The Brewers' offense has struggled to find its way during the month of May. Try telling that to the Marlins.
After bursting to a 20-8 start to the season, averaging over four runs a game, Milwaukee hit a bump in the road when the months changed. Entering Friday, the Brewers had averaged 3.4 runs a game in May, going 8-12. During their road stretch, that average had dipped to 2.7 with two shutouts in the past seven games.
But at Marlins Park, the Brewers may have found a rhythm.
"It's no question we have a really good offensive team," center fielder Carlos Gomez said before Friday's series opener, a 9-5 Brewers win. "The last two weeks we miss a lot of guys. Baseball's like that. Sometimes you have everybody and win games."
Milwaukee's offensive eruption came on 13 hits against a Marlins pitching staff that has had success at Marlins Park, with the fifth-lowest home ERA (2.78) entering Friday. The nine runs were the most scored by the Brewers since April 9.
Miami's Saturday starter, Jacob Turner (0-2), will look for his first win in his sixth start. While the Marlins pitching staff has fared well at Marlins Park, Turner has started the year with a 9.90 ERA in two starts (11 earned runs in 10 innings) there.
In his latest start, a loss at San Francisco, Turner gave up three runs in the first inning before holding the Giants scoreless in four of his next five innings. Turner has allowed at least four runs in four of his five starts.
"He had a rough first inning, and then he settles in," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "We're looking for that consistency at yet another young guy."
Meanwhile, the Brewers are seeking better command out of right-handed starter Wily Peralta after he walked a season-high four batters against Atlanta in his latest start.
"Those days when you don't have your best, you know, it will happen sometimes," Peralta said. "You don't worry about that. Come this next start I have to do the same thing I was doing early this year -- throw strikes and go right after hitters."
When Peralta has thrown strikes, the success has followed. He has quality starts in seven of his nine outings and has not allowed more than three earned runs in any of his appearances.
Of course, run support will help, too.
Brewers: Offense dealing with injuries
The Brewers' pursuit of turning around its May numbers on offense has not been helped by injuries.
Third baseman Aramis Ramirez, who has five home runs and 21 RBIs, is on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring and has not played since May 10. Gomez has missed time recently with back spasms.
Left fielder Ryan Braun, who has hit .289 with seven homers and 19 RBIs, was added to the list when he sat Friday with tightness in his right side after exiting in the fourth inning Thursday. Braun could return Saturday, but his injury will most likely linger, too.
"It's important to play as often as possible and get back as quickly as possible," Braun said. "It makes it challenging because you rarely get back to the point where you're 100 percent healthy. I think I'm optimistic that we'll eventually get it to go away, but most things seem to nag a little bit."
Marlins: Marlins Park offering plenty of offense
Home has been sweet for the Marlins this season. Even after losing Friday's series opener, Miami is 19-7 through its first 26 home games.
And who says Marlins Park is made for pitchers?
While the spacious ballpark is considered pitcher-friendly, Marlins hitters are scoring plenty of runs there. Miami has the Majors' second-best home batting average (.292), trailing only that of the Rockies, who are batting .344 at Coors Field.
With four home runs Friday night, the Marlins already sit at 27 homers at Marlins Park after hitting 36 all of last season. The Marlins and the Brewers combined for seven home runs Friday, a single-game record for the 3-year-old ballpark. The previous high was six homers on June 7, 2012, against the Braves.
• Miami catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia returned to the lineup Friday night and went 0-for-4. He was given Thursday off after tweaking his left ankle Wednesday night.
• After he collided with the Phillies' Domonic Brown on Thursday, Marlins utility infielder Jeff Baker pinch-hit Friday and went 1-for-1. He did not participate in throwing warmups prior to the game but took swings in batting practice.
• While the Milwaukee offense had struggled on the recent road stretch entering Friday, Jonathan Lucroy was an exception. During the eight-game road stretch he has hit .419 (13-for-31).
• Brewers third baseman Mark Reynolds entered Friday night's game hitting .175 with three homers and eight RBIs in the month of May. He led Milwaukee's series-opening scoring outburst going 2-for-5 with a pair of two-run homers.
• Reynolds was not the only player in Friday night's game to hit two homers. The Marlins got two home runs from both Giancarlo Stanton and Garrett Jones.
Alex Halsted is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.