The Miami Marlins kept playing good baseball to finish out the three-game set on Thursday, roughing up Craig Kimbrel to take a 4-3 game and the series from the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. It was just the second home series the Braves have lost all year.
Kimbrel's ninth inning started ominously when he started by walking Ed Lucas. The Braves breathed easier when Kimbrel struck out Giancarlo Stanton, but the go-ahead run moved to second the next batter when he walked Logan Morrison. After striking out Marcell Ozuna, Kimbrel had Donovan Solano down 0-2 with two outs, but Solano shot a slider into right field to bring home the winning run for the Marlins.
Of course, the Braves didn't look like themselves most of the night. After Andrelton Simmons singled and Jason Heyward doubled off Henderson Alvarez to start the game, Freddie Freeman drove them both in with a single and Brian McCann drove in Freeman with a double.
The Braves then recorded 11 consecutive outs before Chris Johnson singled to start the fifth, but that was erased when Simmons lined into a double play on a hit-and-run to end the frame and any potential threat.
That was all the support the Braves gave Julio Teheran, who had an erratic start, to say the least. He struck out the first four batters he faced before giving up a solo homer to Ozuna in the second inning. He gave up single runs in the third and fourth innings to bring his line to three runs on six hits over five innings, though he also struck out seven.
David Carpenter, Luis Avilan and Jordan Walden all pitched around jams to stay scoreless in the sixth through ninth innings.
Interestingly enough, the Braves didn't draw a walk until Steve Cishek issued a free pass to Freeman to start the bottom of the ninth. He would be stranded after McCann and Dan Uggla flew out and B.J. Upton struck out to end the game.Tags: Andrelton Simmons, Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Baseball, Brian McCann, Craig Kimbrel, Donovan Solano, Freddie Freeman, Giancarlo Stanton, Jason Heyward, Luis Avilan, Marcell Ozuna, Miami Marlins, MLB, Steve Cishek