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Marlins outlast Braves on Encarnacion's single in 13th

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MIAMI -- One comeback wasn't enough for the Florida Marlins. They needed two to outlast the Atlanta Braves.

Juan Encarnacion's single to right field with two outs in the 13th inning drove home Miguel Cabrera with the winning run and capped the Marlins' 6-5 win on Wednesday night.

The teams combined to use 16 pitchers, nine by Atlanta, and played for 4 hours, 43 minutes. When it was over, the Marlins -- who rallied from two runs down in the ninth, then dug out of a 5-4 hole in the 13th -- spilled out onto the field, mobbing each other in a postseason-like celebration.

"If we'd lost that thing, I think it would have killed us," said Marlins interim manager Harry Dunlop, who's filling in for Jack McKeon until Friday. "This might be the turning point. We got the thing going. Everybody on that bench was enthusiastic tonight and wanted it in a bad way, because these guys have just buried us."

Andruw Jones hit his major-league leading 25th home run to lead off the 13th inning, a towering shot to left field that put the Braves in position for their sixth straight win and their 22nd in 30 tries against Florida since the start of last season.

But the Marlins rallied -- just as they did in the ninth off Atlanta closer Chris Reitsma, who blew his fourth save in 10 chances.

The Marlins were down to their final strike in the 13th when Paul Lo Duca singled to center off Adam Bernero (4-3). That hit brought Luis Castillo home with the tying run, and Encarnacion -- who also hit his 10th homer -- then ended it with a hit to right, enough to allow Cabrera to score from second.

"I figured if I made a good throw, we'd have a shot at him," Atlanta right fielder Ryan Langerhans said. "I short-hopped it a little and that was enough."

McKeon is attending a relative's funeral in New Jersey and won't rejoin the team until it opens a series in New York on Friday against the Mets.

He missed a wild, emotional night.

Castillo had four hits, and Cabrera had three hits and two RBI for Florida, which had lost nine of its last 13 home games. John Riedling (4-1) got the win in relief, despite allowing Jones' home run.

Kelly Johnson and Brian Jordan also homered, and Rafael Furcal had his fourth straight multihit game for Atlanta -- plus scored two runs and stole his NL-leading 28th base. Furcal hurt his right leg in the sixth inning and left two innings later; Braves manager Bobby Cox said his starting shortstop is day-to-day.

"We thought we had it won when it was 4-2 in the ninth. Then we thought we had it won on Andruw's home run," Cox said. "They kept coming back on us."

Florida strung together four straight singles -- two of them infield hits, and another bouncing off the glove of shortstop Wilson Betemit -- off Reitsma in the ninth. Cabrera's second RBI drove in Juan Pierre, and Carlos Delgado poked the ball toward the left side of the infield to bring Castillo home with the tying run.

Reitsma failed with his arm, but his body kept the Marlins from winning the game in the ninth.

Lo Duca's two-out liner -- which probably was hit hard enough to bring Cabrera home with the winning run - bounced off Reitsma's torso, and he recovered to throw to first in time and send the game to extra innings.

"The scorecard says I gave up four hits. Three of them didn't leave the infield," Reitsma said. "I feel like I did my job. I should have been out of that inning four or five times."

Jordan's homer, his third of the year and first in 128 at-bats, opened the scoring in the second. Atlanta went up 2-0 in the third; Furcal doubled, then scored on Marcus Giles' double into the left-field corner.

Encarnacion's homer cut the lead to 2-1 in the fourth, but Johnson hit a two-run shot, his fourth of the season, off Al Leiter in the fifth. Leiter allowed four runs and eight hits in 4 1/3 innings -- and saw his home ERA dip slightly, from 10.43 to 10.15.

Atlanta managed just one hit between the fifth and 12th innings.

Florida got one run back in the fifth, when Cabrera's single brought home Pierre. And the Marlins hung around just long enough to steal a win.

"It was a good win," Pierre said. "Us getting down and coming back like that, it was big for us."

Notes

  • Florida and Atlanta also played a 13-inning game on April 6, a 2-1 Braves victory.
  • The Marlins did not announce Wednesday who'd start Thursday's series finale. Right-hander Josh Beckett (blister) believes he's ready to come off the disabled list; if Beckett doesn't pitch, Scott Olsen is the probable starter.
  • Furcal now has 499 career runs, one more than Glenn Hubbard for ninth all-time in Braves' history.
  • Charlie Hough, the knuckleballer who started the Marlins' first-ever game, was in the crowd.
  • Jones has 13 home runs in June, a new Braves franchise record.
 
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Miguel Cabrera (center) celebrates after scoring the game-winning run against Atlanta.  (AP)
Miguel Cabrera (center) celebrates after scoring the game-winning run against Atlanta. (AP)

Players of the Game
Florida

C. Delgado
AB 6
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
Florida

L. Castillo
AB 6
R 2
H 4
HR 0
RBI 0
 

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Atlanta Braves
Rafael Furcal, SS3220101 .236
    Jim Brower, P0000000 .000
   a- Adam LaRoche, PH1000010 .258
    Chris Reitsma, P0000000 .000
    Dan Kolb, P0000000 .000
   b- Brian McCann, PH0000100 .348
    Jorge Vasquez, P1000013 .000
    Adam Bernero, P00000001.000
Kelly Johnson, LF5112144 .253
Marcus Giles, 2B5021112 .292
Andruw Jones, CF5121113 .285
Julio Franco, 1B5010113 .272
Johnny Estrada, C6010004 .278
Brian Jordan, RF3121000 .246
    Kevin Gryboski, P0000000 .000
    Blaine Boyer, P0000000 .000
    John Foster, P0000000 .000
   c- Pete Orr, PH-3B3000000 .299
Wilson Betemit, 3B-SS6010021 .317
Kyle Davies, P2000010 .200
   d- Ryan Langerhans, PH-RF1000300 .253
Totals46512591221 
a-struck out (wild pitch) for Brower in the 9th
b-walked for Kolb in the 12th
c-flied out for Foster in the 8th
d-walked for Davies in the 6th
Batting
2B - Rafael Furcal (10, Leiter), Marcus Giles (24, Leiter), Brian Jordan (8, Leiter)
HR - Kelly Johnson (4, Leiter), Andruw Jones (25, Riedling), Brian Jordan (3, Leiter)
RBI - Kelly Johnson 2 (17), Marcus Giles (25), Andruw Jones (56), Brian Jordan (23)
2-OUT RBI - Marcus Giles (9), Brian Jordan (8)
SB - Rafael Furcal (28, 3rd base off Leiter/Lo Duca)
CS - Kelly Johnson (1, 2nd base by Mota/Lo Duca)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Furcal-Giles-Franco, Giles-Betemit-Franco
Atlanta Braves
Kyle Davies 5522421 4.63
Kevin Gryboski (H,2) 1100000 1.59
Blaine Boyer (H,3) 0.2000100 1.08
John Foster (H,8) 0.1000010 2.93
Jim Brower (H,7) 1000110 6.00
Chris Reitsma (BS,4) 1422000 4.00
Dan Kolb 2200120 6.00
Jorge Vasquez 1211100 3.86
Adam Bernero (BS,1; L,4-3) 0.2311000 6.21
IBB - Delgado by Dan Kolb
WP - Kyle Davies (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Kyle Davies 103-0, Kevin Gryboski 9-0, Blaine Boyer 15-0, John Foster 4-0, Jim Brower 23-0, Chris Reitsma 25-0, Dan Kolb 32-0, Jorge Vasquez 22-0, Adam Bernero 15-0
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kyle Davies 4-9, Kevin Gryboski 1-1, Jim Brower 2-0, Chris Reitsma 1-2, Dan Kolb 2-1, Jorge Vasquez 3-0
Batters Faced - Kyle Davies 24, Kevin Gryboski 3, Blaine Boyer 3, John Foster 1, Jim Brower 4, Chris Reitsma 7, Dan Kolb 8, Jorge Vasquez 6, Adam Bernero 5
Florida Marlins
Juan Pierre, CF6220102 .257
Luis Castillo, 2B6240100 .325
Miguel Cabrera, LF5132202 .340
Carlos Delgado, 1B6011117 .309
Mike Lowell, 3B5000106 .217
    John Riedling, P0000000 .000
   a- Matt Treanor, PH1000002 .256
Paul Lo Duca, C7031004 .302
Juan Encarnacion, RF6132112 .271
Alex Gonzalez, SS6010014 .273
Al Leiter, P2000023 .000
    Nate Bump, P0000000 .000
   b- Jeff Conine, PH1000000 .257
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000 .000
    Todd Jones, P0000000 .000
   c- Damion Easley, PH1000000 .242
    Jim Mecir, P0000000 .000
   d- Josh Willingham, PH1000010 .000
    Valerio De Los Santos, P0000000 .000
    Lenny Harris, 3B0000100 .344
Totals5361768632 
a-flied out for Riedling in the 13th
b-flied out for Bump in the 6th
c-lined out for T. Jones in the 9th
d-struck out for Mecir in the 10th
Batting
2B - Paul Lo Duca (17, Vasquez)
HR - Juan Encarnacion (10, Davies)
RBI - Miguel Cabrera 2 (56), Carlos Delgado (57), Paul Lo Duca (31), Juan Encarnacion 2 (42)
2-OUT RBI - Paul Lo Duca (11), Juan Encarnacion 2 (22)
Team LOB - 17
Fielding
DP - Lowell-Delgado, Castillo-A. Gonzalez-Delgado, Castillo-A. Gonzalez-Delgado, Lo Duca-Castillo, Mecir-Delgado
E - Paul Lo Duca (2, Wild throw)
Florida Marlins
Al Leiter 4.1844442 6.45
Nate Bump 1.2000110 3.68
Guillermo Mota 2000120 5.11
Todd Jones 1000120 1.41
Jim Mecir 1100000 3.62
Valerio De Los Santos 1.2000110 2.00
John Riedling (W,4-1) 1.1311121 7.04
IBB - Langerhans by John Riedling
WP - Todd Jones (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Al Leiter 82-0, Nate Bump 18-0, Guillermo Mota 22-0, Todd Jones 20-0, Jim Mecir 10-0, Valerio De Los Santos 30-0, John Riedling 29-0
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Al Leiter 6-0, Nate Bump 3-1, Guillermo Mota 2-1, Jim Mecir 1-1, Valerio De Los Santos 2-2, John Riedling 2-0
Batters Faced - Al Leiter 22, Nate Bump 6, Guillermo Mota 6, Todd Jones 4, Jim Mecir 3, Valerio De Los Santos 6, John Riedling 8
Game Information
Attendance - 23512
Game Time - 4:43
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Gerry Davis, First Base - Doug Eddings, Second Base - Bruce Dreckman, Third Base - Bill Hohn