The Atlanta Braves didn't mount much of an offense against the Miami Marlins on Wednesday night, but it didn't matter with Paul Maholm on the mound. The Braves claimed a 3-0 victory over the Marlins despite recording only four hits.
Maholm threw 6 2/3 shutout innings and allowed only five hits. He struck out six and did not walk any batters.
"He did a nice job," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "He gave us 6 2/3 pretty good innings there and mixed his pitches well. He got himself in a pretty good flow there in the middle innings and just kept going mixing up pitches and did a nice job."
Martin Prado put the Braves on the board with a solo home run in the first inning. He also drove in a run with an RBI single in the third inning.
"I didn't know that I hit it out but fortunately for me and for my team, it was huge in that first inning to get that run," Prado said of his homer. "Paul was great, and he used that run to deal all game and got the win."
The Braves tacked on a third run when Dan Uggla stole home on a passed ball during a suicide squeeze attempt. Jason Heyward, Jose Constanza, and Brian McCann each added a stolen base to their season totals.
Marlins starter Josh Johnson pitched well but struggled with his command, walking five batters and allowing three runs (two earned) over six innings.
Craig Kimbrel accomplished a rare feat as he recorded his 40th save of the season. He struck out four batters in the ninth inning after allowing a runner to advance to first base on strike three.
"That's not something we should be proud of," Gonzalez said of Kimbrel's four strikeouts. "It's a tough pitch in the dirt but nevertheless he got out of that jam."
The Braves will send Tommy Hanson (12-9, 4.46 ERA) to the mound against Jacob Turner (1-3, 4.03 ERA) at 7:10 PM EDT on Thursday night.
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