After splitting the first two games of their 3-game series, the Atlanta Braves won the rubber game of the series today, beating the Miami Marlins by a final score of 3-1. Atlanta improves their season record to 14-7 , while Miami drops to 10-12.
Aaron Harang was great in his start for the Braves today although he doesn’t get credit for the games win; he takes a no-decision. Harang, who has been nothing short of fantastic this season, worked 6 innings and allowed only 1 run on 6 hits. He recorded 11 strikeouts while only walking 1. Even the 1 run Harang gave up came on a shallow pop-up that easily could have been an out.
Miami starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi was really good today as well. He pitched 6 innings, allowing nothing but an un-earned run. Eovaldi, who also gets a no-decision, gave up 5 hits and just 1 walk. He struck out 7 Braves and lowered his season ERA down to 2.87.
The first run of the game was scored by the Braves in the bottom of the 4th inning on a Ryan Doumit RBI single. The Marlins tied the game in the 6th thanks to a Giancarlo Stanton RBI single. The tie was broken in the bottom of the 8th inning with an Evan Gattis 2-RBI double, giving Atlanta a 3-1 lead. That would hold as the final score after Craig Kimbrel saved the game in the top of the 9th inning, retiring the side and earning his 6th save of the season. This was Gattis’ second game winning hit of the series; he hit a walk-off 2-run home run in extra innings on Monday to win the first game of the series for Atlanta. Reliever David Carpenter is credited with the win for the Braves.
Atlanta is off tomorrow. They begin a 3-game series with the Cincinnati Reds Thursday at 7:35 EST. Ervin Santana (2-0, 0.86 ERA) will start the game for the Braves, and Homer Bailey (1-1, 5.75 ERA) will pitch for the Reds.
By Chris Castle