MILWAUKEE -- How Tuesday's heartbreaking defeat ended is what will be remembered the most in the Marlins' 13-12 loss in 10 innings to the Brewers.
But four innings before Aramis Ramirez's walk-off two-run homer took place at Miller Park, the Marlins committed a costly error.
Shortstop Jose Reyes dropped a sure out flip from second baseman Omar Infante. It was doubtful the Marlins would have turned a double play, because the speedy Carlos Gomez hit the grounder to Infante.
But the forceout wasn't in doubt. The error was crushing because the Marlins gave up six runs in the sixth inning, with four of them unearned.
Sloppy defense hurt the Marlins in each of their first two losses at Milwaukee. The team committed three errors in each game.
If the Marlins are to get back into contention, the defense has to improve.
"I don't think we had time to double up Gomez in that situation," Reyes said. "I just dropped the ball. I took my eyes off the ball before it got into the glove. Things happen in the game. But that's the play I have to make."
After going 21-8 in May, the Marlins have been on a slide, and the defense has had its struggles. In their 29 games since June 1, the Marlins have committed 22 errors, which is tied for the ninth most in that span in the Majors.
Disappointing is how manager Ozzie Guillen described the defense of late.
"I think we built this team around good defense," Guillen said. "I think the guys on the field are pretty good defensive players. ... I think everybody on the field is pretty decent, and I expect them to make the plays."