It's not often that things come together on the road the way they did for the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday night. Starter Alfredo Figaro pitched like an ace instead of the long reliever he normally is and Carlos Gomez powered a huge offensive outburst, propelling the Brewers to a 10-1 pummeling of the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Figaro might be making a bid to join the rotation on a more permanent basis if he keeps throwing the baseball like he did in this one. In a seven-inning, 88-pitch outing, the right-hander shut out Miami on three hits without issuing a walk and struck out four. He also retired 17 consecutive batters in one stretch, a streak that was broken with a leadoff single by Ed Lucas in the seventh. "I like being a starter; I've been a starter my whole life," said Figaro, who earned his first victory since Sept. 26, 2009, when he was with the Detroit Tigers. "But it doesn't matter if they make me a starter or put me in the bullpen. I just want to be there when they need me for the the team." Figaro, who was making his third start for the Brewers in place of the injured Hiram Burgos, also collected a couple hits and scored a run for good measure. Gomez, meanwhile, collected hits in each of his first four at-bats — including a pair of triples — while driving in three runs and scoring three. Jonthan Lucroy also drove in four runs. After having to scrape together four runs in their loss Tuesday, the Brewers scored three in the first inning alone Wednesday. Norichika Aoki and Gomez sandwiched singles around a Jean Segura flyout, and then Miami starter Kevin Slowey hit Aramis Ramirez to load the bases. Lucroy followed with a bases-clearing triple into the gap in right-center, giving Figaro a 3-0 lead before he even took the mound. "That makes a lot of difference," said Figaro. "When you have a three-run, four-run lead, you feel more free to throw the ball. If they get a run, it doesn't really matter. That's a big deal." The right-hander sailed through the first couple innings, allowing one hit before the Brewers offense tacked another run onto the lead. This time it was Segura, who sent the first pitch of the third inning from Slowey into The Clevelander, the nightclub located in left-center, to make it 4-0. A Miami defensive miscue led to a run for the Brewers in the fifth. Scooter Gennett led off with a single and Figaro popped his bunt attempt trying to move him over. He got tangled up momentarily with Marlins catcher Rob Brantly, however, and the ball fell in front of home plate. Lucas then threw the ball well over first baseman Greg Dobbs' head, leaving Gennett at third and Figaro at second. Aoki drove in Gennett with a sacrifice fly to left to stretch Milwaukee's lead to 5-0. The Brewers added another run in the fifth when Gomez tripled and scored on Lucroy's sacrifice fly to center, then broke the game completely open in the sixth. And again, it was Gomez in the middle of things. With two outs, Figaro reached on an infield single, Aoki singled and Segura walked to load the bases for the Brewers centerfielder.
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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Jun 13