Miami, FL, United States (4E Sports) – Veteran Freddy Garcia tossed six innings of one-run ball in a spot start while Freddie Freeman hit a two-run shot to carry the Atlanta Braves to a 6-1 victory over the Miami Marlins in the finale of a four-game set Thursday at Marlins Park.
Garcia (1-1), claimed by Atlanta off waivers three weeks ago, gave up five hits with a walk and three strikeouts to earn his first win in a Braves uniform while Freeman secured his third consecutive 20-homer season on his 24th birthday.
Freeman’s two-run shot in the fourth inning was the first he has ever hit on his birthday. The 24-year-old first baseman needs to drive in two more runs to record his first 100-RBI season.
The seven-game road trip proved to be a productive one for Evan Gattis, who has hit .314 (11-for-35) with three home runs and 10 RBIs after a three-day rejuvenating stint with Triple-A Gwinnett
With the win, the Braves (88-58) took three of four this week and eight of 10 at Marlins Park this year. They ended the road trip with a 3-4 record.
In his second big league start, 23-year-old Brian Flynn (0-1) yielded six runs on six hits with six walks and four strikeouts to take the loss as the Marlins slipped to 54-91
Flynn, who has walked nine in his first eight innings in the Majors, matched a season high in walks by a Miami pitcher this year. Jacob Turner also had six against the Royals on Aug. 14.
The Braves capitalized on Flynn’s wildness with four runs in the third. Three straight walks to open the inning put the lefty in a jam before Gattis and Johnson delivered back-to-back doubles.
Miami countered with its lone run off Garcia in the bottom of the frame on Donovan Solano’s RBI single, which scored Rob Brantly.
Atlanta padded its lead in the fourth on Freeman’s two-run blast and was never threatened from there.