- Ozzie Guillen described the previous day's loss as a kick in the stomach.
Faced with another gut check, the Miami Marlins and closer Heath Bell responded, rallying to beat the Milwaukee Brewers 7-6 in 10 innings on Wednesday.
Although Guillen hopes the win will kick-start the Marlins, the manager kept his optimism in check.
``Every time I say that, we lose three in a row,'' Guillen said.
The Marlins got another boost after the game, when the team confirmed that it had acquired slugger Carlos Lee from the Houston Astros.
Miami sent third baseman Matt Dominguez and left-handed pitcher Rob Rasmussen to Houston.
``It's a huge move, I think, the front office, showing people how much we want to win,'' Guillen said. ``They show how much we care about winning this year, they showed the players that they're willing to do anything to help this ballclub.''
Hanley Ramirez hit an RBI single off reliever Manny Parra in the 10th inning, and Bell secured his 18th save _ one day after he gave up a two-run home run to Milwaukee's Aramis Ramirez in the 10th, allowing the Brewers to win a wild 13-12 game.
After the Brewers left a pair of runners on base on the bottom of the ninth, Parra got two quick outs to start the 10th. But he gave up a double to Donovan Solano, then Ramirez singled up the middle to give the Marlins the lead.
``It's disappointing,'' Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. ``I felt we should have won that game today.''
Parra (0-3) took the loss, and Wade LeBlanc got the win (1-0).
Axford said the Brewers' beleaguered bullpen still has confidence.
``Everyone's still up and still smiling,'' Axford said. ``It's just unfortunate the way things are going right now.''
It was yet another rally for the Marlins after pinch hitter Logan Morrison tied the game in the seventh with a three-run homer off of Brewers starter Randy Wolf.
The Brewers took the lead back in the bottom half of the seventh, when the Marlins intentionally walked Ryan Braun to get to Aramis Ramirez - and Ramirez delivered a single to score Norichika Aoki for a 6-5 lead. Ramirez hit a two-run homer to win Tuesday's game in the 10th inning.
The two teams were coming off a wild 13-12 Brewers victory Tuesday, when Milwaukee blew a big lead before Ramirez won it in the 10th.
Wolf cruised through six innings before giving up the solo shot to Ruggiano to lead off the seventh, cutting the Brewers' lead to 5-2.
Wolf got Omar Infante to fly out but allowed a walk to Austin Kearns and a single to Sanchez. Wolf struck out Hayes - but Morrison pounded a pitch from Wolf off the facade in center field, tying the game.
Roenicke wanted to give Wolf a chance, after he had been betrayed by his bullpen several times this season.
``It came down to thinking it was Randy's game,'' Roenicke said.
Written By: Associated Press