MILWAUKEE (AP) - The Florida Marlins will finish last in the NL East. Maybe the Miami Marlins will fare better.
Emilio Bonifacio and Omar Infante homered, but Florida guaranteed its first last-place finish in the NL East since 2007 with a 6-4 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers on Saturday night.
``It's been a very obviously disappointing season for us because we know we're a lot better than what we're showing,' Bonifacio said.
The team will be renamed the Miami Marlins on Nov. 11 as it prepares to move into its new retractable-roof ballpark.
``We had a lot of innings where we just couldn't make that big pitch or get that big hit or whatever,' Bonifacio said. ``We just couldn't get that big play, whatever it might be. It's happened all year. We've been in ballgames and it just hasn't worked out.'
Pinch-hitter Corey Hart had a go-ahead, two-run double in the seventh inning, and the Brewers rallied from three deficits to beat Florida for their seventh straight against the Marlins.
``You bring a guy off the bench like Hart and he gets a base hit. They're tough. They're good clutch players. And our guys might be the same way in time,' Marlins manager Jack McKeon said. ``You grow into that situation.'
Maybe Florida has some strong pieces to build around.
Bonifacio is hitting .328 over the past month and Infante has been a solid contributor at the top of the Marlins' order.
``Those two guys are the table setters,' McKeon said. ``Bonifacio has done a great job getting a chance to play regularly this year. He's been outstanding.'
Still, the 80-year-old manager joked he'd rather not see Bonifacio hit home runs like he did in the fourth.
``I hate to see him hit home runs because every time he hits a home run, we lose. You almost sit back and say, 'Hell, we've got to win tonight if he hits a home run,'' McKeon said. ``This is twice now that he's hit a home run and we came back and lost the ballgame. So I would recommend he don't hit homers.'
Ryan Braun finished 2 for 3 to raise his batting average to .331, just ahead of the Mets' Jose Reyes (.330) for the NL lead. The Brewers have never had a batting champion.
John Axford converted his 45th save, a franchise record, and the NL Central champions came back from deficits of 1-0, 3-2 and 4-3.
The Brewers trailed 4-3 in the seventh when Jonathan Lucroy singled against Burke Badenhop (2-3) and pinch-hitter Jerry Hairston doubled. Badenhop left for Michael Dunn, and Hart came in as a pinch hitter after having a day out of the starting lineup to rest following Friday's 4-1 win that gave the Brewers their first division title in 29 years.
``We've got to get the big guys come through for us. They came through earlier in the season. And you can't expect them to come through all the time. But you know, to be that kind of guy that you're counting on to take you to the promised land, you've got to have a couple of those guys do what Braun did, or what Prince (Fielder) does, or Hart,' McKeon said. ``(We've) got a couple of those guys who step up if you want to be a winning club. And (we) may in time.'
NOTES: LaTroy Hawkins (2-1) earned the win for Milwaukee with one inning of relief. ... Florida is 4-11 in their past 15 games at Miller Park. ... Florida is 40-40 on the road this season. ... Bonifacio last homered on Aug. 23. ... Marlins RHP Ricky Nolasco (10-11, 4.46 ERA) faces LHP Chris Narveson (10-8, 4.40) in Sunday's finale.
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