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Mike Minor Solid, Christhian Bethancourt Homers in Tie with Miami Marlins

March 13th, 2012 at 10:16 PM
By Cody Fields

Mike Minor made more of a case for him to take the fifth starter's spot for the Atlanta Braves by throwing four scoreless innings in a 2-2 tie against the Miami Marlins.

Minor struck out four in his outing and threw 35 out of his 48 pitches for strikes.

"I felt pretty good today," Minor said. "Not just because of the scoreboard, but I think that was my best outing, just because of the overall pitch sequences, locating strikes and working both sides of the plate."

Carlos Zambrano held the Braves at bay with three perfect innings, but Atlanta got on the board in the fourth inning after Michael Bourn walked, Martin Prado singled and Brian McCann hit an RBI-single to right field.

The Marlins would the send eight men to the plate in the seventh inning, taking a 2-1 lead with RBI-doubles from Logan Morrison and John Buck. Christian Bethancourt then utilized his only at-bat with a solo homer to tie the game in the top of the ninth.

After staying tied through 10 innings, the division rivals decided that was enough for a game in March, leaving the game tied at 2.

Kris Medlen threw two scoreless innings for the Braves, allowing two hits.

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Brian McCann, Carlos Zambrano, Christian Bethancourt, Miami Marlins, Mike Minor, MLB

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