Atlanta, GA, United States (4E Sports) – Evan Gattis smacked a pinch-hit, two-run double in the eighth inning to carry the Atlanta Braves over the Miami Marlins, 3-1, Wednesday at Turner Field.
Hitting for center fielder Jordan Schafer, Gattis hit A.J. Ramos’ 1-1 throw down the left field line, bringing home Ramiro Pena and Dan Uggla and helping the Braves take two of three from the Marlins.
This was Gattis’ second game-winning hit in the series. He hit a 10th-inning two-run homer in the series opener to give Atlanta (14-7) a 4-2 win.
Atlanta reliever David Carpenter (1-0) got the win after getting the final out in the eighth while Craig Kimbrel worked the ninth for his sixth save of the season.
Starter Aaron Harang pitched into the seventh, giving up a run on six hits with a season-high 11 strikeouts. Through his first five starts, the 35-year-old right-hander has produced a National League-leading 0.85 ERA.
Jason Heyward finished with two of the seven hits for the Braves, who won four of their last six overall.
Dunn (1-3) was hit with the loss, getting charged with two runs on one hit. Striking out three and walking one in one inning of work.
Starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi limited the Braves to five hits and an unearned run over six innings with seven strikeouts as the Marlins slipped to 10-12.
Christian Yelich extended his hitting streak to 17 games with an bunt single in the eighth but the Marlins failed to follow-up a three-game sweep of the Mariners over the weekend with another series win.
The Braves broke the ice in the fourth when Chris Johnson reached to lead off the inning on a throwing error by shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria.
Johnson then moved to second on a wild pitch charged to Eovaldi. Ryan Doumit followed with a single up the middle to plate Johnson without a throw.
Miami later got to Harang for a run in the sixth inning when Giancarlo Stanton’s two-out blooper to no-man’s land in shallow left-center scored Jeff Mathis with the tying run.