Santana homers, Brewers beat Marlins 8-4

Milwaukee Brewers' Jonathan Villar, right, slides safely home past the tag attempt by Miami Marlins' J.T. Realmuto during the second inning of a baseball game Saturday, July 1, 2017, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)

By RICH ROVITO

Associated Press

MILWAUKEE — Giancarlo Stanton was inches away from robbing the Brewers’ Domingo Santana of a home run in the second inning.

The ball slipped from his glove and over the fence for a tying two-run homer, though, and Milwaukee added five more runs in the inning to jumpstart an 8-4 win over the Miami Marlins on Saturday.

“If I catch it, the game is completely different, and we can probably have a chance to win,” Stanton said.

“I had it. Then I didn’t have it. Then the fans had it.”

Santana’s drive came off Tom Koehler (1-3). Stanton jumped and got the tip of his mitt on the ball, but it bounced off and fell into the seats. Stanton put his hands on his head as Santana circled the bases.

“I was just hoping he’d drop it,” Santana said.

The seven-run inning marked Milwaukee’s second-best output for an inning this season, trailing only an eight-run outburst against the New York Mets on May 13.

Travis Shaw had a two-run single later in the barrage. Brewers starter Zach Davies drove in a run on a fielder’s choice, Stephen Vogt drew a bases-load walk and Jonathan Villar added a run-scoring single as Milwaukee sent 13 batters to the plate in the inning.

“If (Stanton) catches that ball, you just don’t know what happens,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “Then it snowballs.”

Davies (9-4) struggled a bit with his control early but retired his last 10 batters.

He gave up four runs and five hits over six innings. He pitched seven shutout innings in his previous start Sunday at Atlanta.

“The last two innings, I thought they may have been his best two innings of the season,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “The command was as good as we’ve seen it.”

Koehler, making his first start since May 16, lasted just 1 2/3 innings. He gave up six hits and seven runs (three earned).

Miami jumped ahead in the first on Justin Bour’s two-run double. The Marlins added two more runs in the third off Davies to make it 7-4.

Orlando Arcia homered leading off the fifth for the Brewers.

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