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Braves recover to top Marlins on Infante's walf-off single in 11th

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ATLANTA -- Atlanta Braves manager Bobby Cox likes his team's chances when Omar Infante is batting in a pressure situation.

"O's good against right-handers," Cox said. "He was down two strikes. That was a tough, tough situation."

Infante's two-run single with no outs in the 11th inning helped Atlanta rally for a 4-3 victory over the Florida Marlins on Friday night, the Braves' 15th final at-bat win.

The Braves have won two straight overall and five of seven. Atlanta leads the major leagues with a 29-9 home record. Florida has dropped two straight and six of eight.

Infante's single to left-center off Marlins closer Leo Nunez (3-2) scored Brian McCann from third and Brandon Hicks, who was pinch-running for Troy Glaus, from second.

"It was a tough loss," Marlins interim manager Edwin Rodriguez said. "We had the right guy on the mound. It was a tough way to lose."

Over his last four seasons, Infante's .355 average leads the majors among qualifying batters, a span of 242 at-bats, with runners in scoring position.

"We're at the point in the season," Braves starter Kris Medlen said, "where we kind of expect this."

Braves closer Billy Wagner blew his first save in 13 chances when Gaby Sanchez's ninth homer tied it at 2-2.

"He couldn't have missed it," Wagner said. "It was a fastball down the middle."

In the 11th, pinch-hitter Wes Helms led off with a single against Jonny Venters (3-0) and advanced to third when first baseman Glaus made a throwing error after fielding Chris Coghlan's bunt attempt.

After Sanchez lined out and Hanley Ramirez was intentionally walked, Helms scored even though pinch-hitter Brian Barden struck out while trying to execute a squeeze bunt.

Helms was running home on the play and would have been tagged out, but Venters dropped the ball to give the Marlins a 3-2 lead.

"I think I just took my eye off the ball," Venters said. "I just missed it."

Clay Hensley held the Braves scoreless in the ninth and 10th.

In the seventh, Martin Prado faced two strikes and two outs when he reached out and poked an RBI single with one hand on the bat to give the Braves their first lead at 2-1.

Gregor Blanco, who walked and advanced to second on a grounder, scored from second against reliever Brian Sanches.

Florida starter Josh Johnson allowed six hits, one run and no walks with eight strikeouts. The Marlins' ace is 5-2 with a 0.89 ERA in his last 10 starts, but Florida has combined to score just 13 runs in the right-hander's last seven outings.

Johnson, who began the night tied for the majors' best ERA at 1.83, finished with his shortest outing since he pitched six scoreless innings of a 13-0 road win over the Chicago White Sox on May 23.

"J.J. pitched a hell of a game," Rodriguez said. "He deserved to win, but we have to score some runs."

After stranding a runner at third in three of the first four innings, Johnson allowed the Braves to tie at 1-1 on Gregor Blanco's triple and Prado's two-out RBI single.

Ramirez, whose 13th homer gave the Marlins a 1-0 lead in the first, led off the seventh with a single and advanced to third on a one-out single by Dan Uggla that chased Medlen.

"We have a long way to go," Ramirez said. "We're doing better every day. We do what we have to do."

Reliever Peter Moylan ended the threat on Cody Ross' double-play grounder.

Medlen, who lowered his ERA 14 points to 3.01, received no decision after allowing six hits, one run, one walk and striking out five in 6 1/3 innings. The Braves have won nine of Medlen's 10 starts.

Takashi Saito pitched scoreless eighth for Atlanta. Tim Wood pitched a scoreless eighth for the Marlins.

Wagner, whose last blown save occurred May 19 in a 5-4, ninth-inning home win over Cincinnati, didn't feel so bad after Infante's big hit.

"You're going to have those mental letdowns," Wagner said. "It's a good feeling to know you're teammates will pick you up."

Notes
  • Coghlan led off the game with a single but was thrown out at second on Sanchez's flyball. The scoring went 8-4-6-1-4.
  • Hensley, who faced four batters in the scoreless ninth, was activated from the 15-day disabled list after missing 17 games with a strained neck. To make room for Hensley on the 25-man roster, Florida outrighted RHP Scott Strickland to Triple-A New Orleans.
 
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Omar Infante (center) celebrates his big hit with Eric Hinske (20) and Martin Prado. (AP)
Omar Infante (center) celebrates his big hit with Eric Hinske (20) and Martin Prado. (AP)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

M. Prado
AB 5
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
Florida

H. Ramirez
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
 
Florida Marlins
Chris Coghlan, LF3010111 .282
Gaby Sanchez, 1B5111003 .305
Hanley Ramirez, SS4131100 .302
Jorge Cantu, 3B4000022 .264
    Clay Hensley, P0000000 .000
   a- Brian Barden, PH1000012 .179
    Leo Nunez, P0000000 .000
Dan Uggla, 2B5010032 .264
Cody Ross, CF4000011 .293
Ronny Paulino, C4010000 .305
Mike Stanton, RF4000021 .218
Josh Johnson, P2000000 .143
    Brian Sanches, P0000000 .000
   b- Mike Lamb, PH1010000 .194
    Emilio Bonifacio, PR0000000 .200
    Tim Wood, P0000000 .000
    Wes Helms, 3B1110000 .260
Totals38392210  
a-struck out for Hensley in the 11th
b-singled for Sanches in the 8th
Batting
HR - Gaby Sanchez (9, Wagner), Hanley Ramirez (13, Medlen)
SH - Chris Coghlan (3)
RBI - Gaby Sanchez (38), Hanley Ramirez (52)
2-OUT RBI - Hanley Ramirez (19)
SB - Chris Coghlan (9, 2nd base off Medlen/McCann)
CS - Wes Helms (2, Home by Venters/McCann)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - H. Ramirez-G. Sanchez
Florida Marlins
Josh Johnson 6611080 1.82
Brian Sanches 1111100 3.60
Tim Wood 1000000 4.81
Clay Hensley 2100020 2.36
Leo Nunez (BS,5; L,3-2)0222100 3.31
HBP - McCann (by Josh Johnson)
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Johnson 108-71, Brian Sanches 19-11, Tim Wood 10-6, Clay Hensley 25-16, Leo Nunez 15-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Johnson 6-3, Brian Sanches 2-1, Tim Wood 2-1, Clay Hensley 1-3
Batters Faced - Josh Johnson 24, Brian Sanches 5, Tim Wood 3, Clay Hensley 7, Leo Nunez 3
Atlanta Braves
Martin Prado, 2B5032001 .337
Melky Cabrera, RF5010023 .256
Chipper Jones, 3B5010013 .252
Brian McCann, C3100112 .257
Troy Glaus, 1B5010012 .260
    Brandon Hicks, PR0100000 .000
Eric Hinske, LF3000031 .291
    Omar Infante, LF2012010 .306
Yunel Escobar, SS4010000 .242
Gregor Blanco, CF3220101 .378
Kris Medlen, P1000011 .211
    Peter Moylan, P0000000 .000
   a- Brooks Conrad, PH1000000 .269
    Takashi Saito, P0000000 .000
    Billy Wagner, P0000000 .000
   b- Matt Diaz, PH1000001 .173
    Jonny Venters, P0000000 .000
Totals384104210  
a-grounded out for Moylan in the 7th
b-flied out for Wagner in the 9th
Batting
2B - Chipper Jones (14, Johnson), Troy Glaus (13, Nunez)
3B - Gregor Blanco (1, Johnson)
SH - Kris Medlen (2)
RBI - Martin Prado 2 (36), Omar Infante 2 (21)
2-OUT RBI - Martin Prado 2 (15)
SB - Martin Prado (4, 2nd base off Johnson/Paulino)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Gregor Blanco 1
DP - Blanco-Prado-Escobar-Medlen, Escobar-Glaus, Jones-Prado-Glaus, Escobar-Prado-Glaus
E - Troy Glaus (6, Misplayed grounder), Jonny Venters (2, Missed catch of throw)
Atlanta Braves
Kris Medlen 6.1611151 3.01
Peter Moylan 0.2000000 3.13
Takashi Saito (H,9) 1100010 3.68
Billy Wagner (BS,3) 1111011 1.39
Jonny Venters (W,3-0) 2110130 1.21
IBB - H. Ramirez by Jonny Venters
Pitches-Strikes - Kris Medlen 81-51, Peter Moylan 4-2, Takashi Saito 14-12, Billy Wagner 18-12, Jonny Venters 31-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kris Medlen 6-5, Peter Moylan 1-0, Takashi Saito 1-1, Jonny Venters 3-1
Batters Faced - Kris Medlen 23, Peter Moylan 1, Takashi Saito 4, Billy Wagner 4, Jonny Venters 9
Game Information
Attendance - 34332
Game Time - 3:20
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Chad Fairchild, First Base - Eric Cooper, Second Base - Bill Miller, Third Base - Mike Reilly