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Marlins 11, Braves 4

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ATLANTA -- Dontrelle Willis is pretty good most of the time. In April, the Florida left-hander is nearly perfect.

Willis pitched seven strong innings and the Marlins pounded out 12 hits to beat the Atlanta Braves 11-4 Friday night.

It was also the first game and win for Florida manager Fredi Gonzalez against the Braves, where he was the third-base coach the previous four seasons.

"I didn't relax one bit until it was over," said Gonzalez, who smiled but didn't say much about the meaning of the win.

"I told him congrats," said Willis, who moved closer to a record held by Babe Ruth.

Willis (3-0) is 12-1 with a .923 winning percentage in April. That's the second-best career percentage in April to the 13-1, .929 of Ruth, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Willis never thought about the record because he had no idea of it.

"Not at all. No disrespect to him (Ruth), but I didn't know about it," said Willis, who was well aware of his April handiwork.

"Yeah. It's one of those weird things in baseball. I wish I could pitch like I do in April for six months," he said.

Willis' only loss in 18 April starts was last season, a 3-1 setback at Chicago. The 25-year-old will try to match Ruth's record next week -- probably Wednesday -- at the New York Mets.

Hanley Ramirez had two hits and scored three runs for the Marlins, who had lost two straight. Cody Ross, Dan Uggla, Miguel Olivo and Joe Borchard drove in two runs apiece.

Willis allowed three earned runs and eight hits. He struck out five and walked one over 107 pitches.

Florida jumped on Atlanta starter Mark Redman (0-2) for five runs in the first inning. Olivo drove in two with a bases-loaded single. Ross followed with a two-run double and scored on a sacrifice fly from Aaron Boone.

"With Dontrelle on the mound, you're digging yourself a hole you don't want to be in," Atlanta's Chipper Jones said. "You know that you've got to score six right out of the gate. It's a full task."

The Marlins added two more in the third on Borchard's two-run single, ending the night for Redman, who allowed six hits and seven earned runs in 2 2/3 innings.

Jones hit a two-run homer off Willis in the third as Atlanta lost its second in a row. Andruw Jones scored on Willis' balk in the sixth.

"I'm shocked that it went out. He jammed me. It's a shame it couldn't have come on a happier night," Chipper Jones said of his second home run of the season.

Atlanta's Chad Paronto left with a strained muscle in the seventh inning, limping off the mound after throwing a third strike past Ross. Manager Bobby Cox said Paronto would likely go on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday.

The Marlins added two unearned runs in the eighth when right-fielder Jeff Francoeur dropped Borchard's fly ball. Miguel Cabrera had a RBI single and Josh Willingham added a run-scoring groundout.

Notes

Redman's ERA soared from 7.94 to 12.96 in two starts. He has allowed 12 runs in 8 1/3 innings. In his first start, an 11-1 loss to the Mets, Redman pitched 5 2/3 innings, giving up nine hits and five earned runs. ... Willis improved to 5-4 against the Braves, beating them for the third consecutive time and has a career 61-39 record. ... Matt Diaz, who started in left field for Atlanta, moved to first base in the eighth, his first time ever at that position.

 
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Florida

C. Ross
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
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H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Florida Marlins
Hanley Ramirez, SS4320110 .345
Dan Uggla, 2B3122100 .282
Miguel Cabrera, 3B3121200 .429
Josh Willingham, LF5111015 .282
Miguel Olivo, C5112011 .219
Cody Ross, CF5222020 .261
Aaron Boone, 1B3001120 .375
Joe Borchard, RF4222010 .241
Dontrelle Willis, P2000002 .000
   a- Jason Wood, PH1000011 .200
    Kevin Gregg, P0000000 .000
    Taylor Tankersley, P0000000 .000
Totals3511121159  
a-struck out for Willis in the 8th
Batting
2B - Dan Uggla 2 (5, Villarreal, Paronto), Cody Ross (3, Redman)
SF - Aaron Boone (2)
SH - Dontrelle Willis (3)
RBI - Dan Uggla 2 (5), Miguel Cabrera (13), Josh Willingham (9), Miguel Olivo 2 (5), Cody Ross 2 (4), Aaron Boone (2), Joe Borchard 2 (5)
2-OUT RBI - Joe Borchard 2 (4)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - H. Ramirez-Uggla-A. Boone
Florida Marlins
Dontrelle Willis (W,3-0) 7833151 3.32
Kevin Gregg 1000020 1.42
Taylor Tankersley 1111001 9.00
HBP - Francoeur (by Kevin Gregg)
Pitches-Strikes - Dontrelle Willis 105-66, Kevin Gregg 14-9, Taylor Tankersley 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dontrelle Willis 9-6
Batters Faced - Dontrelle Willis 29, Kevin Gregg 4, Taylor Tankersley 4
Atlanta Braves
Kelly Johnson, 2B5010000 .167
Edgar Renteria, SS2110110 .342
    Chad Paronto, P0000000 .000
    Scott Thorman, 1B1000001 .150
    Tyler Yates, P0000000 .000
Chipper Jones, 3B4112012 .289
    Pete Orr, 3B0000000 .250
Andruw Jones, CF4110010 .189
Jeff Francoeur, RF3010000 .289
Matt Diaz, LF-1B4010022 .350
Craig Wilson, 1B3010010 .118
    Macay McBride, P0000000 .000
    Ryan Langerhans, LF1000000 .105
Brayan Pena, C4111002 .167
Mark Redman, P0000000 .000
    Oscar Villarreal, P1000010 .000
   a- Chris Woodward, PH-SS3010000 .200
Totals3549317  
a-grounded out for Villarreal in the 5th
Batting
2B - Edgar Renteria (2, Willis)
HR - Chipper Jones (2, Willis), Brayan Pena (1, Tankersley)
RBI - Chipper Jones 2 (4), Brayan Pena (1)
2-OUT RBI - Chipper Jones 2 (2)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Matt Diaz 1
DP - Woodward-Johnson-C. Wilson, Woodward-Johnson-Diaz-B. Pena
E - Jeff Francoeur (1, Dropped fly)
Atlanta Braves
Mark Redman (L,0-2) 2.2677220 12.96
Oscar Villarreal 2.1200040 1.59
Chad Paronto 1.2322110 3.60
Macay McBride 0.2120210 6.00
Tyler Yates 1.2000010 4.50
IBB - Cabrera by Chad Paronto
HBP - Uggla (by Mark Redman)
WP - Mark Redman (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Redman 68-40, Oscar Villarreal 33-22, Chad Paronto 27-15, Macay McBride 28-15, Tyler Yates 13-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Redman 2-4, Oscar Villarreal 1-1, Chad Paronto 2-1, Tyler Yates 2-1
Batters Faced - Mark Redman 17, Oscar Villarreal 8, Chad Paronto 8, Macay McBride 6, Tyler Yates 4
Game Information
Attendance - 33212
Game Time - 2:52
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Gerry Davis, First Base - Paul Nauert, Second Base - Marvin Hudson, Third Base - Tom Hallion