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Braves hand Marlins seventh straight defeat

CBSSports.com wire reports
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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 Atlanta Braves survived that scoring threat, gave up the lead one strike from victory, went ahead again in the 10th and escaped another jam to beat the Florida Marlins 3-2.

"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).

Stanton continued to second on an errant throw by right fielder Joe Mather, but Ozzie Martinez struck out to send the game into extra innings.

Chipper Jones walked with one out in the 10th against Mike Dunn (4-4), then took second on a single by Brian McCann. Freeman, who had been 0 for 7 in the series, followed with single up the middle.

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.

Jordan Schafer had two hits and scored twice for Atlanta off Ricky Nolasco, who allowed two runs in 7 1/3 innings.

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.

Notes

  • Braves LF Martin Prado was held out of the starting lineup. He bruised his left knee when hit by a throw stealing second base Tuesday. Gonzalez said he might miss only one start.
  • Marlins SS Hanley Ramirez (strained back) hit in the batting cage and played catch. He may begin a rehabilitation assignment Friday.
  • Florida CF Chris Coghlan made a leaping catch to rob Alex Gonzalez of an extra-base hit in the first inning.
 
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Derek Lowe takes a no-hitter into the seventh inning against Florida, but settles for a no-decision. (AP)
Derek Lowe takes a no-hitter into the seventh inning against Florida, but settles for a no-decision. (AP)

Players of the Game
Florida

M. Stanton
AB 2
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 2
Atlanta

D. Lowe
IP 6.2
H 2
ER 0
BB 2
K 5
 
Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jordan Schafer, CF5220001 .213
Alex Gonzalez, SS5021021 .266
Chipper Jones, 3B4110103 .251
Brian McCann, C4021101 .305
Freddie Freeman, 1B5011023 .271
Dan Uggla, 2B5010024 .170
Eric Hinske, LF3000021 .288
    Joe Mather, RF2000012 .250
Matt Young, RF-LF3010100 .115
Derek Lowe, P3000011 .095
    Eric O'Flaherty, P0000000 .000
    Jonny Venters, P0000000 .000
   a- Diory Hernandez, PH1000011 .333
    Craig Kimbrel, P0000000 .000
    Scott Proctor, P0000000 .000
    George Sherrill, P0000000 .000
    Scott Linebrink, P0000000 .000
Totals403103311  
a-struck out for Venters in the 9th
Batting
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
Fielding
E - Alex Gonzalez (5, Throwing), Joe Mather (1, Throwing)
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Derek Lowe 6.2200250 3.73
Eric O'Flaherty (H,11) 0.1000010 1.57
Jonny Venters (H,14) 1000020 0.48
Craig Kimbrel (BS,5; W,2-2) 1222130 3.19
Scott Proctor (H,2) 0.1100100 2.35
George Sherrill (H,1) 0.1000010 2.35
Scott Linebrink (S,1) 0.1000010 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
Florida Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Chris Coghlan, CF4010000 .242
Omar Infante, 2B4000101 .254
Greg Dobbs, 3B5010032 .333
Gaby Sanchez, 1B4010122 .310
Logan Morrison, LF3100100 .289
John Buck, C3110111 .222
    Steve Cishek, P0000000 .000
Emilio Bonifacio, SS2000011 .248
   a- Mike Stanton, PH-RF2012013 .256
Scott Cousins, RF2000020 .143
    Ozzie Martinez, SS2000021 .067
Ricky Nolasco, P2000000 .048
    Randy Choate, P0000000 .000
    Ryan Webb, P0000000 .000
   b- Wes Helms, PH1000010 .224
    Mike Dunn, P0000000 .000
    Brett Hayes, C1000000 .314
Totals35252413  
a-struck out for Bonifacio in the 7th
b-struck out for Webb in the 8th
Batting
2B - Chris Coghlan (19, Proctor), John Buck (9, Kimbrel)
RBI - Mike Stanton 2 (35)
2-OUT RBI - Mike Stanton 2 (14)
Team LOB - 8
Florida Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ricky Nolasco 7.1822150 3.86
Randy Choate 0.1000010 0.90
Ryan Webb 0.1000010 3.77
Mike Dunn (L,4-4) 1.1211220 3.81
Steve Cishek 0.2000020 0.00
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
Game Information
Attendance - 14626
Game Time - 3:14
Temperature - 85
Umpires - Home - Andy Fletcher, First Base - Mike DiMuro, Second Base - Jim Reynolds, Third Base - Tim Welke