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ATLANTA -- Brandon Beachy learned an important lesson in his first career shutout: The ninth inning is a blast.
The shutout came in the first career complete game for Beachy (5-1), who hadn't lasted longer than 7 1/3 innings.
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The right-hander said he went straight to Braves closer Craig Kimbrel after the game.
"I told Craig, 'I'm jealous. You get to do this all the time,' " Beachy said. "I got pumped up there in the last inning. That's a lot of fun."
Beachy had two strikeouts in the ninth to cap Atlanta's first shutout of the season. He has won five consecutive decisions since losing his first start. He had no walks and six strikeouts and lowered his ERA from 1.60 to 1.33.
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez and pitching coach Roger McDowell allowed Beachy to remain in the game after throwing 110 pitches through eight innings.
"Roger and I were hanging on every pitch," Gonzalez said. "You want the kid to be successful. You want him to have the complete game. You want him to have the shutout, but you want to keep him healthy."
Beachy finished with 122 pitches.
"The pitch count thing is irrelevant in my opinion," Braves catcher Brian McCann said. "It's how many stressful pitches you throw, and he didn't throw very many."
The Braves improved to 18-5 with Jones in the starting lineup. They are 6-10 in games he did not start.
Ricky Nolasco (4-2) gave up four runs on seven hits in four innings as he was denied his bid for sole possession of the Marlins' record for career victories. Nolasco, who is tied with Dontrelle Willis at 68 wins, has lasted less than five innings in back-to-back losses.
"He threw better than what he showed," said Miami manager Ozzie Guillen, who removed Nolasco for a pinch-hitter in the fifth inning.
"That's what I hate about the National League; you have to take the pitcher out for offense," Guillen said.
Nolasco said he "couldn't catch a break" even though he said he "made a lot of good pitches," even on Freeman's home run.
"Balls were finding holes and stuff," he said. "There's nothing I can do there. That's baseball."
Bourn led off the first with a single and scored on Prado's triple just beyond the reach of centerfielder Emilio Bonifacio.
The Braves added two runs with two outs in the third. Freeman launched a high home run, his seventh, to right field. Dan Uggla walked and scored on Brian McCann's double past a diving Logan Morrison in left field. The ball skipped past Morrison and bounced to the wall, allowing Uggla to score easily.
Jason Heyward was caught stealing after he was hit by a pitch to open the fourth. The Braves still had a productive inning as Pastornicky singled, moved to second on Beachy's sacrifice and scored on Bourn's single up the middle for a 4-0 lead.
With dark clouds hovering and lightning flashing over Turner Field, the Marlins stranded runners on second and third in the fifth. After singles by Gaby Sanchez and pinch-hitter Austin Kearns, Jose Reyes lined out to right field to end the inning.
The Braves added three runs in the fifth off Chad Gaudin, who walked freeman and Uggla to start the inning. Jones, Heyward and Beachy had run-scoring singles.
|Brandon Beachy celebrates after completing his first MLB shutout -- a 122-pitch, five-hit, six-strikeout gem. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Jose Reyes, SS||4||0||0||0||0||0||3||.247|
|Omar Infante, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.325|
|Hanley Ramirez, 3B||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.230|
|Donnie Murphy, 3B||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.115|
|Logan Morrison, LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.260|
|Giancarlo Stanton, RF||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.281|
|Gaby Sanchez, 1B||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.205|
|Emilio Bonifacio, CF||3||0||0||0||0||1||2||.265|
|Mike Dunn, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Brett Hayes, C||3||0||1||0||0||2||2||.278|
|Ricky Nolasco, P||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.188|
|a- Austin Kearns, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.302|
|Chad Gaudin, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Bryan Petersen, CF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a-singled for Nolasco in the 5th|
|2B - Giancarlo Stanton (9, Beachy)|
|Team LOB - 5|
|Ricky Nolasco (L,4-2)||4||7||4||4||1||2||1||4.10|
|HBP - Heyward (by Ricky Nolasco)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ricky Nolasco 79-53, Chad Gaudin 56-30, Mike Dunn 43-24|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ricky Nolasco 6-3, Chad Gaudin 1-4, Mike Dunn 3-1|
|Batters Faced - Ricky Nolasco 20, Chad Gaudin 12, Mike Dunn 8|
|Michael Bourn, CF||5||1||2||1||0||0||2||.339|
|Martin Prado, LF||4||0||2||1||1||0||1||.319|
|Freddie Freeman, 1B||4||2||1||1||1||0||2||.271|
|Dan Uggla, 2B||3||2||0||0||2||1||3||.277|
|Brian McCann, C||4||0||1||1||0||0||4||.252|
|Chipper Jones, 3B||4||1||2||1||0||0||1||.306|
|Jason Heyward, RF||3||0||1||1||0||0||1||.246|
|Tyler Pastornicky, SS||4||1||2||0||0||2||3||.274|
|Brandon Beachy, P||3||0||1||1||0||2||2||.167|
|2B - Martin Prado (12, Gaudin), Brian McCann (4, Nolasco)|
|3B - Martin Prado (2, Nolasco)|
|HR - Freddie Freeman (7, Nolasco)|
|SH - Brandon Beachy (2)|
|RBI - Michael Bourn (11), Martin Prado (20), Freddie Freeman (30), Brian McCann (23), Chipper Jones (24), Jason Heyward (20), Brandon Beachy (4)|
|2-OUT RBI - Michael Bourn (5), Freddie Freeman (10), Brian McCann (9), Brandon Beachy (2)|
|SB - Michael Bourn (12, 2nd base off Nolasco/Hayes)|
|CS - Jason Heyward (3, 2nd base by Nolasco/Hayes)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|E - Tyler Pastornicky (4, Throwing)|
|Brandon Beachy (W,5-1)||9||5||0||0||0||6||0||1.33|
|Pitches-Strikes - Brandon Beachy 122-80|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brandon Beachy 12-9|
|Batters Faced - Brandon Beachy 32|
|Attendance - 27724|
|Game Time - 2:42|
|Temperature - 81|
|Umpires - Home - Joe West, First Base - Sam Holbrook, Second Base - Andy Fletcher, Third Base - Rob Drake|