MIAMI (AP) -- Michael Tejera pitched like a man with some place
to go -- his own wedding.
On a day when he clearly had other things on his mind, Tejera
turned in one of his better performances of the year, tossing seven
shutout innings as the Florida Marlins defeated the Milwaukee
Brewers 7-2 Sunday.
Normally, that would be a good day's work, but Tejera had plenty
left to do. He was getting married later that night to his
girlfriend of seven years, Michelle Garrido of Miami.
"I didn't plan to get married on the same day that I pitched,
but it just worked out that way,'' Tejera said.
"To tell you the truth, I didn't think about getting married
during the game. I just tried to stay focused.''
Tejera (7-4) won for the sixth time in his last nine starts,
allowing four hits while striking out six.
Millar homered for the second straight game and added a pair of
singles to finish 3-for-3 and two RBI. He also had three hits in
Saturday's 11-7 win against the Brewers.
Millar snapped out of a 2-for-20 slump on Saturday and now has
six hits and six RBI in his last two games. Banished to the bench
at times during his slide, Millar hopes to play more regularly.
"You don't get into a funk in one day, and you don't get out of
it in one day,'' Millar said. "It takes time. I hate sitting on
the bench, because that's when you think about how you have to take
charge of your opportunities.''
Ruben Quevedo (6-9) lost for the third time in his last four
starts. He allowed six runs and gave up eight hits, three of them
"I felt pretty good out there early, but it just fell apart on
me,'' Quevedo said. "The biggest thing for me is to regain my
confidence and not let those shots affect me too much.''
The Marlins took a 1-0 lead in the second on Mike Redmond's
double. Millar hit a two-run homer, his 11th, in the fourth.
Lowell and Lee hit consecutive homers in the fifth as Florida
built a 6-0 lead.
Juan Encarnacion led off the fifth with a walk, and Lowell hit
his 16th homer of the season. Lee followed with his 19th homer, the
sixth time the Marlins have had back-to-back shots this year.
The Brewers have struggled against lefties all year, and Tejera
is the latest to shut down their lineup, much to the dismay of
manager Jerry Royster.
"Another lefty, and another game when we act like we've never
seen one,'' Royster said. "When we face a lefty, our guys must
think he's the second coming of Steve Carlton. Once they see the
curveball, that's it. Once again, we didn't make the adjustments on
Florida C Charles Johnson was held out of the lineup for
the seventh straight game because of a sore left wrist and stiff
back. ... The Marlins have won seven of their last 11 home games.
... Encarnacion and Luis Castillo each had a stolen base, adding to
the Marlins' NL lead with 134. ... It was another rough game for
Brewers 1B Richie Sexson. Charged with an error in a botched
rundown on Saturday during a six-run inning for the Marlins, Sexson
went 0-for-4 Sunday. He struck out twice and grounded into a double