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Marlins' Murphy hits winning single to beat Braves

CBSSports.com wire reports
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MIAMI -- It has been a wild week for Donnie Murphy.

Four days after hitting a game-ending homer to beat Colorado, he followed it up with a game-winning hit against Atlanta on Friday night.

"It's a crazy week, that's for sure," said Murphy, who had just three at-bats before Monday.

His single lifted the Marlins to a 7-6 victory over the Braves for their sixth win in seven games.

Jose Veras (2-0) earned the win despite squandering the lead in the ninth inning for the Marlins. Billy Wagner (5-1) took the loss, blowing his fourth save in 26 chances.

"They're scrappy, they find a good way to do it," Wagner said. "You can't give them opportunities to do it. That's exactly what I did."

It was the third walk-off victory for the Marlins in five games as they reached the .500 mark for the first time since June 4.

"I would say one walk-off is very important, if you put three together in one week - the confidence of this team is way up there," Marlins manager Edwin Rodriguez said.

Wagner loaded the bases in the ninth with one out. He struck out Dan Uggla before a passed ball by Brian McCann allowed the Marlins to tie the game with Murphy batting. Murphy drove a 2-1 pitch from Wagner into center field for the victory.

"Right away I saw it go past him instead of the home run the other day where I didn't know it was going to go far enough," Murphy said. "Right out of the box, I was pumped."

McCann homered and drove in four runs for the Braves, including an RBI single in the ninth to tie the game. Matt Diaz was hit by a pitch to give the Braves the lead.

However, McCann's passed ball proved to be costly.

"I don't know how I didn't catch that ball. The play has to be made," McCann said.

Sanchez hit a solo homer in the seventh to give the Marlins a 5-4 lead after McCann hit a three-run shot in the top of the inning to tie the game.

Uggla also homered for the Marlins and Bryan Petersen delivered a two-run pinch hit single.

"We still want to make a push at this thing," Uggla said. "I know we are still a ways back, but you never know what can happen."

Braves starter Derek Lowe allowed four runs in 5 2/3 innings.

Alex Sanabia allowed one run in 4 1/3 innings in his third start for the Marlins.

Notes

  • The game was delayed 13 minutes in the top of the ninth due to rain.
  • SS Alex Gonzalez is hitting .375 (12-of-32) since the Braves acquired him in a trade with Toronto on July 14.
  • Petersen was hitless in his last 17 at-bats prior in his pinch-hit single and just 1-for-18 on the season. It was his first hit since May 17.
  • Marlins All-Star SS Hanley Ramirez has gone 16 games without an extra base hit and Rodriguez thinks his star is suffering from fatigue. "A little bit has to be because he's tired and because he's tired, his swing is a little bit long," Rodriguez said. "His swing is a little bit slow at this point and then the home run derby at the all-star game, I think helps influence how he's swinging right now."
 
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Donnie Murphy(22) celebrates his second walk-off hit of the week with his teammates. (AP)
Donnie Murphy(22) celebrates his second walk-off hit of the week with his teammates. (AP)

Players of the Game
Florida

D. Uggla
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Atlanta

B. McCann
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
 

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Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Martin Prado, 2B5231000 .320
Jason Heyward, RF3120201 .266
Chipper Jones, 3B2200313 .253
Brian McCann, C5124014 .273
Troy Glaus, 1B4010110 .254
Eric Hinske, LF2010210 .276
    Brooks Conrad, PR0000000 .244
    Takashi Saito, P0000000 .000
   a- Matt Diaz, PH0001000 .256
    Billy Wagner, P0000000 .000
Alex Gonzalez, SS5020016 .269
Nate McLouth, CF3000003 .173
    Jesse Chavez, P0000000 .000
    Peter Moylan, P0000000 .000
   b- Omar Infante, PH-LF2000014 .327
Derek Lowe, P2000012 .129
    Melky Cabrera, CF2000001 .260
Totals35611687  
a-hit by pitch for Saito in the 9th
b-hit into fielder's choice for Moylan in the 8th
Batting
2B - Martin Prado 2 (28, Sanabia, Veras), Troy Glaus (15, Sanabia), Alex Gonzalez (28, Sanches)
HR - Martin Prado (12, Sanabia), Brian McCann (13, Tankersley)
RBI - Martin Prado (41), Brian McCann 4 (49), Matt Diaz (17)
2-OUT RBI - Brian McCann 3 (17)
CS - Jason Heyward (5, 2nd base by Sanabia/Paulino)
Team LOB - 11
Fielding
PB - Brian McCann (3)
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Derek Lowe 5.2544561 4.48
Jesse Chavez 0.1000000 5.97
Peter Moylan 1111021 2.75
Takashi Saito 1000030 3.50
Billy Wagner (BS,5; L,5-1) 0.2221210 1.73
IBB - H. Ramirez by Billy Wagner
Pitches-Strikes - Derek Lowe 114-68, Jesse Chavez 2-1, Peter Moylan 19-13, Takashi Saito 17-10, Billy Wagner 31-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Derek Lowe 5-6, Peter Moylan 1-0
Batters Faced - Derek Lowe 27, Jesse Chavez 1, Peter Moylan 4, Takashi Saito 3, Billy Wagner 6
Florida Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Chris Coghlan, LF5110013 .264
Gaby Sanchez, 1B5221001 .304
Hanley Ramirez, SS3000221 .290
Dan Uggla, 2B5222024 .273
Jorge Cantu, 3B4000011 .260
    Jose Veras, P0000000 .000
   a- Donnie Murphy, PH1011000 .333
Cody Ross, CF3110110 .275
Mike Stanton, RF4000023 .220
Ronny Paulino, C1000310 .275
Alex Sanabia, P2000023 .000
    Brian Sanches, P0000000 .000
   b- Bryan Petersen, PH1012000 .105
    Burke Badenhop, P0000000 .000
    Taylor Tankersley, P0000000 .000
    Clay Hensley, P0000000 .000
    Wes Helms, 3B0000100 .242
    Emilio Bonifacio, PR0100000 .278
Totals34786712  
a-singled for Veras in the 9th
b-singled for Sanches in the 6th
Batting
2B - Dan Uggla (18, Lowe)
HR - Gaby Sanchez (11, Moylan), Dan Uggla (17, Lowe)
RBI - Gaby Sanchez (44), Dan Uggla 2 (55), Donnie Murphy (3), Bryan Petersen 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Dan Uggla 2 (21), Donnie Murphy (3), Bryan Petersen 2 (2)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - G. Sanchez-H. Ramirez, G. Sanchez-H. Ramirez
Florida Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Alex Sanabia 4.1711331 2.11
Brian Sanches 1.2100020 2.67
Burke Badenhop (H,5) 0.2011100 5.72
Taylor Tankersley (BS,3)0122101 5.19
Clay Hensley 1.1000100 2.95
Jose Veras (BS,1; W,2-0) 1222220 4.91
HBP - Diaz (by Jose Veras)
Pitches-Strikes - Alex Sanabia 92-52, Brian Sanches 20-12, Burke Badenhop 11-5, Taylor Tankersley 13-6, Clay Hensley 19-10, Jose Veras 32-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Alex Sanabia 4-4, Brian Sanches 1-1, Burke Badenhop 1-1, Clay Hensley 3-1
Batters Faced - Alex Sanabia 21, Brian Sanches 5, Burke Badenhop 3, Taylor Tankersley 2, Clay Hensley 5, Jose Veras 8
Game Information
Attendance - 19204
Game Time - 3:40
Temperature - 84
Umpires - Home - Field Culbreth, First Base - Marty Foster, Second Base - Gary Cederstrom, Third Base - Ed Hickox