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Braves overcome 7 Marlins steals to win

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MIAMI -- As a backup to Chipper Jones, Juan Francisco patiently waits for his chance.

Francisco took advantage of an opportunity when Jones got Wednesday afternoon off. Francisco homered and drove in three runs, helping the Atlanta Braves beat Miami 7-1 after the downsizing Marlins jettisoned yet another star player by trading Hanley Ramirez to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

"I was picking up the pitches well today," Francisco said. "I was aggressive, but at the same time patient, not swinging at pitches wildly."

Michael Bourn and Jason Heyward also homered to back Tommy Hanson (11-5), who pitched around a career-high seven walks and seven Marlins steals.

"Seven walks and seven stolen bases, to go out and pitch five innings and give up a run, I have no idea how I did that," Hanson said. "I don't even know if that's ever happened. I was just having a hard time locating my fastball and throwing strikes when I needed to. The good part is that we won and, hopefully, I can do a better job next time."

The last pitcher to accomplish the feat had been Seattle's Randy Johnson, who walked seven as the Mariners beat Oakland 14-6 on July 29, 1989, during a game in which the Athletics had eight steals, according to STATS LLC.

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Hanson allowed one run and three hits in five innings.

"He got his 11th win without being too sharp," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "Good for us."

Ricky Nolasco (8-9) gave up six runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings, dropping to 0-2 with a 9.64 ERA against the Braves this season.

A Marlins Park-record crowd of 36,711 watched the most steals by a team in the major leagues this season and the high for the Marlins since 2002. Jose Reyes and Donovan Solano each had two stolen bases as the Marlins were caught just once.

"The game was pretty confusing," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said. "In five innings we stole seven bases, walked seven times, had three doubles, and we score one. Sometimes you think about it and you shake your head how that thing can happen."

Miami, which has traded Anibal Sanchez and Ramirez this week, appears to be embarking on its third fire sale of stars, following selloffs in 1997 and 2003. The Marlins were 1 for 12 with runners in scoring position.

"We need to step up with runners in scoring position," center fielder Justin Ruggiano said. "Whatever that means. Maybe that means be a little bit more aggressive, maybe that means stop swinging at pitches in the dirt, I don't know. As a team we need to have a better effort and focus a little more. It's time for it to stop being the plague of the Marlins because that's all we hear about."

Ruggiano's second double of the game gave Miami a 1-0 lead in the third.

Freddie Freeman hit a tying single in the fourth and Francisco followed with a drive into the right-field upper deck estimated at 435 feet.

"I felt good went it left the bat," Francisco said. "I knew it was well hit."

Bourn's two-run homer made it 5-1 in the fifth.

"I made two mistakes giving up two-run homers and that's the game," Nolasco said. "Two balls that came back over the plate, didn't want to do that. Two good hitters, not going to miss those pitches too often in the big leagues so it put us in the hole."

Francisco's RBI single chased Nolasco.

"Nolasco was off, very off," Guillen said.

Heyward hit his 15th homer of the year, an eighth-inning drive off Wade LeBlanc.

Notes

  • A crowd of 36,601 witnessed the first game at Marlins Park on April 4 against St. Louis.
  • Miami batters tied their season high with 14 strikeouts, including four by Brett Hayes.
  • Francisco came into the game hitting .222 (4 for 18) in July.
  • RHP Nathan Eovaldi (1-6, 4.15 ERA), acquired from Dodgers, will start Saturday against San Diego as LeBlanc remains in the bullpen.
  • Both teams are off on Thursday with Braves RHP Ben Sheets (2-0, 0.00 ERA) pitching the series opener Friday against Philadelphia. Marlins RHP Carlos Zambrano (5-8, 4.42 ERA) will face Padres RHP Kip Wells (1-3, 4.00 ERA).
 
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Tommy Hanson manages to beat the Marlins despite giving up seven walks and seven steals over five innings. (Getty Images)
Tommy Hanson manages to beat the Marlins despite giving up seven walks and seven steals over five innings. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

J. Francisco
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
Atlanta

T. Hanson
IP 5.0
H 3
ER 1
BB 7
K 7
 
Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Michael Bourn, CF5112022 .299
Martin Prado, 2B4000000 .304
Jason Heyward, RF4221000 .270
Brian McCann, C4110001 .242
Freddie Freeman, 1B4111000 .273
Juan Francisco, 3B4133000 .241
Jose Constanza, LF4000022 .222
Paul Janish, SS3110101 .184
Tommy Hanson, P1000011 .029
    Kris Medlen, P1000000 .167
   a- Eric Hinske, PH1000000 .202
    Jonny Venters, P0000000 .000
Totals3579715  
a-grounded out for Medlen in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jason Heyward (18, Nolasco)
HR - Michael Bourn (8, Nolasco), Jason Heyward (15, LeBlanc), Juan Francisco (8, Nolasco)
SH - Tommy Hanson (5)
RBI - Michael Bourn 2 (40), Jason Heyward (48), Freddie Freeman (60), Juan Francisco 3 (22)
2-OUT RBI - Freddie Freeman (28), Juan Francisco 2 (6)
SB - Jose Constanza (1, 2nd base off Jennings/Hayes)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jose Constanza 1
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tommy Hanson (W,11-5) 5311770 4.39
Kris Medlen 3000150 2.48
Jonny Venters 1000020 4.08
Pitches-Strikes - Tommy Hanson 108-56, Kris Medlen 46-34, Jonny Venters 12-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kris Medlen 3-1, Jonny Venters 1-0
Batters Faced - Tommy Hanson 23, Kris Medlen 10, Jonny Venters 3
Miami Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jose Reyes, SS3010120 .273
Donovan Solano, 3B1100311 .322
Carlos Lee, 1B3000103 .270
Logan Morrison, LF3000113 .234
Justin Ruggiano, CF4021012 .367
Emilio Bonifacio, 2B3000110 .273
Bryan Petersen, RF3000102 .200
Brett Hayes, C4000043 .206
Ricky Nolasco, P2000023 .152
    Dan Jennings, P0000000 .000
   a- Scott Cousins, PH1000010 .163
    Wade LeBlanc, P0000000 .000
    Edward Mujica, P0000000 .000
   b- Austin Kearns, PH1000010 .256
Totals28131814  
a-struck out for Jennings in the 7th
b-struck out for Mujica in the 9th
Batting
2B - Jose Reyes (20, Hanson), Justin Ruggiano 2 (15, Hanson, Hanson)
RBI - Justin Ruggiano (19)
2-OUT RBI - Justin Ruggiano (1)
SB - Jose Reyes 2 (23, 3rd base off Hanson/McCann, 2nd base off Hanson/McCann), Donovan Solano 2 (4, 2nd base off Hanson/McCann, 2nd base off Hanson/McCann), Justin Ruggiano (7, 3rd base off Hanson/McCann), Emilio Bonifacio (26, 2nd base off Hanson/McCann), Bryan Petersen (2, 2nd base off Hanson/McCann)
CS - Jose Reyes (6, 3rd base by Hanson/McCann)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Bonifacio-Reyes-Lee
E - Donovan Solano (2, Misplayed grounder)
Miami Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ricky Nolasco (L,8-9) 5.1866132 4.80
Dan Jennings 1.2000010 1.35
Wade LeBlanc 1111001 1.38
Edward Mujica 1000010 4.14
Pitches-Strikes - Ricky Nolasco 83-55, Dan Jennings 22-16, Wade LeBlanc 14-8, Edward Mujica 13-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ricky Nolasco 7-5, Dan Jennings 4-0, Edward Mujica 1-2
Batters Faced - Ricky Nolasco 24, Dan Jennings 5, Wade LeBlanc 4, Edward Mujica 4
Game Information
Attendance - 36711
Game Time - 2:46
Temperature - 77
Umpires - Home - Mike Estabrook, First Base - Tim Welke, Second Base - Paul Schrieber, Third Base - Laz Diaz