Despite another quality start from right-hander Mike Minor, the Atlanta Braves dropped their 16th straight Monday game 2-1 to Josh Johnson and the Miami Marlins.
Minor (5-7) pitched seven strong innings, allowing two runs on six hits with four strikeouts and no walks. However, the Marlins jumped on the board early with an RBI-single from Carlos Lee in the first inning and a solo home run from Emilio Bonifacio in the second to provide all the offense they would need.
Miami ace Josh Johnson, who has struggled of late, looked like his old self on Monday evening, pitching six shutout innings, allowing just one hit while striking out nine batters. Four Marlins' relievers combined to pitch the final three innings and close the door for the victory.
After Jason Heyward was called out on a blown call in the top of the ninth inning, Fredi Gonzalez was tossed from the game and seemed to provide a spark to the offense. With two-out and a man on third, Chipper Jones knocked in Michael Bourn with an RBI-single to bring the Braves within one run before Freddie Freeman flied out to shallow center field to end the game.
Jones led the offense with a 1-for-4 performance and an RBI. Bourn was also 1-for-4 in the game, while Martin Prado was 1-for-3 with a walk and Brian McCann finished 1-for-2 with a walk.
Tomorrow's matchup features a pair of veterans as the Braves will send Tim Hudson (8-4, 3.70 ERA) to the mound to face Mark Buerhle (9-9, 3.29 ERA) of Miami. The second game of the three-game series is scheduled to begin at 7:10 p.m. in Marlins Park.
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