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McCann breaks tie, plates five as Braves defeat Marlins

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ATLANTA -- Brian McCann wasn't expecting an intentional walk from Florida reliever Renyel Pinto.

"The guy has punched me out every time he's faced me," McCann said.

Pinto's dominance of the matchup ended when McCann hit a tiebreaking, two-run single in the eighth inning, lifting the Atlanta Braves to a 7-5 victory over the Marlins on Sunday.

McCann finished with three hits, including a three-run homer in the first, and matched his career high with five RBI.

Before driving in the go-ahead runs, McCann was 0 for 5 with four strikeouts against Pinto. He came to the plate with runners on second and third and one out.

An intentional walk to McCann would have loaded the bases, setting up a possible double play. McCann said he figured Florida manager Fredi Gonzalez was aware of his poor track record against Pinto.

"I don't see that guy good at all, so I would have done the same thing if I was managing," McCann said.

With the Marlins infield drawn in, McCann's single to right-center drove in Omar Infante and Kelly Johnson.

"He hits a bullet right through 'em," said Braves manager Bobby Cox.

The Braves won two of three against the Marlins and have won five of their last six series.

Adam LaRoche, perhaps the Braves' hottest hitter, was waiting to hit behind McCann.

"It's pick your poison," Gonzalez said. "You have to pick your spots. ... You hate putting a guy on. You never know what's going to happen. There could be another walk."

Peter Moylan (6-2) pitched a scoreless eighth and Rafael Soriano recorded the final three outs for his 20th save.

Matt Diaz had four hits, including a seventh-inning triple off Kiko Calero, to help the Braves move past Florida for second in the NL East. Rookie Reid Gorecki's sacrifice fly to right field drove in Diaz, tying the score at 5-5.

"We don't really get down. We have a mentally tough team," Diaz said. "We have a lot more confidence this year than we have in the past."

Calero (2-2) was pulled after walking Infante in the eighth. He surrendered two runs in one inning.

Ronny Paulino's three-run triple in the fourth gave Florida a 5-3 lead.

Florida pitchers issued eight walks, and Ricky Nolasco's free passes to Johnson and Chipper Jones in the first inning set up McCann's three-run homer. Infante and Johnson walked before McCann's big hit in the eighth.

"He couldn't get the outs he needed," said Gonzalez of Nolasco. "Those first two walks hurt him. And those last two hurt us bad."

Florida scored two runs in the second. Dan Uggla singled and scored on a double by Cody Ross, who moved to third when McCann missed the throw to the plate for an error. Ross scored on Paulino's double-play groundout.

The Marlins loaded the bases off Derek Lowe in the fourth. Following one-out singles by Uggla and Ross, Jeremy Hermida hit a grounder to shortstop Yunel Escobar to set up a possible double play. Johnson dropped Escobar's throw at second for an error, leaving the bases full.

Paulino followed with a three-run double to center for a 5-3 lead.

Lowe yielded nine hits and five runs, three earned, in five innings, while Nolasco gave up nine hits and four runs in 4 1/3 innings.

"It wasn't pretty," Nolasco said. "I can't remember the last time I walked two guys in a row."

Cox had a limited bench. Outfielders Garret Anderson and Ryan Church, who have sore backs, hope to return after an off day Monday. Second baseman Martin Prado (exertional headaches) missed his fifth game in a row.

Cox called on pitcher Javier Vazquez as a pinch hitter in the eighth. He struck out.

Notes

  • McCann drove in five runs for the fourth time in his career.
  • RHP Cristhian Martinez threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings. Martinez was recalled from Double-A Jacksonville to replace RHP Brendan Donnelly, who was placed on the disabled list with a right calf strain.
  • Marlins 1B Nick Johnson (sore right hamstring) missed his seventh consecutive game.
  • RHP Tim Hudson surrendered six hits and three runs in six innings in his injury rehab start for Triple-A Gwinnett against Charlotte.
  • The Braves have hit home runs in nine consecutive games.
 
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Brian McCann does some major damage at the plate, going 3 for 4 with a homer and five RBI.  (AP)
Brian McCann does some major damage at the plate, going 3 for 4 with a homer and five RBI. (AP)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

B. McCann
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 5
Florida

C. Ross
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Florida Marlins
Chris Coghlan, LF3020100 .289
Ross Gload, 1B4000012 .254
Hanley Ramirez, SS4030010 .361
Jorge Cantu, 3B4000002 .279
Dan Uggla, 2B4220010 .240
Cody Ross, CF4221010 .271
Jeremy Hermida, RF3110110 .264
Ronny Paulino, C4013011 .270
Ricky Nolasco, P2000010 .162
    Cristhian Martinez, P0000000 .000
   a- Gaby Sanchez, PH1000000 .000
    Kiko Calero, P0000000 .000
    Renyel Pinto, P0000000 .000
    Matt Lindstrom, P0000000 .000
   b- John Baker, PH1000001 .270
Totals34511427  
a-grounded out for Cr. Martinez in the 7th
b-flied out for Lindstrom in the 9th
Batting
2B - Hanley Ramirez (37, Lowe), Cody Ross (30, Lowe), Ronny Paulino (6, Lowe)
RBI - Cody Ross (67), Ronny Paulino 3 (21)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Uggla-H. Ramirez-Gload
Florida Marlins
Ricky Nolasco 4.1944341 5.31
Cristhian Martinez 1.2000220 4.50
Kiko Calero (BS,3; L,2-2) 1122110 2.15
Renyel Pinto 0.1111200 2.87
Matt Lindstrom 0.2000000 5.75
Pitches-Strikes - Ricky Nolasco 95-62, Cristhian Martinez 28-16, Kiko Calero 19-11, Renyel Pinto 18-7, Matt Lindstrom 2-2
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ricky Nolasco 3-6, Cristhian Martinez 2-1, Kiko Calero 1-1, Renyel Pinto 1-0, Matt Lindstrom 1-0
Batters Faced - Ricky Nolasco 25, Cristhian Martinez 7, Kiko Calero 5, Renyel Pinto 4, Matt Lindstrom 1
Atlanta Braves
Omar Infante, LF4111111 .325
Kelly Johnson, 2B3200222 .216
Chipper Jones, 3B2100302 .284
Brian McCann, C4135101 .287
Adam LaRoche, 1B4010113 .274
Yunel Escobar, SS5010003 .303
Matt Diaz, RF4240000 .310
Reid Gorecki, CF3001025 .200
Derek Lowe, P1010000 .190
   a- Greg Norton, PH1000003 .145
    Kris Medlen, P0000000 .000
   b- Javier Vazquez, PH1000010 .160
    Peter Moylan, P0000000 .000
    Rafael Soriano, P0000000 .000
Totals32711787  
a-grounded out for Lowe in the 5th
b-struck out for Medlen in the 7th
Batting
2B - Matt Diaz (13, Nolasco)
3B - Matt Diaz (4, Calero)
HR - Brian McCann (16, Nolasco)
SF - Reid Gorecki (1)
SH - Derek Lowe (9)
RBI - Omar Infante (18), Brian McCann 5 (67), Reid Gorecki (2)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Reid Gorecki 1
DP - Escobar-Johnson-LaRoche, Jones-Johnson-LaRoche, Escobar-LaRoche
E - Kelly Johnson (9, Missed catch of throw), Brian McCann (9, Missed catch of throw)
Atlanta Braves
Derek Lowe 5953130 4.48
Kris Medlen 2000120 4.01
Peter Moylan (W,6-2) 1100010 3.17
Rafael Soriano (S,20) 1100010 2.37
Pitches-Strikes - Derek Lowe 67-45, Kris Medlen 32-17, Peter Moylan 12-8, Rafael Soriano 17-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Derek Lowe 7-2, Kris Medlen 3-1
Batters Faced - Derek Lowe 22, Kris Medlen 7, Peter Moylan 3, Rafael Soriano 4
Game Information
Attendance - 30478
Game Time - 3:04
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Jeff Nelson, First Base - Tim Tschida, Second Base - Bob Davidson, Third Base - Scott Barry