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Braves relievers combine for shutout innings to beat Marlins

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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."

Florida's Cody Ross doubled and homered to drive in five runs, all off starter Mark Redman.

The Braves scored four runs in the first and four in the ninth. Brian McCann put Atlanta ahead to stay in the sixth with a sacrifice fly off Matt Lindstrom (0-1), making the score 7-6.

Pinch-hitter Pete Orr singled home two runs in the ninth, and Kelly Johnson and Edgar Renteria followed with RBI singles.

"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."

Florida managed only one hit over the final 5 1/3 innings against Moylan, Tyler Yates, Rafael Soriano and Wickman. The Braves' bullpen improved to 6-0.

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.

Notes

  • RHP Nate Field will be selected by the Marlins from Triple-A Albuquerque on Wednesday, and RHP Logan Kensing will be transferred to the 60-day disabled list.
  • Francoeur had an RBI hit in six consecutive at-bats before he flied out with two on to end the fourth.
  • Florida SS Hanley Ramirez doubled in the first to extend his hitting streak to 11 games, matching his career high.
  • Ross is batting .571 (8-for-14) against left-handers.
 
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Cody Ross homers and doubles to drive in five runs for the Marlins in a losing effort. (AP)
Cody Ross homers and doubles to drive in five runs for the Marlins in a losing effort. (AP)

Players of the Game
Florida

C. Ross
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 5
Atlanta

J. Francoeur
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Atlanta Braves
Kelly Johnson, 2B3311310 .294
Edgar Renteria, SS5021111 .309
Chipper Jones, 3B6010028 .308
Andruw Jones, CF4111124 .243
Brian McCann, C2112200 .338
Jeff Francoeur, RF5232014 .299
Scott Thorman, 1B5132003 .256
Ryan Langerhans, LF4100112 .056
Mark Redman, P1100100 .000
    Peter Moylan, P1000010 .000
   a- Matt Diaz, PH1000000 .217
    Tyler Yates, P0000000 .000
    Rafael Soriano, P0000000 .000
   b- Pete Orr, PH1112000 .286
    Bob Wickman, P0000000 .000
Totals3811131199  
a-grounded out for Moylan in the 7th
b-singled for Soriano in the 9th
Batting
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
Fielding
DP - Johnson-Renteria
Atlanta Braves
Mark Redman 3766121 10.13
Peter Moylan (W,1-0) 3100130 3.86
Tyler Yates (H,2) 1000010 4.82
Rafael Soriano (H,4) 1000020 5.79
Bob Wickman 1100010 0.00
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
Florida Marlins
Hanley Ramirez, SS5130011 .388
Dan Uggla, 2B5000003 .253
Miguel Cabrera, 3B4121010 .317
Josh Willingham, LF4110002 .274
Aaron Boone, 1B3210020 .342
Cody Ross, CF4125000 .333
Miguel Olivo, C4000011 .214
Joe Borchard, RF2000210 .209
Rick Vanden Hurk, P0000000 .333
    Lee Gardner, P2000022 .000
    Matt Lindstrom, P0000000 .000
   a- Eric Reed, PH1000011 .000
    Renyel Pinto, P0000000 .000
    Randy Messenger, P0000000 .000
   b- Alfredo Amezaga, PH1000000 .204
Totals3569629  
a-struck out for Lindstrom in the 6th
b-flied out for Messenger in the 9th
Batting
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
Fielding
DP - Uggla-H. Ramirez-A. Boone
Florida Marlins
Rick Vanden Hurk 1466420 12.75
Lee Gardner 4300220 2.57
Matt Lindstrom (L,0-1) 1111220 2.89
Renyel Pinto 2000010 1.38
Randy Messenger 1544120 3.00
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
Game Information
Attendance - 11507
Game Time - 3:09
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Chad Fairchild, First Base - Marty Foster, Second Base - Tim McClelland, Third Base - Field Culbreth