MLB.com, the Baltimore Orioles had a scout at Marlins Park, and Peralta gave him plenty to write home about.
With Manny Machado trade talks as a backdrop, Peralta saw his promising start completely unravel.
While it’s unknown whether the Orioles are targeting Peralta, or whether the Brewers would give him up, the 22-year-old is the type of young, major league-ready pitcher Baltimore has reportedly been seeking for Machado, a shortstop who will be a free agent at season’s end.
Another, top Brewers pitching prospect Corbin Burnes, threw two perfect innings on Tuesday in his debut.
Peralta was just as sharp through three hitless innings, with four strikeouts and the lone blemish a walk in the third. In the fourth, Brian Anderson produced Miami’s first hit with a triple that bounced under the glove of diving center fielder Lorenzo Cain. He scored on a sacrifice fly, and Bour followed with a solo home run on a misplaced curveball that made it 2-2.
Peralta proved unable to limit the damage. After getting the second out of the inning, he yielded a single to Miguel Rojas, walked Cameron Maybin and hit eight-hole hitter Bryan Holaday with a pitch to load the bases for Straily, who entered the day with a .201 lifetime OPS.
Straily walked on five pitches for a 3-2 Marlins lead.
“I’ve got to be better,” Peralta said.
Jacob Barnes took over and spared Peralta further damage by stranding three Marlins on the basepaths, then stayed in the game to start a seven-inning stretch of Brewers relief in which Miami was limited to one run before scoring again in the 12th to win.
Brewers 3B Travis Shaw left the game when he tweaked his ankle, but said the injury wasn't serious.
Brewers left-hander Wade Miley (1-0, 1.42 ERA), who has been sidelined with a strained right oblique, is expected to be activated to start Thursday night at Pittsburgh. It will be his first outing since May 8 and only his third this year.