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Marlins pull off another ninth-inning rally, beat Braves

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MIAMI -- John Baker knew he needed to come through, if the Florida Marlins were going to start September with a much-needed win.

Jorge Cantu homered and Baker hit a bases-loaded sacrifice fly to drive in the winning run in the ninth, helping the Marlins beat the Braves 4-3 on Monday.

Baker's fly ball to shallow left drove in Dan Uggla, who beat left fielder Brandon Jones' throw to the plate. It was the 11th walk-off win this season for the Marlins. They avoided falling to .500 for the first time since April 6, when they were 3-3.

"With one out, it's the one chance we have to score without a base hit," Baker said. "I'm looking for anything out over the plate in those situations and both pitches were close to me. You can't get behind in the count and can be a little bit more aggressive with one out."

The Braves have lost four straight and 17 of their last 21 games to fall 20 games under .500 for the first time since 1990. It was the 29th consecutive one-run loss on the road since August 10, 2007 for the Braves, a major league record.

The Marlins loaded the bases in the ninth off closer Mike Gonzalez (0-1). Uggla led off with a walk then went to second on a sacrifice bunt. Gonzalez intentionally walked Cody Ross, then walked Wes Helms to fill the bases, setting the stage for Baker.

Gonzalez couldn't seem to find the strike zone.

"I just wasn't throwing strikes," Gonzalez said. "It gets harder when you know they're not swinging and looking for a walk. The strike zone just becomes so much smaller. I beat myself in this situation. When you lose for walking three guys, that's where it hurts."

Matt Lindstrom (3-2) pitched the ninth for the Marlins and got the win.

Florida remained seven games behind New York in the NL East after the Mets rallied to beat the Brewers. Meanwhile, the Marlins haven't won two games in a row since the end of July.

"Let's have a little better September than we had August," said Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez, who acknowledged they were aggressive in sending Uggla on the fly by Baker.

"He was going no matter who caught it. We were going to make them throw him out."

Atlanta had runners on the corners in the ninth, but Martin Prado popped out to end the inning.

"I'm pretty much disgusted with losing," Gonzalez said. "That's the worst thing in the world right now is to go out there and be losing like this."

The Marlins took a 2-0 lead on Cantu's home run off Hampton in the first. His shot over the left field scoreboard scored Hanley Ramirez, who walked to lead off the inning.

The Braves made it 2-1 in the second when Brandon Jones singled to drive in Yunel Escobar, who led off the inning with a single.

Paul Lo Duca and Luis Gonzalez hit back-to-back doubles to give the Marlins a 3-1 advantage in the third.

The Braves scored twice in the fifth to tie the game at 3. Brandon Jones doubled to lead off, then Hampton singled Jones to third. Jones scored on Josh Anderson's single. One out later, Chipper Jones drove in Hampton on a bouncer up the middle.

Florida starter Josh Johnson pitched six innings, allowing three runs and nine hits while striking out eight, tying his career high.

"This win is a big lift," Johnson said. "Everybody's got smiles on their faces and that's what we want right now."

Braves starting pitcher Mike Hampton tossed six innings. He gave up three runs and six hits.

Notes

  • Florida will recall INF Robert Andino, INF Dallas McPherson and RHP Eulogio De La Cruz on Tuesday.
  • The Marlins activated LHP Andrew Miller (15-day) and OF Brett Carroll (60-day) from the disabled list. Miller struck out the side in the seventh inning.
  • C Mike Rabelo was transferred to the 60-day DL.
  • Hampton's 106 pitches today was the most since April 22, 2005 vs. Philadelphia (118).
  • The Braves activated INF Ruben Gotay from the 15-day DL.
 
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Dan Uggla slides home safely in the bottom of the ninth, sending the Marlins home with a victory.  (AP)
Dan Uggla slides home safely in the bottom of the ninth, sending the Marlins home with a victory. (AP)

Players of the Game
Florida

J. Cantu
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Atlanta

J. Anderson
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Atlanta Braves
Josh Anderson, CF5031022 .326
Martin Prado, 1B5000024 .338
Chipper Jones, 3B4011011 .358
Brian McCann, C4000022 .295
Yunel Escobar, SS4110002 .282
Kelly Johnson, 2B4010010 .263
Jeff Francoeur, RF4020022 .232
Brandon Jones, LF3121011 .270
Mike Hampton, P2110001 .250
    Jeff Bennett, P0000000 .222
   a- Greg Norton, PH1000001 .262
    Mike Gonzalez, P0000000 .000
Totals363113011  
a-popped out for J. Bennett in the 9th
Batting
2B - Brandon Jones (7, Johnson)
SH - Brandon Jones (2), Mike Hampton (2)
RBI - Josh Anderson (3), Chipper Jones (67), Brandon Jones (6)
SB - Josh Anderson (4, 2nd base off Johnson/Lo Duca), Chipper Jones (3, 2nd base off Johnson/Lo Duca)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Johnson-Escobar-Prado
Atlanta Braves
Mike Hampton 6633321 5.67
Jeff Bennett 2000010 4.04
Mike Gonzalez (L,0-1) 0.2011300 3.68
IBB - Ross by Mike Gonzalez
Pitches-Strikes - Mike Hampton 106-62, Jeff Bennett 22-13, Mike Gonzalez 17-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Hampton 7-7, Jeff Bennett 4-1, Mike Gonzalez 1-1
Batters Faced - Mike Hampton 25, Jeff Bennett 6, Mike Gonzalez 5
Florida Marlins
Hanley Ramirez, SS3100102 .295
Paul Lo Duca, C4120011 .242
    Alfredo Amezaga, CF0000000 .255
Luis Gonzalez, RF4011002 .267
    Matt Lindstrom, P0000000 .000
Jorge Cantu, 1B4112001 .277
Dan Uggla, 2B2100211 .259
Josh Willingham, LF2000102 .255
Cody Ross, CF-RF3010101 .260
Wes Helms, 3B3010100 .245
Josh Johnson, P2000012 .182
    Andrew Miller, P0000000 .067
   a- Mike Jacobs, PH1000000 .241
    Arthur Rhodes, P0000000 .000
    John Baker, C0001000 .267
Totals2846463  
a-grounded out for Miller in the 7th
Batting
2B - Paul Lo Duca (9, Hampton), Luis Gonzalez (25, Hampton)
HR - Jorge Cantu (23, Hampton)
SF - John Baker (2)
SH - Josh Willingham (1)
RBI - Luis Gonzalez (43), Jorge Cantu 2 (74), John Baker (21)
2-OUT RBI - Jorge Cantu 2 (32)
CS - Dan Uggla (4, 2nd base by Hampton/McCann)
Team LOB - 6
Florida Marlins
Josh Johnson 6933080 3.25
Andrew Miller 1000030 5.58
Arthur Rhodes 1000000 2.15
Matt Lindstrom (W,3-2) 1200000 3.38
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Johnson 108-73, Andrew Miller 13-10, Arthur Rhodes 10-5, Matt Lindstrom 17-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Johnson 5-5, Matt Lindstrom 1-2
Batters Faced - Josh Johnson 27, Andrew Miller 3, Arthur Rhodes 3, Matt Lindstrom 5
Game Information
Attendance - 12209
Game Time - 2:44
Temperature - 90
Umpires - Home - Chad Fairchild, First Base - Sam Holbrook, Second Base - Mark Wegner, Third Base - Jeff Kellogg