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Marlins 5, Braves 2

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MIAMI -- Even though the Florida Marlins fell far short of their expectations, they at least ensured a winning record.

Pinch-hitter Lenny Harris had a two-run homer in the eighth inning that led Florida over the NL East champion Atlanta Braves on Friday night and assured the Marlins of finishing at .500 or better.

Matt Treanor's run-scoring single in the sixth off John Thomson (4-6) put Florida ahead 3-2. Braves closer Kyle Farnsworth walked Jeremy Hermida in the eighth and, one out later, Harris connected for his fifth career pinch-homer.

"I thought it was going to hook so I tried to give it a little English at the plate, and it kind of stayed fair," Harris said.

Florida (81-79) will finish with a .500-or-higher record for the third consecutive season, a first for the franchise, which started play in 1993. It also meant that none of the five NL East teams will have losing records.

Atlanta has lost two in a row since clinching a record 14th consecutive division title Tuesday night.

"Maybe we didn't show it tonight but we've got a lot of fight in this team," Thomson said. "Maybe it does have something to do with us already clinching the division and guys may be backing off just a little bit but I feel pretty comfortable about going to the postseason. I'm watching the TV right now trying to figure out who we're gonna play."

Ron Villone (2-2) recorded two outs in the sixth for the win, and Todd Jones pitched the ninth for his 39th save in 43 chances.

Rookie Josh Johnson made his first major-league start, taking the slot of A.J. Burnett, who was banished from the team Monday by manager Jack McKeon. That move came after a day after Burnett lost his sixth decision in a row, then said the Marlins play scared because McKeon and his staff are too negative.

"It was pretty special," said Johnson, a 21-year-old native of Minneapolis. "I've been thinking about this since I was teeny tiny. I grew up watching the Twins. I remember watching the World Series in '87, so I've been watching baseball ever since. It's amazing."

Braves manager Bobby Cox already had replaced the first three hitters in his starting lineup -- Rafael Furcal, Marcus Giles and Chipper Jones -- when he sent Ryan Langerhans in to pinch run for Andruw Jones, who was hit by a pitch in the sixth.

"He's got a great sinker," Cox said of Johnson. "The ball moves in, big time. He knows how to pitch. They've got to like him. Maybe they've got a replacement for A.J."

Johnson, who pitched four shutout innings Saturday at Atlanta, left after he loaded the bases with a walk to Adam LaRoche. Villone relieved and pinch-hitter Brian Jordan hit a sacrifice fly that tied the score 2-2.

Johnson allowed two runs and four hits in 5 1/3 innings, struck out seven and walked four.

"He did a good job," McKeon said. "It's too bad we don't have more games where we could give him a few more opportunities, but he did his job tonight. We were very proud of the way he performed out there and stayed within himself. I think he's got a good future here."

Mike Lowell hit a leadoff double in the bottom half off Thomson. One out later, Matt Treanor hit an RBI single to put the Marlins back on top and chase Thomson, who allowed three runs -- two earned -- and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Florida opened the scoring in the third. With runners on first and third and no one out, Thomson fielded Carlos Delgado's grounder back to the mound and immediately turned and threw to shortstop Rafael Furcal, who threw to first to complete the double play as Juan Pierre came home from third.

Notes

Johnson struck out the side in the second. ... Marlins 3B Miguel Cabrera reached into the stands to catch Wilson Betamit's foul pop to end the seventh. ... It was Harris' fifth career pinch-hit homer, his first homer since Sept. 23, 2004, also as a pinch hitter.

 
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Atlanta Braves
Rafael Furcal, SS2000011 .284
    Wilson Betemit, SS2011000 .302
Marcus Giles, 2B1000101 .292
    Pete Orr, 2B2120001 .306
Chipper Jones, 3B1010100 .294
    Andy Marte, PR-3B2000012 .148
Andruw Jones, CF2000002 .263
    Ryan Langerhans, PR-CF1000001 .267
Adam LaRoche, 1B2000221 .259
Kelly Johnson, LF2000021 .242
   a- Brian Jordan, PH-LF1001012 .247
Todd Hollandsworth, RF3100112 .240
Johnny Estrada, C4010000 .257
John Thomson, P1000011 .200
    John Foster, P0000000 .000
   b- Brayan Pena, PH1000010 .179
    Joey Devine, P0000000 .000
    Kyle Farnsworth, P0000000 .000
   c- Julio Franco, PH1000000 .271
Totals2825251015 
a-hit a sacrifice fly for Johnson in the 6th
b-struck out for Foster in the 7th
c-grounded out for Farnsworth in the 9th
Batting
2B - Pete Orr (8, Mota)
SF - Brian Jordan (3)
SH - John Thomson (9)
RBI - Wilson Betemit (18), Brian Jordan (24)
2-OUT RBI - Wilson Betemit (8)
SB - Pete Orr (7, 3rd base off Johnson/Treanor), Andruw Jones (5, 2nd base off Johnson/Treanor)
CS - Wilson Betemit (3, 2nd base by Johnson/Treanor)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Kelly Johnson 1
DP - Furcal-LaRoche, Thomson-Betemit-LaRoche
E - Chipper Jones (5, Misplayed grounder)
Atlanta Braves
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John Foster 0.2000000 4.15
Joey Devine 1000000 15.75
Kyle Farnsworth 1122121 2.22
WP - John Thomson (3)
Pitches-Strikes - John Thomson 95-56, John Foster 10-6, Joey Devine 12-8, Kyle Farnsworth 26-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Thomson 8-4, John Foster 1-1, Joey Devine 1-2
Batters Faced - John Thomson 26, John Foster 2, Joey Devine 3, Kyle Farnsworth 5
Florida Marlins
Juan Pierre, CF4100001 .271
Jeff Conine, LF-1B3010100 .310
Carlos Delgado, 1B3010100 .302
    Chris Aguila, LF0000000 .233
Miguel Cabrera, 3B4010003 .323
Jeremy Hermida, RF3111102 .235
Mike Lowell, 2B4120001 .237
Robert Andino, SS2010111 .179
   a- Lenny Harris, PH1112000 .304
    Josh Wilson, SS0000000 .000
Matt Treanor, C4011012 .197
Josh Johnson, P2110011 .250
    Ron Villone, P0000000 .000
   b- Joe Dillon, PH1000001 .118
    Guillermo Mota, P0000000 .000
    Todd Jones, P1000010 .333
Totals3251044412 
a-homered for Andino in the 8th
b-grounded out for Villone in the 6th
Batting
2B - Miguel Cabrera (42, Thomson), Mike Lowell (36, Thomson)
HR - Lenny Harris (1, Farnsworth)
RBI - Jeremy Hermida (7), Lenny Harris 2 (11), Matt Treanor (13)
2-OUT RBI - Jeremy Hermida (1)
SB - Juan Pierre (57, 2nd base off Thomson/Estrada), Jeremy Hermida (2, 2nd base off Farnsworth/Estrada), Robert Andino (1, 2nd base off Thomson/Estrada)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Andino-Delgado
E - Matt Treanor (5, Wild throw)
Florida Marlins
Josh Johnson 5.1422470 3.65
Ron Villone (BS,8; W,4-5) 0.2000000 4.21
Guillermo Mota (H,14) 1.2100120 4.70
Todd Jones (S,39) 1.1000010 1.77
IBB - LaRoche by Guillermo Mota
HBP - A. Jones (by Josh Johnson)
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Johnson 100-53, Ron Villone 6-3, Guillermo Mota 22-13, Todd Jones 7-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Johnson 5-2, Guillermo Mota 1-2, Todd Jones 1-2
Batters Faced - Josh Johnson 23, Ron Villone 2, Guillermo Mota 7, Todd Jones 4
Game Information
Attendance - 25461
Game Time - 2:41
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Tim Tschida, First Base - Jeff Nelson, Second Base - Dan Iassogna, Third Base - Dale Scott