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ATLANTA -- The Braves believe they're still in great shape to make the playoffs, even though they're struggling to protect their NL wild-card lead.
The Braves, coming off a 2-6 road trip, have lost four straight and nine of 12. They still lead St. Louis by 4 1/2 games in the wild-card race.
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"We're still in a good spot despite coming off a losing road trip and losing this one the way we did," said Brandon Beachy, who struck out 10, one shy of his career high, but gave up four runs and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings.
"We're still confident in our abilities," Beachy said.
"We've got a 4 1/2-game lead with 14 left in the season. We should definitely make the playoffs and once that happens we can regroup and refocus and get things done."
The Braves had an assist from Pittsburgh, which beat St. Louis 6-5 on Monday night to keep the Cardinals from gaining ground in the wild-card race.
Manager Fredi Gonzalez said he's trying to "just keep talking to them and staying positive."
The Marlins have five more games left against Atlanta.
"If you don't get the opportunity to play in the playoffs, it's fun to see how we can affect the outcome," said Florida's Donnie Murphy.
Braves rookie right-hander Anthony Varvaro (0-2) walked John Buck to lead off the 12th. Pinch-runner Brett Hayes moved to second on Bryan Peterson's sacrifice before Varvaro issued an intentional walk to Murphy.
Stanton, held out of the starting lineup due to a strained right hamstring, lined a 1-2 pitch from Cristhian Martinez into left field to drive in Hayes.
Marlins manager Jack McKeon said he was tempted to use Stanton as a pinch-hitter earlier in the game.
"I tried to use him two or three times during the game," McKeon said. "I was debating."
The Marlins have won four straight.
The Braves couldn't score in the ninth after loading the bases with one out. Michael Bourn, who led off the inning with a double to the left-field wall, was stranded on third as Steve Cishek struck out Brian McCann on a called third strike before ending the threat on Martin Prado's groundout.
The frustrations continued when the Braves stranded runners in each of the next three innings. McCann struck out in the 11th with a runner on second.
"I came up twice with a chance to dictate the outcome and came up empty both times," McCann said, adding he had "two horrible at-bats."
Alex Gonzalez, rejuvenated after a three-day break to rest his sore lower back, had three hits and drove in two runs, including a single off Edward Mujica in the eighth that drove in Heyward for a 4-4 tie.
Beachy walked Bryan Peterson with one out in the sixth before Donnie Murphy hit a pop fly that fell in shallow left-center for a single. With Peterson running from first on the pitch, Gonzalez, the shortstop, was breaking to second and couldn't recover in time to make the catch.
The Marlins took advantage of the break when Matt Dominguez drove in Peterson with a single up the middle, knocking Beachy out of the game. Dominguez scored on a wild pitch from Arodys Vizcaino to give Florida a 4-2 lead.
Prado hit a triple in the sixth and scored on Heyward's fly ball to trim the Marlins' lead to one run.
Chris Volstad gave up two runs and seven hits and a walk in five innings for Florida.
|The Marlins welcome Brett Hayes into the dugout after teammate Mike Stanton brings him home the win. (US Presswire)|
|Players of the Game|
|Emilio Bonifacio, RF||7||1||2||0||0||3||3||.292|
|Omar Infante, 2B||5||1||3||1||0||0||0||.280|
|Greg Dobbs, LF||6||0||2||1||0||2||3||.286|
|Gaby Sanchez, 1B||5||0||1||0||0||1||2||.269|
|John Buck, C||4||0||1||0||2||2||1||.228|
|Brett Hayes, PR-C||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||.219|
|Bryan Petersen, CF||3||1||1||0||2||2||5||.286|
|Donnie Murphy, SS||5||1||1||0||1||2||5||.150|
|Matt Dominguez, 3B||6||0||1||1||0||2||3||.294|
|Chris Volstad, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.195|
|a- John Baker, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
|Burke Badenhop, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.286|
|Mike Dunn, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Ryan Webb, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Jose Lopez, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.232|
|Edward Mujica, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Steve Cishek, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Mike Cameron, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.203|
|Clay Hensley, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Javier Vazquez, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.208|
|d- Mike Stanton, PH||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.263|
|Leo Nunez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-grounded out for Volstad in the 6th|
|b-grounded out for Webb in the 8th|
|c-struck out for Cishek in the 10th|
|d-singled for Hensley in the 12th|
|3B - Emilio Bonifacio (7, Beachy), Omar Infante (7, Beachy)|
|SF - Omar Infante (7)|
|SH - Gaby Sanchez (2), Bryan Petersen (2)|
|RBI - Omar Infante (43), Greg Dobbs (48), Matt Dominguez (1), Mike Stanton (82)|
|2-OUT RBI - Mike Stanton (31)|
|SB - Bryan Petersen (7, 2nd base off Kimbrel/McCann)|
|Team LOB - 14|
|DP - Infante-Murphy-G. Sanchez|
|E - Omar Infante (6, Misplayed grounder), Donnie Murphy (2, Throwing)|
|Burke Badenhop (H,5)||0.1||2||1||1||0||0||0||3.86|
|Mike Dunn (H,15)||1.1||1||0||0||0||1||0||3.36|
|Ryan Webb (H,8)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.43|
|Edward Mujica (BS,2)||1||2||1||0||0||1||0||2.83|
|Clay Hensley (W,4-6)||2||0||0||0||2||1||0||5.17|
|Leo Nunez (S,35)||1||0||0||0||1||1||0||4.19|
|IBB - Jones by Steve Cishek|
|Pitches-Strikes - Chris Volstad 80-51, Burke Badenhop 11-8, Mike Dunn 14-10, Ryan Webb 3-2, Edward Mujica 21-14, Steve Cishek 24-15, Clay Hensley 29-15, Leo Nunez 15-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Volstad 4-7, Mike Dunn 2-0, Ryan Webb 1-0, Edward Mujica 2-0, Steve Cishek 1-0, Clay Hensley 5-1, Leo Nunez 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Chris Volstad 23, Burke Badenhop 3, Mike Dunn 4, Ryan Webb 1, Edward Mujica 5, Steve Cishek 6, Clay Hensley 9, Leo Nunez 4|
|Michael Bourn, CF||7||1||3||0||0||0||2||.301|
|Chipper Jones, 3B||5||0||2||0||1||0||1||.285|
|Jose Constanza, PR-LF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.320|
|Freddie Freeman, 1B||5||0||1||1||0||2||4||.295|
|Dan Uggla, 2B||5||1||2||0||1||1||4||.235|
|Brian McCann, C||6||0||1||0||0||2||8||.276|
|Martin Prado, LF-3B||6||1||1||0||0||2||7||.260|
|Jason Heyward, RF||2||1||1||1||3||1||2||.224|
|Alex Gonzalez, SS||4||0||3||2||0||0||0||.232|
|Antoan Richardson, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.333|
|Jack Wilson, SS||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.249|
|Brandon Beachy, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||3||.075|
|Arodys Vizcaino, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Brooks Conrad, PH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.240|
|b- Matt Diaz, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.266|
|Eric O'Flaherty, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Jonny Venters, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- Eric Hinske, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.241|
|Craig Kimbrel, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Peter Moylan, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|d- David Ross, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.255|
|Anthony Varvaro, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Cristhian Martinez, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.333|
|e- J.C. Boscan, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.333|
|a-announced for Vizcaino in the 6th|
|b-grounded into a double play for Conrad in the 6th|
|c-grounded out for Venters in the 8th|
|d-grounded out for Moylan in the 10th|
|e-struck out for Cr. Martinez in the 12th|
|2B - Michael Bourn (33, Cishek), Chipper Jones (30, Dunn), Alex Gonzalez (23, Volstad)|
|3B - Martin Prado (2, Badenhop)|
|SF - Freddie Freeman (5), Jason Heyward (3)|
|SH - Jack Wilson 2 (5)|
|RBI - Freddie Freeman (72), Jason Heyward (41), Alex Gonzalez 2 (50)|
|2-OUT RBI - Alex Gonzalez 2 (17)|
|Team LOB - 15|
|E - Jonny Venters (2, Misplayed grounder)|
|Anthony Varvaro (L,0-2)||1.2||0||1||1||2||0||0||2.87|
|IBB - Buck by Eric O'Flaherty, Murphy by Anthony Varvaro|
|WP - Arodys Vizcaino (4)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Beachy 103-74, Arodys Vizcaino 4-2, Eric O'Flaherty 16-10, Jonny Venters 19-12, Craig Kimbrel 20-12, Peter Moylan 12-9, Anthony Varvaro 23-11, Cristhian Martinez 6-5|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Beachy 1-5, Arodys Vizcaino 2-0, Eric O'Flaherty 2-0, Jonny Venters 3-0, Craig Kimbrel 1-0, Peter Moylan 1-0, Anthony Varvaro 3-2, Cristhian Martinez 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Brandon Beachy 26, Arodys Vizcaino 2, Eric O'Flaherty 6, Jonny Venters 5, Craig Kimbrel 4, Peter Moylan 3, Anthony Varvaro 7, Cristhian Martinez 2|
|Attendance - 17216|
|Game Time - 4:18|
|Temperature - 82|
|Umpires - Home - Hunter Wendelstedt, First Base - Brian Knight, Second Base - Jerry Layne, Third Base - Bob Davidson|