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Marlins 6, Braves 3

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MIAMI -- Josh Johnson's bat was just as potent as his pitching.

Johnson hit a three-run homer in another solid start, lifting the Florida Marlins to a 6-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday night.

Johnson's shot with two outs in the fourth off Kenshin Kawakami (5-8) went well over the center-field wall for only the second home run of his career. The homer earned him a curtain call from fans and gave the Marlins their seventh win in the last eight games.

"I thought it was gone when I hit it, but I kept running just in case," Johnson said. "It's fun. It's fun to be a part of right now."

Johnson (10-2) allowed eight hits in six innings before the bullpen kept the Braves scoreless the rest of the way. Leo Nunez gave up a triple in the ninth to Kelly Johnson before striking out Nate McLouth for his eighth save in 11 chances.

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Casey Kotchman's home run leading off the fifth, and Garret Anderson's two-run homer in the sixth were all the Braves could squeeze out of Florida's ace.

With Johnson having a stellar season, Marlins catcher John Baker said his teammate should be mentioned as one of the top NL Cy Young Award candidates.

"I look around baseball and I say, 'If I was going to take one pitcher for my team to start the game that we had to win, right now I'd pick Josh Johnson,"' Baker said.

Atlanta has done little to slow Florida, and not even another ejection from manager Bobby Cox to extend his major-league record to 147 could spark a rally against the streaky Marlins.

Afterward, Cox said he didn't want to talk about umpires. Johnson's performance gave him enough to be upset about.

"He crushed that ball," Cox said. "The pitcher hits a three-run homer, he puts us in a hole real quick."

After getting swept by the division-leading Philadelphia Phillies in a four-game series less than two weeks ago, the Marlins' playoff hopes looked grim. A 5-1 West Coast trip against the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers and two straight over the Braves have put Florida in the thick of the wild-card chase with a cluster of teams.

"That's what I'm most proud of this team -- the way we've come back from that [Phillies series]," Johnson said.

Florida's bats are finally matching its starting pitching.

Ramirez hit an RBI triple in the third that scored Emilio Bonifacio to put the Marlins ahead 1-0. The speedy Bonifacio hustled to score from first, losing his helmet around second as Ramirez's hit trickled to the right-center field wall.

Ramirez, the NL-batting leader, added another highlight with his 16th homer of the season in the fifth. Dan Uggla hit his 18th home run of the year later in the inning to put the Marlins ahead 6-1, chasing Kawakami and giving Johnson all the cushion he needed.

Atlanta didn't go out without a few of those famous fits.

Cox was tossed in the eighth inning for arguing ball and strikes. Plate umpire Bill Hohn motioned to Atlanta's dugout trying to quiet Cox, who then came on the field to argue while Anderson was at the plate.

Hohn and Cox traded verbal barbs for about a minute before the Braves manager was ejected, throwing his hands in the air and marching to the clubhouse. His players were just as bothered with the latest loss.

"We have to win [Thursday]," Braves catcher Brian McCann said. "That's the only positive you can take out of tonight."

Notes

Marlins closer Matt Lindstrom (elbow) pitched one hitless inning Wednesday for Double-A Jacksonville. He will pitch there again Thursday and may rejoin the Marlins this weekend, manager Fredi Gonzalez said. ... Gonzalez returned from a one-game suspension that was handed out after a player from each team was hit by a pitch in the Marlins-Dodgers game Sunday.

 
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Players of the Game
Florida

J. Johnson
IP 6.0
H 8
ER 3
BB 1
K 1
Atlanta

G. Anderson
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Atlanta Braves
Nate McLouth, CF5010011 .259
Martin Prado, 2B4010001 .313
Chipper Jones, 3B3010101 .289
Brian McCann, C4100003 .298
    David Ross, C0000000 .283
Garret Anderson, LF4132000 .302
Yunel Escobar, SS4000002 .305
Casey Kotchman, 1B4121001 .278
Ryan Church, RF3010101 .272
Kenshin Kawakami, P1000012 .107
    Kris Medlen, P0000000 .000
   a- Matt Diaz, PH1000000 .301
    Manny Acosta, P0000000 .000
    Boone Logan, P0000000 .000
   b- Kelly Johnson, PH1010000 .229
Totals34310322  
a-grounded out for Medlen in the 7th
b-tripled for Logan in the 9th
Batting
2B - Garret Anderson 2 (18, Johnson, Meyer)
3B - Kelly Johnson (3, Nunez)
HR - Garret Anderson (9, Johnson), Casey Kotchman (6, Johnson)
SH - Kenshin Kawakami (3)
RBI - Garret Anderson 2 (40), Casey Kotchman (39)
Team LOB - 7
Atlanta Braves
Kenshin Kawakami (L,5-8) 4.2766343 4.37
Kris Medlen 1.1000110 4.93
Manny Acosta 1.1000200 3.65
Boone Logan 0.2100010 2.00
Pitches-Strikes - Kenshin Kawakami 89-48, Kris Medlen 14-8, Manny Acosta 25-12, Boone Logan 8-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kenshin Kawakami 4-6, Kris Medlen 2-1, Manny Acosta 1-2, Boone Logan 1-0
Batters Faced - Kenshin Kawakami 24, Kris Medlen 5, Manny Acosta 5, Boone Logan 3
Florida Marlins
Chris Coghlan, LF4020101 .259
Emilio Bonifacio, 3B4100003 .251
Hanley Ramirez, SS4122000 .349
Jorge Cantu, 1B2000201 .285
Jeremy Hermida, RF3010100 .249
    Brett Carroll, RF0000000 .253
Dan Uggla, 2B3211113 .230
Cody Ross, CF3100111 .262
John Baker, C4010024 .270
Josh Johnson, P2113010 .150
   a- Gaby Sanchez, PH1000000 .000
    Renyel Pinto, P0000000 .000
    Dan Meyer, P0000000 .000
    Brendan Donnelly, P0000000 .000
   b- Wes Helms, PH1000011 .262
    Leo Nunez, P0000000 .000
Totals3168666  
a-grounded out for Johnson in the 6th
b-struck out for Donnelly in the 8th
Batting
3B - Hanley Ramirez (1, Kawakami)
HR - Hanley Ramirez (16, Kawakami), Dan Uggla (18, Kawakami), Josh Johnson (2, Kawakami)
RBI - Hanley Ramirez 2 (69), Dan Uggla (53), Josh Johnson 3 (8)
2-OUT RBI - Hanley Ramirez (32), Dan Uggla (23), Josh Johnson 3 (7)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Uggla-H. Ramirez-Cantu, Uggla-H. Ramirez-Cantu
Florida Marlins
Josh Johnson (W,10-2) 6833112 2.87
Renyel Pinto (H,6) 1000000 2.95
Dan Meyer (H,14) 0.2100100 2.09
Brendan Donnelly (H,4) 0.1000000 0.00
Leo Nunez (S,8) 1100010 3.91
IBB - Church by Josh Johnson
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Johnson 104-60, Renyel Pinto 11-8, Dan Meyer 15-6, Brendan Donnelly 1-1, Leo Nunez 12-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Johnson 8-8, Renyel Pinto 2-1, Dan Meyer 1-0, Brendan Donnelly 1-0, Leo Nunez 2-0
Batters Faced - Josh Johnson 26, Renyel Pinto 3, Dan Meyer 3, Brendan Donnelly 1, Leo Nunez 4
Game Information
Attendance - 13518
Game Time - 2:48
Temperature - 74
Umpires - Home - Bill Hohn, First Base - Paul Emmel, Second Base - Gary Darling, Third Base - Jerry Meals