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Ramirez answers challenge, scores go-ahead run for Marlins

CBSSports.com wire reports
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MIAMI -- The Florida Marlins have some fight left in them after all, maybe even the kind to get back in the playoff race.

Hanley Ramirez hit a tying, pinch-hit single and scored the go-ahead run in his first game since teammate Dan Uggla publicly challenged his effort, lifting the Florida Marlins over the Atlanta Braves 8-3 Thursday night.

"He came out in the afternoon and he tested it and hit in the cages and said, 'I'm good to pinch hit,"' Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "And did he."

Ramirez emerged in the clubhouse afterward, a towel draped around his waist and wearing a yellow jersey T-shirt of former teammate and current Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera. He then headed back to the training room, and a Marlins spokesman said Ramirez would not be speaking to reporters.

Ramirez's single in the sixth off Kris Medlen (3-5) made it 3-all. The NL batting leader easily made it to second when right fielder Matt Diaz let the ball skip by him for an error, then scored on Cody Ross' double to highlight a six-run inning.

"I don't know how severe his injury was, but I know he's their guy. He can hit, and why wouldn't they want to give him a chance to get the winning run across?" Medlen said.

Ramirez had said a day earlier that he "got some people upset" for leaving Tuesday's game with a tight left hamstring. Uggla overheard him and openly argued with the All-Star shortstop in the clubhouse.

Uggla accused him of a lack of desire and effort to win and went as far as saying Ramirez didn't care because he's already secured a $70 million, six-year contract.

Gonzalez said Ramirez will be evaluated before the team's game at Washington on Friday before deciding if he will start.

The Marlins salvaged a split of the four-game series. They moved into a tie with Atlanta for third in the wild-card race, four games behind Colorado.

"It was a good series," said Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco (10-8), who gave up three runs in six innings. "We didn't get off to a good start, but at least to salvage the last two and pick this up and put some pressure on them was big."

Whether the dustup and ensuing closed-door meeting ignited the Marlins, one thing's for sure: They needed Ramirez's bat in the lineup.

His one-out single ended an 0-for-14 slump and sparked a Marlins lineup that had been struggling for most of the last week, pushing themselves out of the playoff picture.

Chris Coghlan, Nick Johnson and Jorge Cantu all followed with RBI singles in the inning. Only two runs were earned in the sixth, with Braves third baseman Chipper Jones dropping a foul ball earlier in Coghlan's at-bat to go along with Diaz's misplay.

The Braves tried to show a little fight themselves.

Atlanta manager Bobby Cox was ejected for the sixth time this season to extend his major league record to 149. This one occurred in the eighth for what appeared to be arguing balls and strikes with Atlanta's Garret Anderson at the plate.

"I think, honestly, I could umpire -- just call everything a ball except for pitches right down the middle," said Cox, who called home plate ump Jim Wolf a good umpire.

The rest of Cox's team just didn't do much.

Brian McCann hit his 18th home run of the season in the second to put Atlanta ahead 1-0. Florida tied it on a double by Cameron Maybin in the third, then Martin Prado and Jones each had RBI singles in the fifth to give the Braves a 3-1 lead.

Notes

  • Coghlan was picked for NL rookie of the month honors. He had a major league-best 47 hits in 28 games during August while batting .385.
  • Braves OF Nate McLouth (strained left hamstring) was scheduled to play with Class A Rome on Thursday night. He will likely be activated for the weekend series against Cincinnati.
  • Marlins LHP Andrew Miller, who struggled in last few starts in the majors in mid-August and was sent to the minors, will likely rejoin the sometime during its weekend series in Washington, manager Fredi Gonzalez said.
 
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Despite having his intensity questioned by Dan Uggla, Hanley Ramirez comes through in the clutch.  (AP)
Despite having his intensity questioned by Dan Uggla, Hanley Ramirez comes through in the clutch. (AP)

Players of the Game
Florida

B. Carroll
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Atlanta

B. McCann
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Atlanta Braves
Matt Diaz, RF4010131 .326
Martin Prado, 2B4021010 .302
Chipper Jones, 3B4011002 .277
Brian McCann, C4111013 .283
    Clint Sammons, C0000000 .200
Garret Anderson, LF4000014 .284
    Reid Gorecki, LF0000000 .227
Yunel Escobar, SS4000011 .305
Adam LaRoche, 1B4110010 .275
Ryan Church, CF3110000 .280
Tommy Hanson, P2000022 .069
   a- Greg Norton, PH1000001 .145
    Kris Medlen, P0000000 .000
    Eric O'Flaherty, P0000000 .000
    Buddy Carlyle, P0000000 .000
    Luis Valdez, P0000000 .000
   b- Brooks Conrad, PH1000001 .333
Totals35373110  
a-flied out for Hanson in the 6th
b-lined out for Valdez in the 9th
Batting
2B - Ryan Church (28, Nolasco)
HR - Brian McCann (18, Nolasco)
RBI - Martin Prado (41), Chipper Jones (63), Brian McCann (75)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Prado-Escobar-LaRoche
E - Matt Diaz (2, Misplayed grounder), Chipper Jones (17, Dropped fly)
Atlanta Braves
Tommy Hanson 5211450 3.07
Kris Medlen (BS,2; L,3-5) 0.1342110 4.68
Eric O'Flaherty 0.2420000 3.28
Buddy Carlyle 1311000 8.86
Luis Valdez 1100100 3.38
HBP - Carroll (by Tommy Hanson)
WP - Kris Medlen (3), Eric O'Flaherty (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Tommy Hanson 104-60, Kris Medlen 23-11, Eric O'Flaherty 24-16, Buddy Carlyle 20-12, Luis Valdez 14-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tommy Hanson 7-3, Eric O'Flaherty 1-1, Buddy Carlyle 2-0, Luis Valdez 1-2
Batters Faced - Tommy Hanson 22, Kris Medlen 5, Eric O'Flaherty 6, Buddy Carlyle 5, Luis Valdez 5
Florida Marlins
Chris Coghlan, LF5221011 .304
Cameron Maybin, CF3021101 .216
    Wes Helms, 3B1000001 .283
Nick Johnson, 1B2111201 .297
    Brian Sanches, P0000000 .000
    Renyel Pinto, P0000000 .000
   a- Brett Hayes, PH1000000 .200
    Matt Lindstrom, P0000000 .000
Jorge Cantu, 3B-1B5011005 .280
John Baker, C4120112 .276
Dan Uggla, 2B4000123 .243
Brett Carroll, RF4221002 .263
Andy Gonzalez, SS2000011 .100
   b- Hanley Ramirez, PH1011000 .356
    Emilio Bonifacio, PR-SS0100000 .252
Ricky Nolasco, P1000110 .154
   c- Cody Ross, PH-CF2122000 .268
Totals35813866  
a-flied out for Pinto in the 8th
b-singled for Gonzalez in the 6th
c-doubled for Nolasco in the 6th
Batting
2B - Chris Coghlan (20, O'Flaherty), Cameron Maybin 2 (6, Hanson, Hanson), John Baker (25, Valdez), Brett Carroll 2 (7, Medlen, Carlyle), Cody Ross (32, Medlen)
SH - Emilio Bonifacio (7)
RBI - Chris Coghlan (39), Cameron Maybin (4), Nick Johnson (51), Jorge Cantu (75), Brett Carroll (13), Hanley Ramirez (86), Cody Ross 2 (74)
2-OUT RBI - Nick Johnson (18), Jorge Cantu (34)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
DP - Bonifacio-Uggla-Cantu
E - Nick Johnson (10, Missed catch of throw), Renyel Pinto (1, Misplayed grounder)
Florida Marlins
Ricky Nolasco (W,10-8) 6733171 5.27
Brian Sanches 1000010 1.37
Renyel Pinto 1000010 3.12
Matt Lindstrom 1000010 5.14
IBB - Diaz by Ricky Nolasco
HBP - Church (by Matt Lindstrom)
Pitches-Strikes - Ricky Nolasco 102-76, Brian Sanches 10-6, Renyel Pinto 15-10, Matt Lindstrom 12-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ricky Nolasco 3-9, Renyel Pinto 2-0
Batters Faced - Ricky Nolasco 27, Brian Sanches 3, Renyel Pinto 3, Matt Lindstrom 4
Game Information
Attendance - 13711
Game Time - 3:13
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Jim Wolf, First Base - Adrian Johnson, Second Base - Gary Cederstrom, Third Base - Field Culbreth