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Gload's pinch-hit, walk-off HR lifts Marlins past Braves

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MIAMI -- When Florida Marlins pinch-hitter Ross Gload connected on the final pitch of the night, he sprinted out of the batter's box, even with the ball bound for the right-field seats.

"I don't hit enough homers to stand there and watch them," Gload said. "I don't even know how to stand there and watch them."

Gload finally settled into a trot after his two-run homer with one out in the bottom of the ninth gave Florida a 4-3 win over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night.

With Atlanta leading 3-2, Cody Ross walked against Rafael Soriano (1-2) to start the ninth and advanced on a sacrifice. Gload pulled a 3-1 fastball over the wall for his fourth homer this year and first walkoff homer in eight major-league seasons.

"You can't really process it," said Gload, who was greeted by a mob of teammates at the plate. "It goes too quick. You wish you could enjoy it a little longer."

Soriano blew a save for only the second time in 16 chances. He declined to answer questions from reporters.

"I've been doing this all year, like you guys have seen, and nobody has come to me," Soriano said. "Why do you guys come today?"

Atlanta manager Bobby Cox questioned the way umpire Jerry Meals called balls and strikes.

"The strike zone was so tight on balls on the knees all night long," Cox said. "Raffy could have had at least one strike on the first hitter and maybe not walked him. The count should have been 2-2 on the pinch-hitter. ... He didn't get the low strikes. It could have made a difference."

Florida played without manager Fredi Gonzalez, serving a one-game suspension after a player from each team was hit by a pitch in the Marlins-Dodgers game Sunday.

Gonzalez, who wasn't allowed in the dugout or clubhouse during the game, saw Gload's homer on TV.

"I was watching one of the monitors in the hallway in the bowels of the stadium," Gonzalez said in the clubhouse. "I came running back in here and started high-fiving guys."

Florida moved one game ahead of Atlanta, which fell to third place in the NL East.

"It was a huge game," Gload said. "Hopefully they'll all be big games until the end of the year."

Atlanta's Garret Anderson hit a go-ahead homer to lead off the top of the ninth against Leo Nunez (3-3). Chipper Jones started the sixth inning with his 13th homer for the Braves to make the score 2-all.

NL batting leader Hanley Ramirez had a two-run double for Florida but later struck out twice with a runner in scoring position. The Marlins had at least one hit in every inning but the second.

Starters Jair Jurrjens and Ricky Nolasco departed with the score 2-2. Jurrjens pitched six innings, Nolasco seven.

Atlanta took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Ryan Church led off with a walk and later scored on Martin Prado's single.

Florida scored twice in the third. Nolasco led off with a single, Emilio Bonifacio singled and both scored on Ramirez's double.

The Braves' first two batters reached in the fourth, but Nolasco pitched out of the jam. Church grounded into an inning-ending double play.

A blunder by Jeremy Hermida spoiled a scoring chance for Florida in the eighth. With one out, Hermida singled to left, but after rounding first he turned his back to the ball, strolled toward the base and was picked off by shortstop Yunel Escobar.

Another baserunning error cost the Marlins in the sixth, when Dan Uggla was thrown out trying to advance from second to third on a flyout. Gload's homer made the mistakes footnotes.

"Anytime somebody hits a walk-off homer, they pretty much erase the whole game," Uggla said. "It overshadows everything."

Notes

  • Jones has four homers in the past nine games. He's 7 for 12 (.583) with four homers this season against Nolasco.
  • Counting Tuesday's game, Florida and Atlanta meet 13 times in the final nine weeks of the season.
  • Marlins RHP Burke Badenhop began serving a three-game suspension for hitting the Dodgers' Orlando Hudson with a pitch Sunday.
  • Closer Matt Lindstrom (elbow) pitched one scoreless inning Monday for Single-A Jupiter and may rejoin the Marlins this weekend, Gonzalez said.
 
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The Marlins swarm pinch-hitter Ross Gload after he unleashes a walk-off home run.  (AP)
The Marlins swarm pinch-hitter Ross Gload after he unleashes a walk-off home run. (AP)

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Florida

R. Gload
AB 1
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Atlanta

C. Jones
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Atlanta Braves
Nate McLouth, CF3010010 .259
Martin Prado, 2B4011011 .314
Chipper Jones, 3B4111013 .289
Brian McCann, C4000023 .302
Garret Anderson, LF4121010 .295
Yunel Escobar, SS4020000 .309
Casey Kotchman, 1B4000002 .275
Ryan Church, RF3110101 .272
Jair Jurrjens, P1000010 .159
   a- Greg Norton, PH1000001 .120
    Mike Gonzalez, P0000000 .000
    Peter Moylan, P0000000 .000
    Rafael Soriano, P0000000 .000
Totals3238317  
a-grounded into a double play for Jurrjens in the 7th
Batting
HR - Chipper Jones (13, Nolasco), Garret Anderson (8, Nunez)
SH - Jair Jurrjens (4)
RBI - Martin Prado (27), Chipper Jones (49), Garret Anderson (38)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Garret Anderson 1, Ryan Church 1
DP - Church-Jones
Atlanta Braves
Jair Jurrjens 6722150 2.69
Mike Gonzalez 1100030 3.11
Peter Moylan 1100010 3.89
Rafael Soriano (BS,2; L,1-2) 0.1122101 1.91
HBP - Baker (by Mike Gonzalez)
Pitches-Strikes - Jair Jurrjens 98-65, Mike Gonzalez 22-16, Peter Moylan 16-10, Rafael Soriano 10-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jair Jurrjens 5-7, Peter Moylan 1-0, Rafael Soriano 1-0
Batters Faced - Jair Jurrjens 25, Mike Gonzalez 5, Peter Moylan 3, Rafael Soriano 3
Florida Marlins
Chris Coghlan, LF4020001 .255
Emilio Bonifacio, 3B3120012 .254
Hanley Ramirez, SS3012123 .348
Jorge Cantu, 1B4000002 .287
Jeremy Hermida, RF4010023 .249
Dan Uggla, 2B4010020 .229
Cody Ross, CF3100111 .264
John Baker, C2010000 .271
Ricky Nolasco, P2110001 .192
   a- Brett Carroll, PH1000011 .253
    Renyel Pinto, P0000000 .000
    Leo Nunez, P0000000 .000
   b- Ross Gload, PH1112000 .276
Totals31410429  
a-struck out for Nolasco in the 7th
b-homered for Nunez in the 9th
Batting
2B - Chris Coghlan (12, Jurrjens), Hanley Ramirez (29, Jurrjens), Dan Uggla (15, Jurrjens)
HR - Ross Gload (4, Soriano)
SH - Emilio Bonifacio (4), John Baker (2)
RBI - Hanley Ramirez 2 (67), Ross Gload 2 (18)
SB - Emilio Bonifacio (19, 2nd base off Jurrjens/McCann)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - H. Ramirez-Uggla-Cantu, Cantu-H. Ramirez
Florida Marlins
Ricky Nolasco 7722151 5.24
Renyel Pinto 1000020 3.03
Leo Nunez (W,3-3) 1111001 4.00
HBP - McLouth (by Renyel Pinto)
Pitches-Strikes - Ricky Nolasco 100-65, Renyel Pinto 13-8, Leo Nunez 13-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ricky Nolasco 9-5, Renyel Pinto 1-0, Leo Nunez 1-2
Batters Faced - Ricky Nolasco 27, Renyel Pinto 4, Leo Nunez 4
Game Information
Attendance - 13128
Game Time - 2:48
Temperature - 86
Umpires - Home - Jerry Meals, First Base - Bill Hohn, Second Base - Paul Emmel, Third Base - Gary Darling