MILWAUKEE (AP) – Ryan Braun hit a three-run, go-ahead homer in the eighth and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Florida Marlins 4-1 on Friday night to move to the brink of their first division title since 1982.
Prince Fielder also homered for Milwaukee, which came in needing a win and a St. Louis loss to clinch the NL Central and reach the postseason at the earliest date in team history. The Cardinals played the Cubs.
With chants of “M-V-P” ringing among the sellout crowd and two on, Braun homered off Clay Hensley (6-7) to end a 1-for-16 skid and then pointed his bat in the air toward owner Mark Attanasio and the fans before rounding the bases.
It was reminiscent of his 2008 homer on the last day of the season that lifted Milwaukee to its first postseason appearance since 1982. Now, they’re close to returning.
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