MIAMI – Carlos Delgado hit a pinch-hit grand slam to cap a six-run fifth inning and lift the Florida Marlins to an 11-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday.

Delgado’s 10th career grand slam punctuated a breakout inning for the Marlins, who won the last two games against the Brewers to salvage a split in the four-game series. Four of Florida’s runs in the fifth off Milwaukee starter Victor Santos were unearned because of a fielding error by first baseman Lyle Overbay.

Delgado homered off reliever Ricky Bottalico three batters after play resumed following a 41-minute rain delay.

Brian Moehler (4-6) has won two straight after going eight consecutive starts without a win. Moehler went five innings and allowed three runs and four hits. It was the first home win of the year for Moehler in nine starts.

Damion Easley led off the Marlins’ fifth with a double that skipped off the glove of Carlos Lee in left field. Jeff Conine then hit a sharp grounder that went Overbay’s legs for an error, scoring Easley to give Florida a 4-3 lead.

Miguel Cabrera reached on a fielder’s choice, stole second and took third on Juan Encarnacion’s single to left. Mike Lowell’s bloop single to right drove in Cabrera.

Following the rain delay, Bottalico came on to complete an intentional walk to Alex Gonzalez, loading the bases. One out later, Delgado hit his grand slam.

Russell Branyan and Rickie Weeks each hit home runs for the Brewers, who lost for the third time in eight games.

Juan Pierre led off the Florida first with a home run.

Santos (2-9) is winless since May 24, a span of seven starts, and dropped his fifth straight decision. He worked 4 1-3 innings and gave up four earned runs and eight hits.

Cabrera added a two-run double in the eighth.

Notes: Pierre hit Florida’s first leadoff home run this year. Pierre also led off with a homer against the Braves on June 23, 2004. … Milwaukee CF Brady Clark was back in the lineup in his customary leadoff spot after sitting out Wednesday. That was just his second game out of the lineup. … Chad Moeller has hit safely in a career-best seven straight games for the Brewers. … Milwaukee also gave up a season-high six runs in an inning on June 17 at Toronto.

AP-ES-07-07-05 1701EDT


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