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MIAMI -- Derek Lowe took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, loaded the bases and departed with his team up by two runs. Then the real excitement began.
"The most important thing is we found a way to win," Lowe said. "We've been in a lot of tight games. We're used to it in a strange way. The majority of our games are this way. It comes down to one pitch."
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Freddie Freeman singled home the go-ahead run in the 10th.
The wild loss extended the Marlins' losing streak to seven games, their longest since April 2009. Six of the defeats have been by a single run.
After the game Florida announced the firing of batting coach John Mallee. He'll be replaced by Eduardo Perez, son of Hall of Famer Tony Perez.
"I don't want to put it all on John, and I don't want to put it all on Eduardo," president for baseball operations Larry Beinfest said. "We just need to find a way to score some runs."
They couldn't again the 37-year-old Lowe, who gave up two hits in 6 2/3 innings. He had his sinker working, with 13 of his 20 outs coming on grounders.
"The wind was blowing in my face and making the ball sink," he said with a smile. "It seems like in about the third inning we were able to get in a good rhythm. It's pretty fun when you can throw the ball where you want. It doesn't happen very often."
The Marlins went 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position and are 8 for 54 (.148) in those situations during the first six games of their dismal homestand.
"Every game we've been one hit away from winning," manager Edwin Rodriguez said.
Perez, a former major-leaguer who had been working in the Indians organization, will join the team Thursday. Left fielder Logan Morrison said Mallee was being made a scapegoat.
"I don't think it's right. I don't think it's just," Morrison said. "He had us prepared. It's not his fault we're not scoring runs. We let him down, and it's disappointing."
The Marlins trailed 2-0 in the ninth and had been shut out for 24 1/3 consecutive innings when they tied the game one with two out. Mike Stanton hit a two-run single on a 1-2 pitch from Braves closer Craig Kimbrel (2-2).
The Marlins had two on with one out in the bottom of the 10th, but George Sherrill struck out Greg Dobbs, and Scott Linebrink earned his first save since July 3, 2009 by striking out Gaby Sanchez on a 2-2 pitch.
Sanchez took strike three looking, and replays showed the breaking ball appeared outside. He threw his bat in protest but complained only briefly to plate umpire Andy Fletcher.
Kimbrel struck out the first two batters in the ninth, but Morrison walked and took third on a double by John Buck - only the Marlins' third hit. Stanton followed with his hit, the Marlins' first in 12 at-bats with runners in scoring position in the series.
Kimbrel, a rookie, blew a save for the fifth time in 23 chances.
"Learning curve," manager Fredi Gonzalez said.
Lowe gave up a walk to start the second, then retired 16 straight before Dobbs singled with one in the seventh for the Marlins' first hit. Eric O'Flaherty relieved Lowe with the bases loaded and Atlanta leading 2-0, and after McCann made nice stops on a couple of pitches in the dirt, Stanton struck out to end the inning.
|Derek Lowe takes a no-hitter into the seventh inning against Florida, but settles for a no-decision. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Jordan Schafer, CF||5||2||2||0||0||0||1||.213|
|Alex Gonzalez, SS||5||0||2||1||0||2||1||.266|
|Chipper Jones, 3B||4||1||1||0||1||0||3||.251|
|Brian McCann, C||4||0||2||1||1||0||1||.305|
|Freddie Freeman, 1B||5||0||1||1||0||2||3||.271|
|Dan Uggla, 2B||5||0||1||0||0||2||4||.170|
|Eric Hinske, LF||3||0||0||0||0||2||1||.288|
|Joe Mather, RF||2||0||0||0||0||1||2||.250|
|Matt Young, RF-LF||3||0||1||0||1||0||0||.115|
|Derek Lowe, P||3||0||0||0||0||1||1||.095|
|Eric O'Flaherty, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jonny Venters, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Diory Hernandez, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.333|
|Craig Kimbrel, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Scott Proctor, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|George Sherrill, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Scott Linebrink, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-struck out for Venters in the 9th|
|2B - Chipper Jones (17, Nolasco)|
|3B - Jordan Schafer (1, Nolasco)|
|RBI - Alex Gonzalez (18), Brian McCann (32), Freddie Freeman (22)|
|2-OUT RBI - Alex Gonzalez (4), Brian McCann (15)|
|SB - Jordan Schafer (3, 2nd base off Nolasco/Buck)|
|Team LOB - 10|
|E - Alex Gonzalez (5, Throwing), Joe Mather (1, Throwing)|
|Eric O'Flaherty (H,11)||0.1||0||0||0||0||1||0||1.57|
|Jonny Venters (H,14)||1||0||0||0||0||2||0||0.48|
|Craig Kimbrel (BS,5; W,2-2)||1||2||2||2||1||3||0||3.19|
|Scott Proctor (H,2)||0.1||1||0||0||1||0||0||2.35|
|George Sherrill (H,1)||0.1||0||0||0||0||1||0||2.35|
|Scott Linebrink (S,1)||0.1||0||0||0||0||1||0||4.15|
|HBP - Coghlan (by Jonny Venters)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Derek Lowe 86-55, Eric O'Flaherty 6-3, Jonny Venters 12-9, Craig Kimbrel 28-16, Scott Proctor 16-10, George Sherrill 3-3, Scott Linebrink 5-3|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Derek Lowe 13-2, Scott Proctor 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Derek Lowe 24, Eric O'Flaherty 1, Jonny Venters 4, Craig Kimbrel 6, Scott Proctor 3, George Sherrill 1, Scott Linebrink 1|
|Chris Coghlan, CF||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.242|
|Omar Infante, 2B||4||0||0||0||1||0||1||.254|
|Greg Dobbs, 3B||5||0||1||0||0||3||2||.333|
|Gaby Sanchez, 1B||4||0||1||0||1||2||2||.310|
|Logan Morrison, LF||3||1||0||0||1||0||0||.289|
|John Buck, C||3||1||1||0||1||1||1||.222|
|Steve Cishek, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Emilio Bonifacio, SS||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.248|
|a- Mike Stanton, PH-RF||2||0||1||2||0||1||3||.256|
|Scott Cousins, RF||2||0||0||0||0||2||0||.143|
|Ozzie Martinez, SS||2||0||0||0||0||2||1||.067|
|Ricky Nolasco, P||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.048|
|Randy Choate, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ryan Webb, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Wes Helms, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.224|
|Mike Dunn, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brett Hayes, C||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.314|
|a-struck out for Bonifacio in the 7th|
|b-struck out for Webb in the 8th|
|2B - Chris Coghlan (19, Proctor), John Buck (9, Kimbrel)|
|RBI - Mike Stanton 2 (35)|
|2-OUT RBI - Mike Stanton 2 (14)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|Mike Dunn (L,4-4)||1.1||2||1||1||2||2||0||3.81|
|IBB - McCann by Ricky Nolasco|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ricky Nolasco 96-69, Randy Choate 5-3, Ryan Webb 4-3, Mike Dunn 41-24, Steve Cishek 12-8|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ricky Nolasco 8-9, Mike Dunn 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Ricky Nolasco 31, Randy Choate 1, Ryan Webb 1, Mike Dunn 8, Steve Cishek 2|
|Attendance - 14626|
|Game Time - 3:14|
|Temperature - 85|
|Umpires - Home - Andy Fletcher, First Base - Mike DiMuro, Second Base - Jim Reynolds, Third Base - Tim Welke|