After the Milwaukee Brewers snuck by with victories over the Florida Marlins in the first two games, there was concern going into today.

Brewers’ starter Chris Narveson hasn’t been the model of consistency lately, usually having one inning that wrecks an entire effort. Yet the Brewers still earned a 6-5 extra innings win over the Marlins with struggling Narveson topping Florida ace Anibal Sanchez.

Milwaukee, winners of 3 straight on the road, got off to an excellent start, beginning with Rickie Weeks who drove in a 2-run homer. Jonathan Lucroy and Weeks tacked on more towards a 5-run lead, but it wasn’t enough as Narveson hit his trouble inning in the 6th. Florida tied it up with the help of a grand slam, and the game dragged on at 5 a piece.

Both teams put themselves in trouble positions as the day went on, but the score remained 5-5 until Josh Wilson hit the go-ahead home run in the top of the 11th. John Axford got himself into a bit of a jam in the bottom half of the final innings, but was still able to record his 16th save. For a team that has struggled mightly away from home, it provides a big boost of confidence for a team returning to Miller Park Tuesday.

Zack Greinke will close out the 4-game series tomorrow against the Marlins’ Javier Vazquez.

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