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Conrad's second pinch-hit grand slam of the year put the Braves ahead in an eight-run eighth inning, and they rallied past hapless Florida 10-5 Saturday night.
Six of the runs were unearned because of two errors by third baseman Jorge Cantu.
"Like they say in baseball, after the errors come the base hits," said Atlanta's Alex Gonzalez, who reached on one of Cantu's misplays. "Against this team, you can't make a mistake. Somebody is going to pay. That's what happened tonight."
Conrad homered on Badenhop's sinker down the middle with one out to put the Braves ahead 9-5.
"Stuff like that you can't really expect," Conrad said. "It's just going up there and trying to get a ball off the ground. I got a great pitch to hit and put a pretty good swing on it."
It was his fifth homer, and his third as a pinch-hitter. He hit a pinch-hit, game-ending slam to cap a seven-run ninth inning against Cincinnati on May 20.
Eight runs in an inning were a season high for Atlanta, and the most allowed by Florida.
"It was awesome. It was great. It was huge," Conrad said. "It's the perseverance we have this year. No matter what the situation or how we're playing, we're always going to play hard until the end. We showed that tonight."
But even by the standards of the NL East-leading Braves, the comeback was a rarity. They improved to 4-33 when trailing after seven innings.
"That's a game we should have won, and we gave it away," Tankersley said.
Cantu declined to talk with reporters.
The collapse came with Florida on the verge of winning for the seventh time in eight games. When the inning ended, the Marlins drew jeers from the crowd of 30,245, their largest at home since May 1.
"We've stolen three or four games on this homestand so far, and it just so happens they stole one from us," Uggla said. "That's baseball."
Manager Edwin Rodriguez was lucky not to have to watch from the dugout. He was ejected for the first time in his career in the fifth inning.
The Braves trailed 5-2 when Heyward led off the eighth with a single. Chipper Jones reached on a throwing error by Cantu, and Tankersley hit Brian McCann with a 71-mph curve to load the bases. Marinez (1-1) came on to walk Troy Glaus and force in a run, then gave up a tying two-run single to Eric Hinske.
Catcher Ronny Paulino fielded a bunt by Gonzalez and threw to third for a forceout, but Cantu's foot missed the base, and the bases were loaded again. To make matters worse, Gonzalez fell leaving the batter's box and would have been an easy out at first, but neither his teammates nor the Marlins saw the stumble.
"I went back to the dugout -- 'Hey, did you see that?' Nobody saw it," Gonzalez said. "I was laying on the grass. I get up and made it to first."
Following a forceout at the plate, Conrad homered. The Braves added their final run on an RBI groundout by Jones.
|Brooks Conrad hits his second pinch-hit grand slam as part of an eight-run eighth inning. (US Presswire)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Martin Prado, 2B||5||2||2||1||0||0||0||.321|
|Jason Heyward, RF||3||2||3||0||2||0||0||.273|
|Chipper Jones, 3B||5||1||1||1||0||1||1||.252|
|Jonny Venters, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brian McCann, C||3||0||1||1||0||1||2||.274|
|Matt Diaz, PR-LF||1||1||0||0||0||0||1||.254|
|Troy Glaus, 1B||3||0||0||1||1||1||2||.252|
|David Ross, C||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.260|
|Eric Hinske, LF-1B||5||1||1||2||0||1||0||.274|
|Alex Gonzalez, SS||4||1||1||0||1||0||0||.269|
|Nate McLouth, CF||4||1||0||0||0||1||5||.169|
|Kris Medlen, P||2||0||0||0||0||2||2||.167|
|a- Melky Cabrera, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.259|
|Jesse Chavez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Brooks Conrad, PH-3B||1||1||1||4||0||0||0||.253|
|a-lined out for Medlen in the 7th|
|b-homered for J. Chavez in the 8th|
|2B - Alex Gonzalez (29, Sanchez)|
|HR - Martin Prado (13, Sanchez), Brooks Conrad (5, Badenhop)|
|RBI - Martin Prado (42), Chipper Jones (38), Brian McCann (50), Troy Glaus (61), Eric Hinske 2 (38), Brooks Conrad 4 (20)|
|2-OUT RBI - Brian McCann (18)|
|SB - Jason Heyward (7, 2nd base off Sanchez/Paulino)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - A. Gonzalez-Prado-Glaus|
|Jesse Chavez (W,2-1)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||5.80|
|HBP - Coghlan (by Kris Medlen)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Kris Medlen 97-61, Jesse Chavez 18-14, Jonny Venters 40-21|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kris Medlen 5-4, Jesse Chavez 1-1, Jonny Venters 2-2|
|Batters Faced - Kris Medlen 27, Jesse Chavez 3, Jonny Venters 10|
|Chris Coghlan, LF||4||2||2||0||0||1||0||.266|
|Gaby Sanchez, 1B||5||1||2||1||0||2||2||.305|
|Hanley Ramirez, SS||5||0||2||0||0||2||3||.291|
|Dan Uggla, 2B||5||1||2||3||0||0||4||.275|
|Jorge Cantu, 3B||4||0||1||0||0||1||2||.260|
|Cody Ross, CF||3||0||0||0||1||2||1||.273|
|Mike Stanton, RF||4||1||1||1||0||1||3||.221|
|Ronny Paulino, C||4||0||1||0||0||1||0||.274|
|Anibal Sanchez, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.172|
|a- Bryan Petersen, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.100|
|Brian Sanches, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Taylor Tankersley, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jhan Marinez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Burke Badenhop, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Wes Helms, PH||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.242|
|a-fouled out for Sanchez in the 6th|
|b-walked for Badenhop in the 9th|
|2B - Gaby Sanchez (24, Medlen)|
|HR - Dan Uggla (18, Medlen), Mike Stanton (7, Medlen)|
|RBI - Gaby Sanchez (45), Dan Uggla 3 (58), Mike Stanton (24)|
|2-OUT RBI - Dan Uggla 2 (23), Mike Stanton (13)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Uggla-H. Ramirez-G. Sanchez|
|E - Jorge Cantu 2 (14, Throwing)|
|Brian Sanches (H,9)||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||2.60|
|Jhan Marinez (BS,2; L,1-1)||0||1||2||1||1||0||0||6.75|
|HBP - McCann (by Taylor Tankersley)|
|WP - Anibal Sanchez (3)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Anibal Sanchez 100-58, Brian Sanches 13-10, Taylor Tankersley 15-9, Jhan Marinez 10-5, Burke Badenhop 21-12|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Anibal Sanchez 6-4, Brian Sanches 1-2, Taylor Tankersley 1-0, Burke Badenhop 4-3|
|Batters Faced - Anibal Sanchez 25, Brian Sanches 3, Taylor Tankersley 3, Jhan Marinez 2, Burke Badenhop 10|
|Attendance - 30245|
|Game Time - 3:01|
|Temperature - 86|
|Umpires - Home - Marty Foster, First Base - Gary Cederstrom, Second Base - Ed Hickox, Third Base - Field Culbreth|