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Wei-Yin Chen, Justin Bour carry Miami Marlins past Milwaukee Brewers

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Walter Villa, The Sports Xchange
Miami Marlins first baseman Justin Bour (48). Photo by Mark Goldman/UPI
Miami Marlins first baseman Justin Bour (48). Photo by Mark Goldman/UPI | License Photo

MIAMI -- Miami Marlins left-hander Wei-Yin Chen was throwing bulls-eyes all night, tying his career high with 12 strikeouts.

But the biggest strike of the night was delivered by his center fielder, Marcell Ozuna.

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Chen got the win, and Justin Bour slugged a two-run homer to lead Miami to a 3-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday night at Marlins Park.

The Marlins led 3-0 in the seventh inning when Milwaukee scored twice. But the inning ended when Jonathan Villar was thrown out by Ozuna after trying to go from first to third with two outs.

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"I was ready for anything because we had two outs," said Villar, who helped Milwaukee win Tuesday's game by stealing two bases. "If Ozuna throws a little to the side, I'm safe. He made a perfect throw.

"That's my game -- I do anything for my team."

Ozuna said he just threw the ball as hard as he could.

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"(Villar) was going slow," Ozuna said, "and then he attacked."

Offensively for the Marlins, the big blow was delivered by Bour, who hit his fifth homer of the season, helping the Marlins (18-15) take two out of three games in their series against the Brewers (14-20). Miami has won 13 of its past 17 games.

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Bour, who hit a 1-2 pitch, said it was motivating to him when cleanup hitter Giancarlo Stanton was walked ahead of him.

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"I want to make sure I'm doing my job behind him, driving the ball so people don't think they can just put him on," Bour said. "I got down two strikes, hit a changeup, and it went out."

Milwaukee has yet to win a road series this season (0-4-2).

Two players extended their hitting streaks to 11 games -- Miami's Ozuna (1-for-3) and Milwaukee's Ryan Braun (3-for-4). They are tied for the longest active hit streaks in the majors.

However, Milwaukee's Aaron Hill, who went 0-for-4, had his 10-game hit streak halted.

Chen (3-1), who previously struck out 12 batters in 2012 against the Oakland A's, went 6 1/3 innings, allowing six hits, two walks and two runs.

He received relief help from A.J. Ramos, who pitched a scoreless ninth and earned his 10th save of the season. Ramos has converted 19 straight save chances dating to last season.

Milwaukee starter Chase Anderson (1-5) took the loss, allowing three hits, one walk and three runs in six innings.

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Anderson retired the first 10 Marlins before Martin Prado singled with one out in the fourth. Miami then broke through in the fifth on the two-run homer by Bour, who pulled that 80-mph changeup to right.

"I got (Christian) Yelich out on that pitch in the first inning," Anderson said. "I tried to do the same thing with Bour, but I left it up. Game of inches, right?"

Miami made it 3-0 later in the fifth inning. Ozuna hit a ground-rule double on a ball that got stuck underneath the fence in the right-field corner. He advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on Adeiny Hechavarria's sacrifice fly.

Milwaukee scored twice in the seventh and just missed out on an even bigger inning. Alex Presley hit a one single, and pinch-hitter Colin Walsh walked, knocking Chen out of the game.

After reliever Bryan Morris walked Domingo Santana to load the bases, Jonathan Villar got an RBI groundout. Second baseman Derek Dietrich prevented more damage by making a slick backhanded grab and flip.

Braun made the score 3-2 with an RBI single to center, but that's when Villar was thrown out by Ozuna.

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Brewers manager Craig Counsell wasn't too bothered by Villar's decision to run in that situation.

"It was an aggressive play," Counsell said. "Jon's going to force the action. (Tuesday night) it paid off."

Not this time, though.

NOTES: Miami designated LHP Craig Breslow for assignment and selected the contract of RHP Dustin McGowan from Triple-A New Orleans. Breslow's departure leaves Miami without a lefty in its bullpen. McGowan was 0-1 with a 3.38 ERA in six appearances for the Marlins earlier this season. In 7 1/3 scoreless innings at New Orleans, he was 2-for-2 in save chances, striking out seven and allowing six walks and just one hit. ... OF Austin Dean, one of Miami's top prospects, had two homers and five RBIs on Tuesday for Double-A Jacksonville. ... Brewers RF Domingo Santana (shoulder soreness) made his first start since May 3 and went 1-for-3 with a walk. ... Brewers 2B Scooter Gennett (oblique tightness), who has been on the disabled list since April 28, began a rehab assignment at Single-A Brevard County on Tuesday. He is expected to join the Brewers on Thursday when they open a seven-game homestand with a series against the San Diego Padres.

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