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Braves flail at pitches, fail to overcome Marlins in extras

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MIAMI -- Shuffling their rotation to line up John Smoltz to pitch against the New York Mets this weekend didn't work out too well for the Atlanta Braves.

After Smoltz fell behind early and the Braves rallied on Chipper Jones' two-run homer, Alejandro De Aza's 11th-inning sacrifice fly gave the Florida Marlins a 4-3 victory over Atlanta on Tuesday night.

"I will keep taking the ball on however many days until we either get into the playoffs or we don't," Smoltz said. "Mechanically I feel really good and physically I feel really good."

Atlanta struck out 19 times as the Marlins -- who have the worst record in the National League -- won for just the second time in 14 games.

The strikeouts matched a season high for the Braves, set July 18 in a 15-inning game against Cincinnati. These are the only times Atlanta has struck out that many times in a game since 1978, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

"Strikeouts are part of the game," said Andruw Jones, who struck out three times. "Sometimes guys are going to strike out 20 guys in a game and sometimes you won't strike out anybody. So it is just one of those things."

Atlanta remained six games back of the NL East-leading Mets. Philadelphia defeated New York 4-2 in 10 innings to close within four games of the lead.

By moving up a day to Tuesday, Smoltz is lined up to pitch against Tom Glavine on Sunday in Atlanta -- his fourth matchup this year against his former teammate. Smoltz, pitching on three days' rest for the first time since June 7 last year, allowed three runs and six hits in six innings, striking out seven and walking none. He threw 79 pitches.

"Smoltz was as good as I've ever seen him pitch," Braves manager Bobby Cox said. "It was his best pitch count all year. He pitched tremendous."

With the score 3-all, Oscar Villarreal (2-2) walked Alfredo Amezaga with one out in the 11th and Jeremy Hermida moved Amezaga to third with a double off the left-center field scoreboard. Villarreal intentionally walked Matt Treanor, loading the bases for De Aza, who flied to right on a slider by Villarreal.

"I was trying to get a ground ball or an easy fly ball," Villarreal said.

Byung-Hyun Kim (7-6) pitched a one-hit 11th for the win.

"I think the last time we got a 'W', he was a part of that also," Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

Not quite. It was two wins earlier that the Marlins defeated Kim on Aug. 14 -- when he was pitching for the Arizona Diamondabacks.

Marlins starter Rick VandenHurk struck out a career-high eight, giving up one run and five hits in five innings.

"It's always nice to strike out a lot of guys, but I was just trying to make sure to take it one pitch at a time," VandenHurk said.

Brian McCann, who hit a grand slam in Monday's game, hit a solo homer to put Atlanta ahead in the second, his fifth homer in his last nine games.

Hermida's two-run homer in the second gave the Marlins the lead, and Mike Jacobs hit a broken-bat, RBI single up the middle in the third. Hermida is hitting .364 (36-for-99) in his last 32 games.

"He's swinging the bat and swinging the bat really well," Gonzalez said.

Chipper Jones connected off Armando Benitez in the eighth on a 3-2 pitch after Kelly Johnson's leadoff walk, Jones' 22nd home run of the season.

Notes

  • Hanley Ramirez stole his 13th base of the month. He also swiped 13 bases in August 2006.
  • Jeff Francoeur struck out five times for the first time in his career.
  • Kevin Gregg nearly got hit in the head with a line drive off the bat of Mark Teixeira in the 10th inning, but ducked just in time.
  • Teixeira extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a single in the sixth inning.
  • VandenHurk struck seven on June 16 against the Kansas City Royals.
 
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Dontrelle Willis, Alfredo Amezaga and the slumping Marlins are thrilled to get back in the win column.  (AP)
Dontrelle Willis, Alfredo Amezaga and the slumping Marlins are thrilled to get back in the win column. (AP)

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R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Atlanta

C. Jones
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H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Atlanta Braves
Willie Harris, LF3000013 .295
   a- Matt Diaz, PH-LF^RF2000012 .350
Kelly Johnson, 2B4100133 .289
Chipper Jones, 3B4112130 .335
Mark Teixeira, 1B5020010 .303
Brian McCann, C5121023 .273
Jeff Francoeur, RF5000053 .294
    Oscar Villarreal, P0000000 .250
Andruw Jones, CF5020032 .224
Yunel Escobar, SS4020101 .329
John Smoltz, P1000002 .093
   b- Chris Woodward, PH0000100 .200
    Peter Moylan, P0000000 .000
   c- Scott Thorman, PH1000001 .212
    Ron Mahay, P0000000 .000
    Tyler Yates, P0000000 .000
    Pete Orr, LF0000000 .179
Totals39393419  
a-grounded into a double play for Harris in the 7th
b-walked for Smoltz in the 7th
c-flied out for Moylan in the 9th
Batting
2B - Yunel Escobar (17, VandenHurk)
HR - Chipper Jones (22, Benitez), Brian McCann (17, VandenHurk)
SH - John Smoltz (11)
RBI - Chipper Jones 2 (79), Brian McCann (82)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
E - Brian McCann (12, Throwing)
Atlanta Braves
John Smoltz 6633071 3.06
Peter Moylan 2000020 1.95
Ron Mahay 1000110 2.50
Tyler Yates 1200020 4.89
Oscar Villarreal (L,2-2) 0.2111200 4.11
IBB - Treanor by Oscar Villarreal
Pitches-Strikes - John Smoltz 79-57, Peter Moylan 20-14, Ron Mahay 14-8, Tyler Yates 22-16, Oscar Villarreal 15-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - John Smoltz 4-7, Peter Moylan 3-1, Tyler Yates 1-0
Batters Faced - John Smoltz 24, Peter Moylan 6, Ron Mahay 4, Tyler Yates 5, Oscar Villarreal 5
Florida Marlins
Hanley Ramirez, SS5020000 .332
Dan Uggla, 2B5110023 .250
    Byung-Hyun Kim, P0000000 .050
Miguel Cabrera, 3B5010013 .317
Mike Jacobs, 1B5011010 .264
Josh Willingham, LF3110112 .272
    Alfredo Amezaga, PR-LF^2B0100100 .262
Jeremy Hermida, RF5122001 .282
Matt Treanor, C4000111 .292
Alejandro De Aza, CF4001030 .243
Rick VandenHurk, P2000020 .050
    Matt Lindstrom, P0000000 .000
    Taylor Tankersley, P0000000 .000
   a- Todd Linden, PH1000010 .227
    Armando Benitez, P0000000 .000
    Kevin Gregg, P0000000 .000
   b- Jason Wood, PH1010000 .273
    Cody Ross, PR-LF0000000 .308
Totals40494312  
a-struck out for Tankersley in the 7th
b-singled for Gregg in the 10th
Batting
2B - Jeremy Hermida (22, Villarreal)
HR - Jeremy Hermida (14, Smoltz)
SF - Alejandro De Aza (2)
RBI - Mike Jacobs (36), Jeremy Hermida 2 (46), Alejandro De Aza (5)
2-OUT RBI - Mike Jacobs (16)
SB - Hanley Ramirez (42, 3rd base off Smoltz/McCann)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - H. Ramirez-Uggla-Jacobs, H. Ramirez-Amezaga-Jacobs
Florida Marlins
Rick VandenHurk 5511281 6.59
Matt Lindstrom (H,17) 1000020 3.25
Taylor Tankersley (H,12) 1000100 4.76
Armando Benitez (BS,7) 1122131 5.01
Kevin Gregg 2200050 3.04
Byung-Hyun Kim (W,7-6) 1100010 5.44
Pitches-Strikes - Rick VandenHurk 86-56, Matt Lindstrom 8-8, Taylor Tankersley 21-13, Armando Benitez 27-16, Kevin Gregg 31-20, Byung-Hyun Kim 14-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rick VandenHurk 2-5, Taylor Tankersley 2-0, Byung-Hyun Kim 1-0
Batters Faced - Rick VandenHurk 22, Matt Lindstrom 3, Taylor Tankersley 3, Armando Benitez 5, Kevin Gregg 8, Byung-Hyun Kim 3
Game Information
Attendance - 11539
Game Time - 3:12
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - Doug Eddings, First Base - Mike Everitt, Second Base - Dana DeMuth, Third Base - Kerwin Danley