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Marlins fumble away four-run lead in 10th inning, fall to Braves

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ATLANTA -- When the ball scooted between the legs of left fielder Josh Willingham, the Florida Marlins could see their playoff chances rolling away, too.

Marcus Giles hit an RBI single and another runner scored on Willingham's error, capping a five-run rally in the 10th inning that lifted the Atlanta Braves over the Marlins 8-7 Sunday.

"Our worst loss of the year," Marlins manager Joe Girardi said.

After Florida scored four times in the top of the 10th for a 7-3 lead, errors by shortstop Hanley Ramirez and Willingham gave Atlanta the win.

"It's a helpless feeling. I can't describe it," Willingham said.

It was a demoralizing defeat for the young Marlins, who are four games behind San Diego in the wild-card race. Florida lost for the fourth time in five games.

With one out in the Atlanta 10th, Brian McCann doubled off Joe Borowski (3-3) and took third on a single by Jeff Francoeur. Matt Diaz followed with a two-run double and took third on a bloop single by Willy Aybar.

Pinch-hitter Brayan Pena then reached when Ramirez failed to hold onto a forceout throw, scoring Diaz to make it 7-6. Giles followed with his one-out single that got past Willingham, scoring Aybar and Pena.

"I was charging to make a strong throw at home and throw him (Aybar) out. He's the tying run," said Willingham. "I don't know. I must have taken my eye off the ball. To have the game won and lose it, it hurts pretty bad."

Borowski, who has converted 34 of 41 saves this season, wasn't saying much.

"You saw it. I'm not saying anything. I still don't know what happened," he said.

Kevin Barry (1-1) got one out for the win.

"It felt like it was a movie. "There's no way this is happening. It was like something you see in American Legion ball," Braves starter Tim Hudson said of the fateful inning.

"You just don't want to be the guy that stops the rally," said Giles. "It was unbelievable. It was like being a kid again."

Ramirez hit a two-out, two-run double and Dan Uggla followed with his 26th homer for the Marlins in the 10th.

Miguel Olivo hit a two-run homer -- his 15th -- in the eighth off reliever Tyler Yates that gave the Marlins a 3-3 tie.

Edgar Renteria put the Braves ahead 3-1 in the seventh with a two-out, two-run single with the bases loaded against Matt Herges.

Hudson pitched seven innings and allowed one run and three hits. He walked none and struck out five.

Florida scored in the third when Olivo doubled, took third on a sacrifice and hustled home on a sacrifice fly to short right field by Ramirez.

Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco went six innings and gave up one run and three hits. The only run he allowed came on Francoeur's 25th home run.

Nolasco pitched out of a first-and-third jam with no outs in the sixth. The rookie struck out Adam LaRoche, got Andruw Jones on a foul pop and retired McCann on a fly ball.

Notes

  • Uggla's home run was Florida's 167th of the season, breaking the record of 166 set in 2001.
  • RF Francoeur made a one-handed catch of Nolasco's sixth-inning foul fly while running at full tilt. Francoeur hit the wall at waist level and toppled into the stands. He was helped back onto the field and bent over for about a minute with his hands on his knees, but remained in the game. He made a running catch of Uggla's fly for the last out of the inning.
 
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Two Marlins fielding faux pas in the 10th spark the Braves to a five-run inning.  (AP)
Two Marlins fielding faux pas in the 10th spark the Braves to a five-run inning. (AP)

Players of the Game
Florida

M. Olivo
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Atlanta

J. Francoeur
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Florida Marlins
Hanley Ramirez, SS4113010 .290
Dan Uggla, 2B5122010 .294
Miguel Cabrera, 3B5020011 .340
Josh Willingham, LF4000003 .280
Mike Jacobs, 1B4000021 .259
Cody Ross, RF4220000 .253
Alfredo Amezaga, CF2000000 .267
   a- Joe Borchard, PH1000011 .225
    Reggie Abercrombie, CF0000000 .213
Miguel Olivo, C4222011 .263
Ricky Nolasco, P1000000 .184
    Matt Herges, P0000000 .000
    Renyel Pinto, P0000000 .000
   b- Wes Helms, PH1000000 .304
    Taylor Tankersley, P0000000 .000
   c- Jason Wood, PH0100100 .667
    Joe Borowski, P0000000 .000
Totals35797177 
a-struck out for Amezaga in the 8th
b-grounded out for Pinto in the 8th
c-walked for Tankersley in the 10th
Batting
2B - Hanley Ramirez (40, Paronto), Cody Ross (11, Yates), Miguel Olivo (20, Hudson)
HR - Dan Uggla (26, Paronto), Miguel Olivo (15, Yates)
SF - Hanley Ramirez (2)
SH - Reggie Abercrombie (4), Ricky Nolasco (6)
RBI - Hanley Ramirez 3 (52), Dan Uggla 2 (89), Miguel Olivo 2 (54)
2-OUT RBI - Hanley Ramirez 2 (24), Dan Uggla 2 (33)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
E - Miguel Cabrera (15, ), Hanley Ramirez (23, ), Josh Willingham (7, )
Florida Marlins
Ricky Nolasco 6311131 4.56
Matt Herges 0.2222200 4.15
Renyel Pinto 0.1000100 3.91
Taylor Tankersley 2000230 2.95
Joe Borowski (L,3-3) 0.1553000 4.04
IBB - Orr by Ricky Nolasco
Pitches-Strikes - Ricky Nolasco 93-58, Matt Herges 20-10, Renyel Pinto 8-4, Taylor Tankersley 33-18, Joe Borowski 19-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ricky Nolasco 7-9, Taylor Tankersley 2-1, Joe Borowski 2-0
Batters Faced - Ricky Nolasco 23, Matt Herges 6, Renyel Pinto 2, Taylor Tankersley 8, Joe Borowski 7
Atlanta Braves
Marcus Giles, 2B5021101 .270
Edgar Renteria, SS4012100 .295
Adam LaRoche, 1B4000114 .293
Andruw Jones, CF5000005 .256
Brian McCann, C5110002 .326
Jeff Francoeur, RF5231010 .263
Ryan Langerhans, LF2100111 .232
   a- Matt Diaz, PH-LF2112010 .332
Pete Orr, 3B2110100 .243
   b- Willy Aybar, PH-3B2110010 .262
Tim Hudson, P2000012 .086
   c- Scott Thorman, PH1000002 .237
    Tyler Yates, P0000000 .000
    Bob Wickman, P0000000 .000
   d- Martin Prado, PH0000100 .278
    Chad Paronto, P0000000 .000
    Kevin Barry, P0000000 .000
   e- Brayan Pena, PH1101000 .286
Totals4081076617 
a-struck out for Langerhans in the 8th
b-struck out for Orr in the 9th
c-lined out for Hudson in the 7th
d-walked for Wickman in the 9th
e-hit into fielder's choice for Barry in the 10th
Batting
2B - Brian McCann (29, Borowski), Jeff Francoeur (23, Nolasco), Matt Diaz (13, Borowski)
HR - Jeff Francoeur (25, Nolasco)
RBI - Marcus Giles (58), Edgar Renteria 2 (61), Jeff Francoeur (96), Matt Diaz 2 (30), Brayan Pena (5)
2-OUT RBI - Edgar Renteria 2 (20), Jeff Francoeur (50)
SB - Edgar Renteria (16, 2nd base off Nolasco/Olivo)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Giles-LaRoche
Atlanta Braves
Tim Hudson 7311050 4.83
Tyler Yates (BS,4) 1222011 4.00
Bob Wickman 1100010 2.84
Chad Paronto 0.2344101 3.35
Kevin Barry (W,1-1) 0.1000000 4.56
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Hudson 95-66, Tyler Yates 15-11, Bob Wickman 21-14, Chad Paronto 20-11, Kevin Barry 3-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Hudson 9-6, Tyler Yates 1-1, Chad Paronto 1-1
Batters Faced - Tim Hudson 23, Tyler Yates 5, Bob Wickman 4, Chad Paronto 6, Kevin Barry 1
Game Information
Attendance - 27192
Game Time - 3:27
Temperature - 82
Umpires - Home - Chris Guccione, First Base - Angel Hernandez, Second Base - Sam Holbrook, Third Base - Randy Marsh