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Braves stage stunning four-run rally in ninth to beat Marlins

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ATLANTA -- Florida closer Kevin Gregg was disgusted with himself.

"It stinks," he said. "You can't lose games like that when you're running out of time. You can't let games like that get away."

Yunel Escobar's single capped a four-run ninth inning against Gregg and gave the Atlanta Braves a 10-9 victory over the Marlins on Tuesday night.

With the bases loaded and one out, Gregor Blanco grounded into what could have been a game-ending double play. But shortstop Hanley Ramirez was unable to pull the ball from his glove as Mark Kotsay slid into second, and Jeff Francoeur scored to make it 9-all.

Escobar then singled into shallow right field against Gregg (6-7), who has eight blown saves in 37 chances.

"Part of this game is you can't assume a double play, but that's what we were looking for," Gregg said. "It was a situation I should not have put myself in. We have 30 games remaining. Anything's possible. Look at the Mets last year."

Ramirez refused to answer questions from reporters, but according to Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez, the $70 million shortstop told coach Andy Fox that he couldn't get the ball out of his glove.

"I kept expecting to see the ball go across the infield," Gonzalez said, "but it didn't."

Florida, which began the night 5½ games behind first-place New York in the NL East, overcame a 3-0 first-inning deficit and led 8-4 in the eighth. But the Marlins were done in by eight walks.

Gregg struck out Chipper Jones with the bases loaded to end the eighth, then faced eight batters in the ninth, allowing five hits and a walk. Omar Infante singled and scored on a double by Martin Prado, who came home on Francoeur's single to make it 9-8.

Kelly Johnson singled, Clint Sammons fouled out and Kotsay, the subject of trade rumors involving Boston, pinch hit and was intentionally walked to bring up Blanco.

"It was fun," said Blanco, whose team had lost 12 of 14. "We had a lot of fun today. We didn't have any pressure."

Will Ohman (4-0) got the win despite allowing a run-scoring double in the ninth to Cody Ross, who went 3-for-5 with a homer and four RBI.

Atlanta had closed to 8-6 in the eighth when Arthur Rhodes walked Blanco with the bases loaded and Joe Nelson walked Escobar with the bases loaded.

"It's a tough loss, but there are still plenty of games to play," Gonzalez said. "This late in the season, every loss is hard."

Mike Jacobs, batting .096 in his previous 11 games, hit his 26th homer, a two-run drive off Julian Tavarez that gave Florida a four-run lead in the seventh.

Braves starter Jair Jurrjens gave up six runs, six hits and two walks in a season-low three innings. Though the rookie right-hander avoided losing his third straight start, Jurrjens is 1-3 with 6.00 ERA in five starts this month.

"I didn't have my control at all today," Jurrjens said. "My changeup was just floating in the air. My arm feels good, but every pitch was up. Some calls weren't on my side, and I fell behind."

Florida starter Scott Olsen allowed four runs, five hits and three walks in 5 1/3 innings. Since July 19, the left-hander is 0-4 with a 5.27 in seven starts.

But Gregg blamed himself for failing to make the most of nine runs scored by the Marlins, who have yet to win back-to-back games in August.

"I executed every pitch to Chipper (in the eighth)," Gregg said. "I got out of that inning and came back in the ninth, and you saw what happened."

Notes

  • Jones played in his 2,000th game, most in Atlanta history. He ranks third in franchise history behind Hank Aaron (3,076) and Eddie Mathews (2,223).
  • Sammons' RBI single in the sixth ended an 0-for-17 streak.
 
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Yunel Escobar and the Braves hand the Marlins a very damaging loss on Tuesday night.  (AP)
Yunel Escobar and the Braves hand the Marlins a very damaging loss on Tuesday night. (AP)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

J. Francoeur
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Florida

C. Ross
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 4
 

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Florida Marlins
Hanley Ramirez, SS4110100 .295
Luis Gonzalez, RF4111012 .258
    Jeremy Hermida, RF1010000 .252
Jorge Cantu, 3B-1B5120011 .277
Josh Willingham, LF3200014 .263
    Joe Nelson, P0000000 .000
    Kevin Gregg, P0000000 .000
Dan Uggla, 2B4111101 .258
Mike Jacobs, 1B4122000 .238
    Matt Lindstrom, P0000000 .000
    Arthur Rhodes, P0000000 .000
    Alfredo Amezaga, CF1110000 .258
Cody Ross, CF-LF5134011 .262
John Baker, C3000212 .250
Scott Olsen, P2000103 .160
    Mark Hendrickson, P0000000 .265
    Wes Helms, 3B2000011 .245
Totals38912856  
Batting
2B - Luis Gonzalez (21, Jurrjens), Mike Jacobs (23, Nunez), Cody Ross (23, Ohman)
3B - Hanley Ramirez (4, Jurrjens)
HR - Mike Jacobs (26, Tavarez), Cody Ross (19, Jurrjens)
RBI - Luis Gonzalez (40), Dan Uggla (72), Mike Jacobs 2 (73), Cody Ross 4 (63)
2-OUT RBI - Cody Ross 3 (28)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Uggla-H. Ramirez-Cantu
Florida Marlins
Scott Olsen 5.1544330 4.19
Mark Hendrickson (H,3) 0.2100010 5.59
Matt Lindstrom 1222210 3.52
Arthur Rhodes (H,19) 0.2100100 2.28
Joe Nelson0000100 1.89
Kevin Gregg (BS,8; L,6-7) 1544110 3.26
IBB - Kotsay by Kevin Gregg
WP - Scott Olsen (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Olsen 103-65, Mark Hendrickson 17-10, Matt Lindstrom 20-9, Arthur Rhodes 13-8, Joe Nelson 5-1, Kevin Gregg 35-22
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Olsen 9-4, Matt Lindstrom 1-0, Kevin Gregg 1-1
Batters Faced - Scott Olsen 24, Mark Hendrickson 3, Matt Lindstrom 6, Arthur Rhodes 4, Joe Nelson 1, Kevin Gregg 9
Atlanta Braves
Gregor Blanco, CF5022100 .258
Yunel Escobar, SS3112301 .287
Chipper Jones, 3B5111024 .357
Omar Infante, LF5331011 .307
Martin Prado, 1B4221101 .344
Jeff Francoeur, RF4222110 .229
Kelly Johnson, 2B5120023 .265
Clint Sammons, C4011105 .206
Jair Jurrjens, P1000000 .100
    Buddy Carlyle, P0000000 .250
   a- Brandon Jones, PH1000001 .279
    Vladimir Nunez, P0000000 .000
   b- Greg Norton, PH1000002 .259
    Julian Tavarez, P0000000 .000
    Jeff Bennett, P0000000 .222
   c- Brian McCann, PH1000003 .294
    Will Ohman, P0000000 .000
   d- Mark Kotsay, PH0000100 .289
Totals3910141086  
a-hit into fielder's choice for Carlyle in the 4th
b-lined out for Nunez in the 6th
c-popped out for J. Bennett in the 8th
d-was walked intentionally for Ohman in the 9th
Batting
2B - Chipper Jones (19, Olsen), Martin Prado 2 (11, Olsen, Gregg)
RBI - Gregor Blanco 2 (31), Yunel Escobar 2 (52), Chipper Jones (64), Omar Infante (30), Martin Prado (21), Jeff Francoeur 2 (59), Clint Sammons (4)
2-OUT RBI - Gregor Blanco (12), Yunel Escobar 2 (22), Clint Sammons (1)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Escobar-Prado
Atlanta Braves
Jair Jurrjens 3666211 3.56
Buddy Carlyle 1000110 3.35
Vladimir Nunez 2100110 5.50
Julian Tavarez 1122121 5.72
Jeff Bennett 1200000 4.19
Will Ohman (W,4-0) 1211010 3.46
IBB - Baker by Vladimir Nunez
HBP - Willingham (by Jair Jurrjens), Willingham (by Jair Jurrjens)
Pitches-Strikes - Jair Jurrjens 75-45, Buddy Carlyle 14-7, Vladimir Nunez 26-15, Julian Tavarez 22-13, Jeff Bennett 17-11, Will Ohman 18-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jair Jurrjens 5-2, Vladimir Nunez 2-3, Jeff Bennett 2-1, Will Ohman 1-1
Batters Faced - Jair Jurrjens 18, Buddy Carlyle 4, Vladimir Nunez 8, Julian Tavarez 5, Jeff Bennett 5, Will Ohman 5
Game Information
Attendance - 17539
Game Time - 3:31
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Eric Cooper, First Base - Marty Foster, Second Base - Derryl Cousins, Third Base - Angel Hernandez