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ATLANTA -- A strikeout worked out just fine for Florida.
The Marlins scored four runs off Tim Hudson during a strange fifth inning and went on to beat the Atlanta Braves 6-4 Monday night, benefiting from a strikeout that didn't result in an out.
After Miguel Cabrera put the Marlins ahead 4-3 with a bases-loaded sacrifice fly, Hudson appeared to be out of the jam when Jeremy Hermida swung at a nasty splitter down and in for strike three.
The ball skidded in the dirt, however, getting between the legs of catcher Brian McCann. Hermida hustled to first before McCann could retrieve the wild pitch, leaving the bases loaded again with two outs.
"I saw the ball scoot away," Hermida said. "I didn't look back. I put my head down and ran."
Aaron Boone took advantage, lining a two-run single to left that gave the Marlins some valuable breathing room.
"You take advantage of every break," Boone said. "He left a slider up. I didn't hit it all that hard, but I got enough of it."
Florida's Wes Obermueller (2-3) started on three day's rest for the first time in his career. He hung around long enough for the win, giving up eight hits and three runs in five innings.
Obermueller had gone seven innings in his last start, a no-decision at Milwaukee on Thursday.
"It was a gutty performance," said manager Fredi Gonzalez, who was forced to juggle his rotation for a doubleheader Tuesday. "He got us five innings. That was outstanding."
Florida trailed 3-2 after Braves rookie Yunel Escobar drove an opposite-field shot to right for his first career homer -- one of four hits on the night for the youngster who defected from Cuba on a rickety boat.
But Florida sent eight hitters to the plate against Hudson (6-4) in the fifth, benefiting from a couple of walks, an error by left fielder Willie Harris and Hermida reaching base after whiffing.
"It was a tough pitch. It was in the dirt," Hudson said. "Sometimes it bites harder than others. It went down pretty good."
The fifth ended with yet another odd play.
Hermida tried to make it to third on Boone's hit and Harris had to double-pump on the throw because Escobar, filling in for injured Chipper Jones, wasn't covering the bag. Shortstop Edgar Renteria headed in that direction, taking the throw on the run and making a no-look, backhanded tag on the runner before he could even slide.
It wasn't enough to save the Braves, who dropped four games behind the idle New York Mets in the NL East.
"It seemed like everything that could go wrong kind of did," Hudson said.
Kevin Gregg gave up a solo homer to Renteria with two outs in the ninth, but got McCann to fly out for his eighth save in as many chances.
Florida and Atlanta traded runs through the first three innings, the Marlins tying the game at two when right fielder Jeff Francoeur came up with Hanley Ramirez's single cleanly but bobbled the ball as he attempted to throw toward home.
Dan Uggla, who had stopped at third, raced home when he saw the ball slip from Francoeur's right hand and drop behind him for an error.
Escobar put the Braves back in front. Called up last week when Jones went on the disabled list, the 24-year-old Escobar hit a drive that just cleared the right-field wall. He kissed his fingers and pointed toward his wife, Minerva, after rounding third.
"My wife was very nervous," Escobar said with a smile. "At the hotel, she was shaking."
No need to be. Her husband went 4-for-4 with two singles and a ground-rule double in just his third big league game.
The rookie's big night was offset by another shaky outing from Hudson, who got off to a brilliant start this season but is 1-3 with a 6.66 ERA over his last four starts.
"I feel like I'm throwing the ball pretty good," he said. "This last little bit, I've had a few tough breaks."
|Players of the Game|
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|Alfredo Amezaga, CF||4||1||0||0||1||1||1||.245|
|Dan Uggla, 2B||4||2||2||1||0||1||0||.275|
|Hanley Ramirez, SS||3||1||1||0||1||1||0||.314|
|Miguel Cabrera, 3B||3||1||1||1||0||1||1||.319|
|Jeremy Hermida, RF||4||0||1||1||0||1||0||.234|
|Aaron Boone, 1B||4||0||1||2||0||1||0||.270|
|Miguel Olivo, C||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.227|
|Reggie Abercrombie, LF||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.208|
|Wes Obermueller, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.077|
|a- Joe Borchard, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.199|
|Taylor Tankersley, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Matt Lindstrom, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Armando Benitez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Todd Linden, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.174|
|Kevin Gregg, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-walked for Obermueller in the 6th|
|b-flied out for Benitez in the 9th|
|2B - Dan Uggla (24, Hudson)|
|3B - Miguel Cabrera (2, Hudson)|
|SF - Miguel Cabrera (2)|
|SH - Wes Obermueller (2)|
|RBI - Dan Uggla (36), Miguel Cabrera (40), Jeremy Hermida (12), Aaron Boone 2 (19)|
|2-OUT RBI - Aaron Boone 2 (10)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|DP - Obermueller-H. Ramirez-A. Boone, Uggla-H. Ramirez-A. Boone|
|Wes Obermueller (W,2-3)||5||8||3||3||3||5||1||5.06|
|Taylor Tankersley (H,3)||1.1||1||0||0||0||1||0||6.00|
|Matt Lindstrom (H,9)||0.2||1||0||0||0||1||0||3.75|
|Armando Benitez (H,2)||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||3.98|
|Kevin Gregg (S,8)||1||1||1||1||0||1||1||2.14|
|Pitches-Strikes - Wes Obermueller 92-58, Taylor Tankersley 11-7, Matt Lindstrom 12-8, Armando Benitez 10-6, Kevin Gregg 15-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wes Obermueller 5-4, Taylor Tankersley 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Wes Obermueller 25, Taylor Tankersley 4, Matt Lindstrom 3, Armando Benitez 4, Kevin Gregg 4|
|Kelly Johnson, 2B||5||0||0||0||0||3||3||.292|
|Willie Harris, LF||5||1||1||0||0||2||1||.386|
|Edgar Renteria, SS||5||1||1||1||0||1||1||.335|
|Brian McCann, C||5||0||3||1||0||0||0||.287|
|Andruw Jones, CF||3||0||1||0||1||0||2||.232|
|Jeff Francoeur, RF||2||0||0||0||2||0||2||.286|
|Scott Thorman, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||2||2||.219|
|Yunel Escobar, 3B||4||2||4||1||0||0||0||.500|
|Tim Hudson, P||2||0||2||1||0||0||0||.214|
|a- Chris Woodward, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.229|
|Peter Moylan, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Jarrod Saltalamacchia, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.263|
|Chad Paronto, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-flied out for Hudson in the 6th|
|b-flied out for Moylan in the 8th|
|2B - Willie Harris (6, Obermueller), Andruw Jones (16, Obermueller), Yunel Escobar (2, Benitez), Tim Hudson (2, Obermueller)|
|HR - Edgar Renteria (8, Gregg), Yunel Escobar (1, Obermueller)|
|RBI - Edgar Renteria (29), Brian McCann (27), Yunel Escobar (2), Tim Hudson (2)|
|2-OUT RBI - Edgar Renteria (12), Brian McCann (11), Tim Hudson (1)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|Outfield Assists - Willie Harris 1|
|E - Jeff Francoeur (3, Misplayed grounder), Willie Harris (1, Misplayed grounder)|
|Tim Hudson (L,6-4)||6||7||6||5||3||5||0||3.09|
|IBB - H. Ramirez by Tim Hudson|
|WP - Tim Hudson (3)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Tim Hudson 107-61, Peter Moylan 17-11, Chad Paronto 15-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Hudson 10-3, Peter Moylan 3-1|
|Batters Faced - Tim Hudson 28, Peter Moylan 6, Chad Paronto 3|
|Attendance - 22175|
|Game Time - 2:44|
|Temperature - 86|
|Umpires - Home - Greg Gibson, First Base - Larry Vanover, Second Base - Tony Randazzo, Third Base - Charlie Reliford|