|Atlanta (60-79) «||1||0||5||4||0||4||0||0||2||16||21||3|
Pinch-hitter Ruben Gotay had an RBI double in the ninth inning and the Braves spoiled a seven-run Marlins rally to beat Florida 16-14 on Tuesday night.
"We were mad after we lost the lead," Gotay said. "It's not easy to sit there and watch your team lose the lead and wait on the bench for one at-bat. I was just happy I could do my part and keep the hitting going."
Kelly Johnson had four hits and four RBI, and Omar Infante had four hits and two RBI for the Braves, who had a season high in runs. Atlanta, which snapped a four-game losing streak, scored 14 runs against the Reds on May 4.
Alfredo Amezega had a career-high five RBI for the Marlins, who have not won consecutive games since July 30-31. The Marlins are eight games behind first-place New York in the NL East.
"We were ready to swing the bats -- them and us," Amezega said. "They were luckier than us."
No lead was safe in the game that featured 30 runs, 36 hits and 14 pitchers.
"If you're going to play one of those, it's best to come out on top," Braves manager Bobby Cox said. "We couldn't stop them one inning. Luckily, they couldn't stop us either."
Florida came back from a 10-3 deficit to take a 13-10 lead, and had it held, it would have been by far the biggest comeback win this season for Florida. The Marlins had rallied from three-run deficits five times this season.
"Anytime you see 30 runs put up on the board something's fishy," Lindstrom said. "Things like that don't happen very often."
Mike Gonzalez pitched a perfect ninth for his eighth save in as many chances.
Mike Jacobs hit his 28th homer in a three-run first as the Marlins took a 3-1 lead.
Jeff Francoeur's three-run homer in the third put the Braves ahead 6-3. It was the 11th of the season for Francoeur.
The Braves hit three doubles in the fourth off reliever Mark Hendrickson, part of a four-run inning that stretched the lead to 10-3.
Amezega had a bases-clearing triple, and Dan Uggla hit a two-run homer to cap a six-run Marlins fourth that made it 10-9. The home run was Uggla's 29th.
Florida tied the game 10-all on an RBI pinch hit by Paul Lo Duca, and John Baker scored on a wild pitch by reliever Blaine Boyer in the fifth to put the Marlins ahead 11-10. Amezega's two-run single later in the inning gave Florida a 13-10 lead.
Baker hit an RBI single in the eighth off Jorge Julio (1-0) to tie the game at 14. It was the first appearance of the year for Julio, who was called up earlier Tuesday from Triple-A Richmond.
Florida starter Anibal Sanchez was roughed up in his second straight outing, both against Atlanta. He lasted three innings, giving up six runs and eight hits.
Braves starter Charlie Morton went 3 1/3 innings and left the game with a 10-7 lead.
|Kelly Johnson has his sweet swing working. He goes 4-for-5 with four RBI and two runs. (US Presswire)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Josh Anderson, CF||6||2||2||1||0||1||1||.327|
|Martin Prado, 1B||5||2||3||1||1||1||1||.346|
|Yunel Escobar, SS||4||1||2||0||1||0||2||.283|
|Brian McCann, C||3||2||2||0||0||0||1||.298|
|Clint Sammons, C||2||0||0||0||0||0||3||.179|
|a- Ruben Gotay, PH||1||1||1||1||0||0||0||.233|
|Corky Miller, C||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.093|
|Omar Infante, 3B||6||3||4||2||0||1||0||.317|
|Kelly Johnson, 2B||5||2||4||4||1||0||0||.269|
|Jeff Francoeur, RF||5||2||1||3||0||1||4||.231|
|Brandon Jones, LF||4||1||1||2||1||0||0||.269|
|Jorge Julio, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Casey Kotchman, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.266|
|Mike Gonzalez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Charlie Morton, P||3||0||0||0||0||2||2||.059|
|Buddy Carlyle, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.250|
|Jeff Ridgway, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Blaine Boyer, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Greg Norton, PH||1||0||1||2||0||0||0||.266|
|Will Ohman, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Julian Tavarez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|d- Gregor Blanco, PH-LF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.254|
|a-doubled for Sammons in the 9th|
|b-struck out for Julio in the 9th|
|c-doubled for Boyer in the 6th|
|d-popped out for Tavarez in the 8th|
|2B - Josh Anderson (2, Hendrickson), Ruben Gotay (5, Lindstrom), Omar Infante (21, Hendrickson), Kelly Johnson 2 (32, Sanchez, Hendrickson), Greg Norton (12, Nelson)|
|HR - Josh Anderson (1, Sanchez), Jeff Francoeur (11, Sanchez)|
|SH - Yunel Escobar (7)|
|RBI - Josh Anderson (4), Martin Prado (27), Ruben Gotay (7), Omar Infante 2 (34), Kelly Johnson 4 (54), Jeff Francoeur 3 (62), Brandon Jones 2 (8), Greg Norton 2 (31)|
|SB - Josh Anderson (5, 3rd base off Hendrickson/Baker), Martin Prado (2, 3rd base off Sanchez/Baker), Brian McCann (5, 2nd base off Sanchez/Baker)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|PB - Clint Sammons (3)|
|E - Josh Anderson (1, Throwing), Omar Infante 2 (10, Throwing)|
|Jeff Ridgway (H,1)||0||1||1||1||0||0||0||6.23|
|Blaine Boyer (BS,4)||1||2||2||2||1||3||0||5.30|
|Will Ohman (H,17)||0.1||2||0||0||1||0||0||3.38|
|Julian Tavarez (H,3)||1.2||0||0||0||0||2||0||5.15|
|Jorge Julio (BS,1; W,1-0)||1||2||1||1||2||2||0||5.79|
|Mike Gonzalez (S,8)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.52|
|IBB - H. Ramirez by Blaine Boyer|
|WP - Blaine Boyer (2), Jorge Julio (4)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Charlie Morton 78-42, Buddy Carlyle 19-11, Jeff Ridgway 5-2, Blaine Boyer 29-15, Will Ohman 9-4, Julian Tavarez 25-15, Jorge Julio 27-16, Mike Gonzalez 9-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Charlie Morton 6-4, Julian Tavarez 1-2, Mike Gonzalez 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Charlie Morton 20, Buddy Carlyle 5, Jeff Ridgway 1, Blaine Boyer 6, Will Ohman 4, Julian Tavarez 5, Jorge Julio 7, Mike Gonzalez 3|
|Hanley Ramirez, SS||2||3||0||0||4||0||3||.294|
|Alfredo Amezaga, CF||6||1||2||5||0||1||8||.257|
|Jorge Cantu, 3B-1B||5||0||0||1||0||2||7||.274|
|Mike Jacobs, 1B||4||2||2||2||0||2||1||.244|
|Joe Nelson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Jeremy Hermida, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.249|
|Arthur Rhodes, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Matt Lindstrom, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Robert Andino, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.210|
|Dan Uggla, 2B||6||2||1||2||0||1||1||.258|
|Luis Gonzalez, LF||3||0||1||1||2||1||0||.267|
|Brett Carroll, PR-LF||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||.059|
|Cody Ross, RF||5||2||3||0||0||1||2||.264|
|John Baker, C||5||1||4||1||0||0||1||.288|
|Anibal Sanchez, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Mark Hendrickson, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.265|
|c- Dallas McPherson, PH||0||1||0||0||1||0||0||.000|
|Doug Waechter, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.167|
|d- Paul Lo Duca, PH||1||1||1||1||0||0||0||.247|
|Logan Kensing, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Wes Helms, 3B||2||0||1||0||0||1||2||.247|
|a-struck out for Nelson in the 7th|
|b-grounded out for Lindstrom in the 9th|
|c-walked for Hendrickson in the 4th|
|d-singled for Waechter in the 5th|
|2B - Luis Gonzalez (26, Morton), Cody Ross 2 (26, Morton, Carlyle), John Baker (7, Morton)|
|3B - Alfredo Amezaga (3, Morton)|
|HR - Mike Jacobs (28, Morton), Dan Uggla (29, Carlyle)|
|SF - Jorge Cantu (7)|
|RBI - Alfredo Amezaga 5 (21), Jorge Cantu (75), Mike Jacobs 2 (78), Dan Uggla 2 (77), Luis Gonzalez (44), John Baker (22), Paul Lo Duca (15)|
|2-OUT RBI - Mike Jacobs 2 (42), Dan Uggla 2 (31), Luis Gonzalez (14)|
|SB - Hanley Ramirez 2 (31, 2nd base off Morton/McCann, 3rd base off Morton/McCann)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|Outfield Assists - Alfredo Amezaga 1|
|Matt Lindstrom (L,3-3)||1||3||2||2||1||1||0||3.67|
|IBB - B. Jones by Mark Hendrickson, Escobar by Joe Nelson|
|HBP - Francoeur (by Logan Kensing)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Anibal Sanchez 64-43, Mark Hendrickson 28-16, Doug Waechter 11-8, Logan Kensing 10-6, Joe Nelson 23-14, Arthur Rhodes 11-9, Matt Lindstrom 25-16|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Anibal Sanchez 3-2, Mark Hendrickson 1-2, Joe Nelson 1-3, Arthur Rhodes 1-2, Matt Lindstrom 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Anibal Sanchez 18, Mark Hendrickson 9, Doug Waechter 4, Logan Kensing 4, Joe Nelson 8, Arthur Rhodes 3, Matt Lindstrom 7|
|Attendance - 14092|
|Game Time - 3:44|
|Temperature - 84|
|Umpires - Home - Sam Holbrook, First Base - Mark Wegner, Second Base - Jeff Kellogg, Third Base - Chad Fairchild|