The Atlanta Braves had their 14-game winning streak snapped in near mind-numbing fashion Saturday night, losing 1-0 to the Miami Marlins at Turner Field off a wild pitch.
Both offenses were pretty much shut down with Alex Wood and Nathan Eovaldi dealing for their respective teams, but it was the Marlins who finally broke through in unorthodox fashion in the ninth inning.
Atlanta and Miami both stranded runners in the first inning, but after an hour-long rain delay, neither team put a runner as far as second base until Adeiny Hechavarria tripled off Jordan Walden to start the ninth. He scored the lone run of the game when Evan Gattis couldn't corral Walden's wild pitch.
Eovaldi was mostly responsible for the Braves not scoring for their first loss of August. He held the Braves to one hit, a single by Freddie Freeman in the first inning, over his seven innings of work.
The Braves wouldn't muster another hit until Andrelton Simmons singled with one out in the eighth inning, but he would be stranded as Brian McCann struck out and Jason Heyward grounded out.
Paul Janish struck out to end the game with the tying run on base. Of course, he wouldn't have been in the position in the first place had Chris Johnson not gotten himself tossed for arguing with umpire Jim Joyce after striking out in the first inning. Janish did do a spectacular job in the field though, making a couple of diving stops.
Wood was just as, if not more, impressive than Eovaldi. He threw six shutout innings striking out seven and giving up two hits and a walk.
The Braves having their win streak snapped left them one short of the Atlanta record of 15 consecutive wins in 2000.
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