Florida at Atlanta

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Marlins 7, Braves 1

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ATLANTA -- Cameron Maybin went up to the plate ready to swing, and the Florida Marlins never let up.

They're not giving up on the playoffs, either.

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Maybin homered on the first pitch of the game, Logan Morrison followed with his first career homer and Chris Volstad pitched eight strong innings to lead the Marlins past the slumping Atlanta Braves 7-1 on Friday night.

Florida has won eight of 10 to close within 7½ games of the NL East-leading Braves, though the wild card is probably more realistic.

"We've got 35 games left," Maybin said. "I know everybody in here is thinking about it. We're playing some good baseball. We're not counting ourselves out until the season is over."

The Braves have lost four in a row, their worst slump since a nine-game skid in April. The last two defeats have been especially ugly -- Atlanta squandered a 10-1 lead at Colorado and fell 12-10, then got blown out after Florida started a game with back-to-back homers for the first time in franchise history.

Maybin ended Tommy Hanson's streak of 47 2/3 innings without giving up a homer.

"I'm always ready to hit, especially against a guy like Tommy," Maybin said. "He's got a good fastball. You've got to be ready. You don't want him to get ahead in the count."

Turns out, Florida was just getting started against Hanson (8-10), who had endured a series of tough-luck losses but got just what he deserved in this one.

Morrison was up next, and he drove a 3-2 pitch into the center-field seats. The rookie outfielder was coming off a big series in New York, where his cancer-stricken father got to see him play big league games in person for the first time, and he kept up his hot hitting without his dad in the crowd.

"I'm sure he was watching," Morrison said. "I'm sure it meant a lot to him to see me hit it -- just to see me hit it hard."

Hanson gave up two more runs in the second, including a run-scoring single by Volstad. A botched play by left fielder Eric Hinske -- he lost a routine fly ball in the lights, then made a high throw to third for an error -- led to an unearned run that made it 5-0 in the third.

The Marlins chased Hanson in the sixth, leading off with another pair of consecutive homers. Dan Uggla went the opposite way into the right-field seats for his 29th of the season and Gaby Sanchez followed with another drive to center for his 16th homer.

Atlanta manager Bobby Cox finally popped out of the dugout and made the slow walk to the mound while the crowd at Turner Field cheered sarcastically. Hanson gave up eight hits and seven runs (six earned), but those four homers were the real stunner. He had given up only eight long balls in 153 innings coming into the night.

Maybin set the tone.

"I know the guy's an aggressive hitter but at the same time, it's the first pitch of the game. And he hits it out," Hanson said. "I never really got in the groove today. I never got anything going."

Volstad (8-9) cruised with the big lead. The Braves pushed only one runner past second base until Jason Heyward homered in the eighth to break up the shutout bid. The right-hander allowed six hits, struck out three and didn't walk anyone.

"To get those two quick runs, then two more the next inning is huge," said Volstad, who is 4-1 since a stint in Triple-A. "Really, it just comes down to throwing strikes. I was getting ahead of the hitters."

Heyward's 15th homer at least snapped a miserable stretch for the Braves, who had been outscored 18-0 over their previous 13 innings going back to the Colorado debacle.

"We didn't do anything good tonight," Brian McCann said.

Notes

Maybin left in the seventh after straining his left groin on a swing. He said it's not too serious and he hopes to play Saturday. ... Hanson had dominated Florida in three previous career starts, going 3-0 with a 2.19 ERA. ... The Braves optioned LHP Mike Minor to their rookie team in the Gulf Coast League, but merely to go with an extra reliever until Minor makes his next scheduled start Tuesday against the New York Mets. RHP Craig Kimbrel was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett and pitched a scoreless eighth. ... Braves closer Billy Wagner, who had not pitched in a week, came on in the ninth despite the six-run deficit. He picked up his 1,170th career strikeout, breaking a tie with Jesse Orosco for the most by a left-handed reliever.

 
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Players of the Game
Florida

C. Volstad
IP 8.0
H 6
ER 1
BB 0
K 3
Florida

D. Uggla
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Florida Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Cameron Maybin, CF4111011 .235
   a- Mike Stanton, PH-RF1000011 .242
Logan Morrison, LF4111101 .318
Hanley Ramirez, SS5110001 .296
Dan Uggla, 2B4112020 .284
Gaby Sanchez, 1B3111110 .290
Chad Tracy, 3B4120001 .250
Emilio Bonifacio, RF-CF4120001 .257
Brad Davis, C3001013 .200
Chris Volstad, P3011021 .103
   b- Donnie Murphy, PH0000100 .286
    Brian Sanches, P0000000 .000
Totals35710738  
a-announced for Maybin in the 7th
b-walked for Volstad in the 9th
Batting
2B - Hanley Ramirez (25, Hanson), Chad Tracy (3, Hanson)
HR - Cameron Maybin (6, Hanson), Logan Morrison (1, Hanson), Dan Uggla (29, Hanson), Gaby Sanchez (16, Hanson)
SF - Brad Davis (1)
RBI - Cameron Maybin (22), Logan Morrison (10), Dan Uggla 2 (83), Gaby Sanchez (70), Brad Davis (2), Chris Volstad (2)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
E - Hanley Ramirez (16, Misplayed grounder)
Florida Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Chris Volstad (W,8-9) 8611031 4.61
Brian Sanches 1000000 2.83
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Volstad 109-72, Brian Sanches 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Volstad 11-11
Batters Faced - Chris Volstad 31, Brian Sanches 3
Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Omar Infante, 2B4000000 .342
Jason Heyward, RF4121010 .272
Martin Prado, 3B4010010 .317
Brian McCann, C4000002 .270
    David Ross, C0000000 .279
Derrek Lee, 1B4010000 .244
Eric Hinske, LF4010002 .248
Alex Gonzalez, SS4010000 .264
Rick Ankiel, CF3000012 .236
Tommy Hanson, P2000000 .120
    Cristhian Martinez, P0000000 .000
   a- Brooks Conrad, PH1000000 .248
    Craig Kimbrel, P0000000 .000
    Billy Wagner, P0000000 .000
Totals3416103  
a-flied out for Cr. Martinez in the 7th
Batting
2B - Derrek Lee (24, Volstad)
HR - Jason Heyward (15, Volstad)
RBI - Jason Heyward (58)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Infante-A. Gonzalez-Lee
E - Eric Hinske (2, Throwing)
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tommy Hanson (L,8-10) 5876034 3.76
Cristhian Martinez 2100020 3.24
Craig Kimbrel 1100120 0.96
Billy Wagner 1000210 1.65
Pitches-Strikes - Tommy Hanson 86-53, Cristhian Martinez 26-21, Craig Kimbrel 24-14, Billy Wagner 22-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tommy Hanson 6-6, Cristhian Martinez 2-2, Billy Wagner 1-0
Batters Faced - Tommy Hanson 23, Cristhian Martinez 7, Craig Kimbrel 5, Billy Wagner 4
Game Information
Attendance - 29722
Game Time - 2:31
Temperature - 84
Umpires - Home - Tim McClelland, First Base - Mike Everitt, Second Base - Andy Fletcher, Third Base - Adrian Johnson