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Braves 4, Marlins 3

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ATLANTA -- Since he won the first of nine straight Gold Gloves in 1998, Andruw Jones has made spectacular plays seem routine.

The Braves' center fielder was at it again on Tuesday night, diving hard to his left to catch a line drive in the eighth inning with the potential tying run on base, a play that kept Atlanta's slim playoff hopes alive.

"The game was on the line right there," Jones said. "You let that go by, it's probably going to be a double or maybe a triple. It was one of those do-or-die catches."

Atlanta scored all its runs on two-out singles and the Braves used seven pitchers to beat the Florida Marlins 4-3 on Tuesday night.

It was the Braves' third straight win and fourth in five games. Despite trimming four games off New York's lead in the NL East over the last five days, Atlanta is still in third place in the division, 5½ games behind the Mets with 11 games remaining.

The Marlins cut the lead to 4-3 in the seventh on Miguel Cabrera's two-run single.

Jones, running to his left, made the diving catch of Hanley Ramirez's liner for the third out of the eighth. The catch stranded Cody Ross, who easily would have scored from second.

"The funny thing is, it's the most unbelievable catch you'll see all night, one of the top plays," Braves left fielder Matt Diaz said. "But the whole time he was going for it, I fully expected it. Sadly, we take it for granted. We are spoiled."

Rafael Soriano pitched the ninth for his seventh save in 10 chances as the Marlins lost their third straight.

Jeff Francoeur, Edgar Renteria, Yunel Escobar and Brian McCann had the run-scoring singles for the Braves. Francoeur's came in the first, Renteria's in the second and Escobar's in the fourth. McCann's single in the fifth gave the Braves a 4-1 lead and chased rookie Chris Seddon (0-1).

"I was seeing the ball too good, and I got a bloop single," McCann said. "I stayed on a slider, and he left it at the belt for me."

Making his second career start and facing Atlanta for the first time, Seddon allowed nine hits, four runs - three earned - with one walk and one strikeout in 4 2/3 innings.

Logan Kensing, who relieved Seddon, escaped a bases-loaded jam in the sixth, striking out Mark Teixeira and getting Francoeur to ground out.

Manny Acosta, the third of four Atlanta relievers to pitch in the seventh, gave up Cabrera's hit, leaving after he walked Josh Willingham to load the bases with two outs.

Atlanta manager Bobby Cox brought in Ron Mahay, who needed just two pitches to retire Mike Jacobs on a groundout and escape the jam.

"We hit some balls really hard," Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "But they're allowed to catch the ball, and that's what they did."

Tyler Yates began the seventh and recorded both outs, but he was charged with both runs.

Rookie Jo-Jo Reyes (1-2) earned his first career victory after allowing three hits, one run and three walks in five innings. The left-hander struck out seven.

After watching Diaz chase down Dan Uggla's bases-loaded sacrifice fly against the wall in the third, Reyes was grateful for the breezy, humid conditions that kept some balls in the park.

"I'm thankful for the air tonight," Reyes said. "It was real thick, so the guys were able to make those catches."

Peter Moylan pitched a scoreless sixth thanks to a 6-4-3 double play that stranded Cabrera at third.

Notes

Gonzalez announced that Daniel Barone will start Wednesday instead of Dontrelle Willis. The Marlins want Willis to face the Mets in Miami on Thursday. ... McCann became the fourth Atlanta regular to get 90 RBI with the Braves, joining Francoeur (101), Chipper Jones (93) and Andruw Jones (91). Teixeira has 92 RBI, 45 with Texas. ... Atlanta improved to 59-32 against the Marlins at Turner Field. ... Batting for the first time since July 4, 2004, Mahay popped out to end the seventh.

 
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Players of the Game
Atlanta

Y. Escobar
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
Florida

M. Cabrera
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Florida Marlins
Hanley Ramirez, SS4110101 .333
Dan Uggla, 2B4011012 .242
Jeremy Hermida, RF5010023 .286
Miguel Cabrera, 3B4022100 .321
Josh Willingham, LF3000121 .266
Mike Jacobs, 1B4020013 .276
Cody Ross, CF3110103 .338
Miguel Olivo, C3000123 .236
Chris Seddon, P2000012 .000
    Logan Kensing, P0000000 .000
   a- Alfredo Amezaga, PH1110000 .266
    Justin Miller, P0000000 .000
   b- Jason Wood, PH1000000 .248
    Taylor Tankersley, P0000000 .000
Totals3439359  
a-singled for Kensing in the 7th
b-grounded out for Miller in the 8th
Batting
2B - Dan Uggla (44, Reyes)
SF - Dan Uggla (10)
RBI - Dan Uggla (82), Miguel Cabrera 2 (106)
2-OUT RBI - Miguel Cabrera 2 (37)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Cabrera-Uggla-Jacobs
E - Hanley Ramirez (22, Missed catch of throw)
Florida Marlins
Chris Seddon (L,0-1) 4.2943110 8.44
Logan Kensing 1.1100220 1.08
Justin Miller 1100010 3.32
Taylor Tankersley 1100010 4.23
IBB - Jones by Logan Kensing
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Seddon 84-51, Logan Kensing 26-12, Justin Miller 22-14, Taylor Tankersley 13-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Seddon 8-6, Logan Kensing 2-0, Taylor Tankersley 1-0
Batters Faced - Chris Seddon 25, Logan Kensing 7, Justin Miller 4, Taylor Tankersley 3
Atlanta Braves
Yunel Escobar, 2B5131011 .331
Edgar Renteria, SS4021002 .335
Chipper Jones, 3B3100214 .337
Mark Teixeira, 1B4020013 .311
Jeff Francoeur, RF4011005 .295
Andruw Jones, CF4000004 .220
Brian McCann, C4021010 .273
Matt Diaz, LF4220013 .337
Jo-Jo Reyes, P2000001 .200
    Peter Moylan, P0000000 .000
   a- Pete Orr, PH0000100 .183
    Tyler Yates, P0000000 .000
    Royce Ring, P0000000 .000
    Manny Acosta, P0000000 .000
    Ron Mahay, P1000001 .000
    Rafael Soriano, P0000000 .000
Totals35412435  
a-walked for Moylan in the 6th
Batting
SH - Edgar Renteria (2)
RBI - Yunel Escobar (28), Edgar Renteria (54), Jeff Francoeur (101), Brian McCann (90)
2-OUT RBI - Yunel Escobar (9), Edgar Renteria (23), Jeff Francoeur (43), Brian McCann (39)
SB - Matt Diaz (4, 2nd base off Seddon/Olivo)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Renteria-Escobar-Teixeira
E - Yunel Escobar (11, Throwing)
Atlanta Braves
Jo-Jo Reyes (W,1-2) 5311370 6.98
Peter Moylan (H,7) 1200000 1.79
Tyler Yates (H,12) 0.2122110 5.20
Royce Ring0100000 2.95
Manny Acosta0100100 2.60
Ron Mahay (H,5) 1.1100010 2.70
Rafael Soriano (S,7) 1000000 3.09
Pitches-Strikes - Jo-Jo Reyes 100-55, Peter Moylan 9-5, Tyler Yates 17-9, Royce Ring 3-2, Manny Acosta 14-7, Ron Mahay 15-10, Rafael Soriano 9-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jo-Jo Reyes 4-4, Peter Moylan 2-0, Ron Mahay 2-1, Rafael Soriano 1-2
Batters Faced - Jo-Jo Reyes 21, Peter Moylan 4, Tyler Yates 4, Royce Ring 1, Manny Acosta 2, Ron Mahay 5, Rafael Soriano 3
Game Information
Attendance - 22076
Game Time - 3:10
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Adam Dowdy, First Base - Dan Iassogna, Second Base - Dale Scott, Third Base - Ron Kulpa