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Braves eke out 11-inning win, regain wild-card lead

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ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Braves are back home where they have the best record in the majors. Now they need to start hitting.

Omar Infante singled home the winning run with two outs in the 11th inning and the Atlanta Braves kept up their push for the NL wild-card spot, beating the Florida Marlins 2-1 Monday night.

The Braves took a half-game lead over San Diego for the wild card. The Padres lost 1-0 to the Chicago Cubs.

Philadelphia's 8-0 win earlier in the evening eliminated Atlanta in the NL East.

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The Braves had lost five of their previous six games, scoring a total of nine runs in that span. They barely scored enough to win this time at Turner Field, where they have the best home record in the majors at 53-23.

"We played a good game, but obviously we'd like to swing the bats a little better," said Brian McCann, who had a solo home run for Atlanta's other run.

"Tonight our pitching staff stepped up. They were awesome," he said.

Nate McLouth opened the 11th with a walk and moved up on a sacrifice by Alex Gonzalez. Rick Ankiel walked and both runners moved up on a wild pitch. Pinch-hitter Freddie Freeman struck out before Infante hit a 3-2 pitch from Jose Veras (3-3) down the left-field line.

"It's 3-and-2. I'm just trying to make contact. I know he throws a good slider and a good fastball. "So I look for both. He threw the slider," Infante said.

"He's done that all year. It was a great at-bat," McCann said.

"It doesn't shock me. He's led the league in hitting nearly all year," Atlanta manager Bobby Cox said of Infante, who is hitting .327 but needs 19 plate appearances to reach the required 502 at-bats to qualify for a batting title.

"He was the right guy," Cox said.

"We didn't want to walk him," Florida manager Edwin Rodriguez said. "that was a great at-bat for him."

Mike Dunn (2-0) picked up the win getting the final out in the 11th after Peter Moylan got the first two.

The Braves had a chance to win it in the ninth, but Jason Heyward bounced out weakly to pitcher Brian Sanches with the bases loaded and two outs.

The Marlins tied it at 1 on a double in the seventh by Brad Davis that scored Michael Stanton, who had singled and stolen second off Braves starter Tommy Hanson.

Hanson allowed five hits, no walks, and struck out three in 7 2/3 innings. He had pitched 15 scoreless innings before Florida's run.

The Braves led 1-0 on a solo home run by McCann in the fourth inning off Alex Sanabia. It was his 21st.

Sanabia pitched seven innings and gave up five hits, didn't walk a batter and struck out five in the game delayed 1 hour, 6 minutes by rain.

Notes

  • Atlanta RHP Jair Jurrjens, out since his last start on Sept. 14 with a right knee injury, took some anti-inflammatory medication before the game. If that doesn't work, he'll have another MRI exam. He is likely to miss the rest of the regular season.
  • Braves 3B Martin Prado sustained a left hip pointer while swinging at a pitch in the fifth inning and left the game. He was listed day to day, but Cox said Prado would definitely be out a while.
  • The Braves will start Tim Hudson on Tuesday night and Derek Lowe on Wednesday, both on three days' rest.
  • Florida SS Hanley Ramirez did not start for the sixth straight game because of a sore left elbow. He said Monday night his right elbow hurts, too. He pinch-ran in the eighth.
 
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Players of the Game
Atlanta

O. Infante
AB 5
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Florida

B. Davis
AB 3
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Florida Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Scott Cousins, CF3010000 .300
   a- Cameron Maybin, PH-CF2000011 .230
Emilio Bonifacio, SS5010021 .278
Logan Morrison, LF5000011 .286
Dan Uggla, 2B4000011 .284
Gaby Sanchez, 1B4000020 .278
Chad Tracy, 3B4010000 .241
    Hector Luna, PR-3B0000000 .154
Mike Stanton, RF4120001 .248
Brad Davis, C3011011 .228
    Hanley Ramirez, PR0000000 .300
    Chris Hatcher, C0000100 .000
Alex Sanabia, P2000000 .045
   b- Wes Helms, PH1000001 .221
    Leo Nunez, P0000000 .000
    Brian Sanches, P0000000 .000
   c- Ozzie Martinez, PH1000012 .292
    Jose Veras, P0000000 .000
Totals3816119  
a-struck out for Cousins in the 8th
b-lined out for Sanabia in the 8th
c-struck out for Sanches in the 10th
Batting
2B - Chad Tracy (8, Moylan), Brad Davis (6, Hanson)
RBI - Brad Davis (16)
SB - Emilio Bonifacio (10, 2nd base off Hanson/McCann), Mike Stanton (5, 2nd base off Hanson/McCann)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
E - Gaby Sanchez (10, Misplayed grounder(McCann reaches on fielding error by G Sanchez Prado advance), Dan Uggla (18, Missed catch of throw(McCann reaches on fielding error by G Sanchez Prado adva)
Florida Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Alex Sanabia 7511051 3.73
Leo Nunez 1100120 3.61
Brian Sanches 1100200 2.24
Jose Veras (L,3-3) 1.2111220 3.28
IBB - McCann by Leo Nunez
WP - Jose Veras (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Alex Sanabia 100-64, Leo Nunez 24-12, Brian Sanches 20-10, Jose Veras 37-19
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Alex Sanabia 7-10, Brian Sanches 3-0, Jose Veras 2-1
Batters Faced - Alex Sanabia 27, Leo Nunez 5, Brian Sanches 6, Jose Veras 8
Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Omar Infante, 2B5021100 .327
Jason Heyward, RF5010023 .279
Martin Prado, 3B3010002 .307
    Brooks Conrad, 3B2010000 .239
Brian McCann, C4111110 .274
Derrek Lee, 1B5000034 .255
Nate McLouth, LF4110110 .189
Alex Gonzalez, SS4000001 .256
Rick Ankiel, CF3000200 .232
Tommy Hanson, P3000010 .098
    Jonny Venters, P0000000 .000
    Billy Wagner, P0000000 .000
   a- Eric Hinske, PH1010000 .256
    Diory Hernandez, PR0000000 .111
    Peter Moylan, P0000000 .000
    Mike Dunn, P0000000 .000
   b- Freddie Freeman, PH1000012 .095
Totals4028259  
a-singled for Wagner in the 9th
b-struck out for Dunn in the 11th
Batting
2B - Brooks Conrad (11, Nunez)
HR - Brian McCann (21, Sanabia)
SH - Alex Gonzalez (1)
RBI - Omar Infante (45), Brian McCann (77)
2-OUT RBI - Omar Infante (20)
SB - Nate McLouth (7, 2nd base off Sanabia/Davis)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
DP - A. Gonzalez-Infante-Lee
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tommy Hanson 7.2511030 3.41
Jonny Venters 0.1000010 1.79
Billy Wagner 1000020 1.36
Peter Moylan 1.2100120 2.87
Mike Dunn (W,2-0) 0.1000010 1.04
IBB - Hatcher by Peter Moylan
Pitches-Strikes - Tommy Hanson 100-68, Jonny Venters 6-3, Billy Wagner 16-10, Peter Moylan 27-15, Mike Dunn 5-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tommy Hanson 11-8, Billy Wagner 1-0, Peter Moylan 2-1
Batters Faced - Tommy Hanson 27, Jonny Venters 1, Billy Wagner 3, Peter Moylan 7, Mike Dunn 1
Game Information
Attendance - 26338
Game Time - 3:17
Temperature - 60
Umpires - Home - Hunter Wendelstedt, First Base - Brian Runge, Second Base - Jerry Layne, Third Base - Mike Winters