The Miami Marlins avoided a series sweep with a 6-2 victory on Wednesday afternoon over the Atlanta Braves. Paul Maholm had one of his worst starts of 2013 on Wednesday, lasting only 4.1 innings and giving up four earned runs.
The Marlins made the Braves play from behind all day, when they jumped on Maholm for four runs in the first inning.
Placido Polanco then added a double of his own that brought Stanton in from second.
Jeff Mathis, the Marlins catcher, gave the Marlins their fourth run of the first inning with a single to right field. Polanco was able to score and give the Marlins a big 4-0 lead after the first inning.
It was back to back doubles by the Braves that got them on the board. After a Chris Johnson double, Dan Uggla hit a double of his own off the first base bag. Johnson was able to score on Uggla’s double and the Marlins lead was down to three runs.
In the sixth inning, Chris Johnson cut the Marlins lead in half as he grounded out to first. Freddie Freeman was on third and was able to score, as the Marlins conceded the run for the out. The Marlins lead was cut in half as the score was now 4-2.
In the eight inning, the Marlins added a couple of insurance runs, to put the Braves away. Placido Polanco singled to right with the bases full of Marlins. Juan Pierre and Ed Lucas were able to score to increase the Marlins lead to 6-2.
6-2 was the final as the Marlins avoided a series sweep.
Chris Johnson: 2-4, 2B, R, RBI
Braves Manager, Fredi Gonzalez moved Johnson to the 5-hole for Wednesday’s game. He did have a good day, as he factored into both of the Braves runs. He scored the first run on a double from Uggla, and then knocked in Freddie Freeman with a groundout. He also extended his hitting streak to 11 games.
David Carpenter was good out of the bullpen again on Wednesday. He pitched 1.2 innings in relief of Maholm and did not allow a hit. Carpenter has been great out of the pen for the Braves in the last week.
After the game, the Braves headed back to Atlanta for a series with the Reds. The Braves will play four against the Reds and then it’s on to the all-star break.