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MIAMI -- Their work done for the night, half a dozen Atlanta Braves gathered around a clubhouse TV late Tuesday to watch the New York Mets' extra-inning game at Shea Stadium.
It's only April, but the Braves are already mindful of the NL East race -- and holding their own. They scored all of their runs with two outs to beat the Florida Marlins 11-6.
"That's what we're going to have to do to win," said Jeff Francoeur, who had three hits and drove in two runs.
Atlanta remained one-half game behind the division-leading Mets, who beat Colorado 2-1 in 12 innings.
Four Atlanta relievers combined to pitch six shutout innings, including three by Peter Moylan (1-0), who earned his first major league win. Bob Wickman finished with a one-hit ninth and has yet to allow a run in 9 2/3 innings.
"The pen has been excellent all year long," manager Bobby Cox said. "We're going through too many pitchers right now, so I've got to piece the game together and still try to win."
"It was a slugfest," McCann said. "Whoever got the last punch was going to win."
Francoeur drove home runs with a double and a single, giving him 18 two-out RBI this season. He's 9-for-22 on the Braves' trip.
"He's getting big-time hits in big-time situations," McCann said. "We're going to ride it as much as we can."
The Braves were 10-for-19 with two out.
"That's nothing you teach," Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "That's a pretty good lineup."
Redman failed to hold leads of 4-0 and 6-4. He allowed seven hits and six runs in three innings, hiking his ERA to 10.13 in four starts.
"He's got to get inside a little bit more, in my opinion," Cox said. "I still have confidence in him that he can start making his pitches."
Marlins rookie starter Rick Vanden Hurk gave up six runs in one-plus inning and was optioned after the game to Double-A Carolina. His ERA rose to 12.75 in four appearances.
"You can only get stronger from this," said Vanden Hurk, 21. "I want to win. To go out and have a showing like this, I'm not happy, obviously."
Vanden Hurk was within a strike of escaping the first without allowing a run, but he then gave up four consecutive hits and four runs. Andruw Jones' RBI single came on a two-out, 3-2 pitch. Francoeur doubled home a run on a 2-2 pitch. Scott Thorman followed with a two-run single on a 1-2 pitch.
Vanden Hurk left after walking the bases loaded in the second. Lee Gardner walked in a run, and Francoeur followed with an RBI single.
Florida made it 4-all after one inning. Miguel Cabrera singled home a run, and with two out, Ross hit a three-run homer, his third.
"I turned to (umpire) Tim McClelland and said, 'This could be 36-36 after nine innings,"' Francoeur said.
|Cody Ross homers and doubles to drive in five runs for the Marlins in a losing effort. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Kelly Johnson, 2B||3||3||1||1||3||1||0||.294|
|Edgar Renteria, SS||5||0||2||1||1||1||1||.309|
|Chipper Jones, 3B||6||0||1||0||0||2||8||.308|
|Andruw Jones, CF||4||1||1||1||1||2||4||.243|
|Brian McCann, C||2||1||1||2||2||0||0||.338|
|Jeff Francoeur, RF||5||2||3||2||0||1||4||.299|
|Scott Thorman, 1B||5||1||3||2||0||0||3||.256|
|Ryan Langerhans, LF||4||1||0||0||1||1||2||.056|
|Mark Redman, P||1||1||0||0||1||0||0||.000|
|Peter Moylan, P||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.000|
|a- Matt Diaz, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.217|
|Tyler Yates, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Rafael Soriano, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Pete Orr, PH||1||1||1||2||0||0||0||.286|
|Bob Wickman, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-grounded out for Moylan in the 7th|
|b-singled for Soriano in the 9th|
|2B - Chipper Jones (5, Gardner), Jeff Francoeur (6, Vanden Hurk)|
|SF - Brian McCann (1)|
|RBI - Kelly Johnson (12), Edgar Renteria (13), Andruw Jones (12), Brian McCann 2 (13), Jeff Francoeur 2 (24), Scott Thorman 2 (7), Pete Orr 2 (2)|
|2-OUT RBI - Kelly Johnson (8), Edgar Renteria (8), Andruw Jones (5), Brian McCann (5), Jeff Francoeur 2 (18), Scott Thorman 2 (5), Pete Orr 2 (2)|
|SB - Scott Thorman (1, 2nd base off Vanden Hurk/Olivo)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|DP - Johnson-Renteria|
|Peter Moylan (W,1-0)||3||1||0||0||1||3||0||3.86|
|Tyler Yates (H,2)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||4.82|
|Rafael Soriano (H,4)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||5.79|
|IBB - Borchard by Mark Redman|
|HBP - A. Boone (by Mark Redman)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Mark Redman 43-23, Peter Moylan 44-27, Tyler Yates 9-6, Rafael Soriano 13-11, Bob Wickman 17-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Redman 2-5, Peter Moylan 4-1, Tyler Yates 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Mark Redman 18, Peter Moylan 10, Tyler Yates 3, Rafael Soriano 3, Bob Wickman 4|
|Hanley Ramirez, SS||5||1||3||0||0||1||1||.388|
|Dan Uggla, 2B||5||0||0||0||0||0||3||.253|
|Miguel Cabrera, 3B||4||1||2||1||0||1||0||.317|
|Josh Willingham, LF||4||1||1||0||0||0||2||.274|
|Aaron Boone, 1B||3||2||1||0||0||2||0||.342|
|Cody Ross, CF||4||1||2||5||0||0||0||.333|
|Miguel Olivo, C||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.214|
|Joe Borchard, RF||2||0||0||0||2||1||0||.209|
|Rick Vanden Hurk, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.333|
|Lee Gardner, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||2||.000|
|Matt Lindstrom, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Eric Reed, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.000|
|Renyel Pinto, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Randy Messenger, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Alfredo Amezaga, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.204|
|a-struck out for Lindstrom in the 6th|
|b-flied out for Messenger in the 9th|
|2B - Hanley Ramirez (5, Redman), Cody Ross (5, Redman)|
|HR - Cody Ross (3, Redman)|
|RBI - Miguel Cabrera (15), Cody Ross 5 (12)|
|2-OUT RBI - Cody Ross 3 (5)|
|SB - Joe Borchard (1, 2nd base off Moylan/McCann)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|DP - Uggla-H. Ramirez-A. Boone|
|Rick Vanden Hurk||1||4||6||6||4||2||0||12.75|
|Matt Lindstrom (L,0-1)||1||1||1||1||2||2||0||2.89|
|IBB - McCann by Lee Gardner, Langerhans by Randy Messenger|
|Pitches-Strikes - Rick Vanden Hurk 19-7, Lee Gardner 52-32, Matt Lindstrom 27-14, Renyel Pinto 20-15, Randy Messenger 32-17|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rick Vanden Hurk 1-0, Lee Gardner 4-5, Renyel Pinto 2-3|
|Batters Faced - Rick Vanden Hurk 11, Lee Gardner 16, Matt Lindstrom 6, Renyel Pinto 6, Randy Messenger 9|
|Attendance - 11507|
|Game Time - 3:09|
|Temperature - 79|
|Umpires - Home - Chad Fairchild, First Base - Marty Foster, Second Base - Tim McClelland, Third Base - Field Culbreth|