The Atlanta Braves were unable to finish off a three-game road sweep of the Miami Marlins, losing the series finale 6-2 Wednesday afternoon at Marlins Park.
Paul Maholm trudged through a 37-pitch, four-run first inning, which was the difference in the score, to continue his own personal road woes.
Justin Ruggiano started the fateful first with a walk, which Ed Lucas followed with a single. Giancarlo Stanton was perfectly setup for a two-run double. Placido Polanco and Jeff Mathis also had RBI-singles while the Marlins batted around in the inning.
Maholm wouldn't allow another run, but the 37 pitches in the first limited him to 4 1/3 innings in the loss. He now has a 7.13 ERA in nine road starts this year.
Marlins starter Jacob Turner mostly kept the Braves at bay during his seven innings, though things could have been different had the Braves not made two blunders in a costly second inning. Chris Johnson and Dan Uggla started the inning by exchanging doubles to put the Braves on the board, but Uggla would be thrown out at third trying to advance to third on B.J. Upton's dropped strike three.
Upton was then picked off at first base, making the second Braves out on the basepaths in one inning.
The only other Braves run came in the sixth when Freddie Freeman doubled and scored on Johnson's groundout.
Polanco drove in two insurance runs for the Fish in the eighth off Anthony Varvaro, though the runs were charged to Luis Ayala. Ayala now owns a 6.00 ERA in nine innings pitched this season.
The Braves head back to Turner Field for a four-game with the Cincinnati Reds before heading into the All-Star break.
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