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Millar comes a triple short of the cycle

MIAMI (AP) -- Kevin Millar approached his final two at-bats figuring he had a realistic chance to become the first Florida Marlins player to hit for the cycle.

Millar homered, doubled, singled and had four RBI as Florida defeated the Milwaukee Brewers 11-7 Saturday night.

"I've had some triples in my career, and with that 434-foot sign in the crevice in center field, there's always a chance,'' Millar said. "If it got in there, I was going for it. If I had the opportunity, I was going to run.''

Millar, who came in 2-for-18 in his previous seven games, could not complete the cycle. He reached on an error in the sixth inning and flied out to deep center in the eighth.

"There are 50 games left, and it's not how you start but how you finish,'' Millar said. "I think we can make a push to finish second (in the NL East).''

Millar's solo homer in the fourth was Florida's first home run
in six games.

Andy Fox had three hits and drove in two runs in support of Brad
Penny (5-4). He allowed four runs and nine hits in six innings.

The Brewers scored three times in the ninth, highlighted by
Lenny Harris' two-run double. Braden Looper got two outs for his
fourth save.

Jose Cabrera (4-8) gave up nine runs, five earned, in 2 2/3
innings.

The Marlins broke the game open by building a 9-3 lead with a
six-run third inning that was started by an obstruction call on
Milwaukee first baseman Richie Sexson.

Florida's Preston Wilson opened the inning with a single, then
was picked off first by Cabrera. In the ensuing rundown, Sexson was
called for blocking Wilson and given an error.

"In a rundown where there's contact between players, a runner can create his own basepath unless he's avoiding a tag,'' first-base umpire Gerry Davis said.

The explanation failed to soothe Brewers manager Jerry Royster.

"We executed the play perfectly,'' Royster said. "I don't
expect my 6-8 first baseman to get out of the way of a speed
demon.''

Following a walk to Mike Lowell, Derrek Lee delivered an RBI
double before Millar hit a two-run double. Luis Castillo's two-out,
two-run double and Fox's RBI single capped the outburst.

"You have nine guys behind you trying to do their best,'' Cabrera said. "When something like that happens, you have to try and put it out of your mind and get the next three guys.''

Cabrera threw 30 pitches in the first inning as the Marlins
built a 3-0 lead.

Castillo led off with a single and stole his NL-leading 35th
base. Fox then singled and stole his 24th base.

Following a walk to Wilson, Lowell delivered a sacrifice fly on
an 11-pitch at-bat to snap a 12-game streak without an RBI. Lee had
an RBI grounder, and Millar singled home a run.

The Brewers tied it with three runs in the second on Alex Sanchez's RBI single and Eric Young's two-run single.

Milwaukee right-hander Matt Childers allowed one run in 2 1/3 innings with three strikeouts in his major league debut.

Game notes
Before the game, the Marlins announced they had come to
terms with SS Robert Andino, the team's second-round pick in the
June draft. Andino is scheduled to sign his contract Sunday, when
he's slated to take batting practice with the Marlins. The
5-foot-11, 175-pound Andino, selected with the 52nd overall pick,
is out of Miami Southridge High School. ... The 7:05 p.m. scheduled
start was pushed back to 7:20 p.m. because of rain. ... Marlins C
Charles Johnson, who missed the previous five games because of a
sore left wrist and lower back strain, again was not in the
starting lineup. ... The announced crowd of 8,904 was Florida's
36th sub-10,000 crowd this season in 57 home dates.