Miami at Atlanta

Scoreboard
Miami (6-7) «32001220010150
Atlanta (8-9)0000001012111

Marlins 10, Braves 2

  •  

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) - Trying to revive his career with the Miami Marlins, Chone Figgins had a big day against the Atlanta Braves.

Figgins, signed to a minor league deal after his release by Seattle, was 4 for 4 with two RBIs in Sunday's 10-2 win over the Atlanta Braves.

"I'm smiling again," said Figgins, a bust during three seasons with the Mariners after signing a $36 million, four-year contract as a free agent. "It was tough in Seattle, really tough. But I feel like everything is good now. This is another chance and I'm happy."

Figgins was released in November by the Mariners, who owe him $8 million for this season in the final year of the big contract. He signed a minor league deal with the Marlins.

His first three hits Sunday came off Tim Hudson, who labored through five innings while throwing 97 pitches. He gave up six runs, nine hits, two hit batters and one walk.

Figgins, who hit .181 last season for Seattle, is competing for a backup role at second and third base and also can play shortstop and the outfield. He came in with just two hits in 14 at-bats, but raised his average from .143 to .333.

"He fits the utility-role need for us," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "It was good to see him come out and get some big hits."

Marlins starter Wade LeBlanc gave up five hits in four scoreless innings with no walks and has pitched nine scoreless innings in spring training. The left-hander, who threw 28 of 42 pitches for strikes, is competing with John Maine and Kevin Slowey for the final spot in the Miami rotation.

"It was good to see him pound the strike zone against a good lineup," Redmond said. "He's had a great spring. He's definitely made a case for a spot in the rotation."

LeBlanc gave up three runs and seven hits in 2 2-3 innings against Venezuela in an exhibition game in his previous start. In his second appearance against the Braves this year, he faced just 15 batters thanks to two pickoffs.

"I have to have my control and hit my spots," LeBlanc said. "The Braves were aggressive, just like the first time, and I tried to use that against them."

Marcell Ozuna hit a three-run homer in the first inning and fellow outfield prospect Christian Yelich had a two-run drive in the seventh.

Chris Coghlan had two singles and a double, raising his average to .344 (11 for 32).

"I was working on backing up the bases," Hudson joked. "I'm definitely getting my work in."

It was the second straight rough outing for the veteran right-hander, who will go into the season three short of 200 career victories. His ERA is 6.43 in four starts.

"I really felt good, believe it or not," said Hudson, who is trying to find his curveball. "The last couple of starts have been a train wreck from a production standpoint."

B.J. Upton was 3 for 3 for the Braves and is hitting .382 (13 for 34). Jason Heyward went 2 for 3 to break out of a 0-for-14 slide.

NOTES: Braves reliever Jonny Venters gave up two runs in the sixth, but both were unearned because of an error by 3B Chris Johnson. ... Paul Maholm will make his fourth start for the Braves on Monday against Washington in Viera. Stephen Strasburg is scheduled to pitch for the Nationals. ... The Marlins will play Boston in Jupiter, with Slowey starting against Jon Lester.

 
Copyright 2014 by STATS LLC and The Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and The Associated Press is strictly prohibited.
 
CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
COMMENTS
Conversation powered by Livefyre
Players of the Game
Atlanta

B. Upton
AB 3
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 0
Miami

M. Ozuna
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
 

Related Video

November 20, 2014
Dolphins at Broncos Preview (3:05)
November 11, 2014
La Canfora previews Bills at Dolphins
(1:59)
November 11, 2014
Miami Dolphins support Turtle Power for James Edwards
(11:54)
November 5, 2014
La Canfora previews Dolphins at Lions
(3:27)
Miami Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Christian Yelich, DH4312000 .379
   a- Austin Barnes, PH-DH1010000 .667
Chone Figgins, 2B4242000 .333
    Ed Lucas, 2B2000001 .273
Matt Downs, 3B4000027 .172
    Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B1000000 .286
Joe Mahoney, 1B4011001 .233
    Jordan Brown, 1B1000000 .182
Marcell Ozuna, RF4223002 .364
Chris Coghlan, LF4031000 .344
    Kyle Jensen, LF1000011 .100
Nick Green, SS4111003 .227
    Chris Valaika, SS1000001 .105
Kyle Skipworth, C3010003 .235
   b- Wilfredo Gimenez, PH-C2000010 .000
Gorkys Hernandez, CF3210212 .182
Totals4310151025  
a-singled for Yelich in the 9th
b-struck out for Skipworth in the 7th
Batting
2B - Marcell Ozuna (1, Graham), Chris Coghlan 2 (3, Hudson, Venters)
HR - Christian Yelich (2, Rasmus), Marcell Ozuna (1, Hudson)
RBI - Christian Yelich 2 (9), Chone Figgins 2 (4), Joe Mahoney (8), Marcell Ozuna 3 (4), Chris Coghlan (3), Nick Green (1)
2-OUT RBI - Chone Figgins 2 (2), Marcell Ozuna 3 (4), Chris Coghlan (2)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Valaika-Lucas-Brown
Miami Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Wade LeBlanc (W,1-0) 4500010 0.00
Doug Mathis (H,1) 2000110 0.00
Braulio Lara (H,2) 1311010 4.50
Jonathan Albaladejo (H,2) 1000000 0.00
Evan Reed 1311010 3.00
WP - Wade LeBlanc (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Wade LeBlanc 18-17, Doug Mathis 12-8, Braulio Lara 7-7, Jonathan Albaladejo 3-3, Evan Reed 8-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Wade LeBlanc 2-7, Doug Mathis 3-2, Braulio Lara 1-0, Jonathan Albaladejo 2-1
Batters Faced - Wade LeBlanc 15, Doug Mathis 7, Braulio Lara 5, Jonathan Albaladejo 3, Evan Reed 6
Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Reed Johnson, LF3000000 .167
    Joe Terdoslavich, RF1000000 .464
Jason Heyward, RF3020000 .219
    Jordan Parraz, LF1000000 .182
Justin Upton, DH2000112 .258
   a- Blake DeWitt, PH-DH1000000 .182
Freddie Freeman, 1B3000002 .297
    Ernesto Mejia, 1B1110000 .273
B.J. Upton, CF3030000 .382
    Todd Cunningham, PR-CF1100001 .269
Dan Uggla, 2B3011001 .222
    Luis Nunez, PR-2B1010000 .500
Chris Johnson, 3B3010011 .344
    Joe Leonard, 3B1011000 .267
Jose Yepez, C2000001 .286
    Braeden Schlehuber, C2010012 .143
Elmer Reyes, SS4000013 .000
Totals35211214  
a-grounded out for Upton in the 8th
Batting
2B - Joe Leonard (2, Reed)
RBI - Dan Uggla (4), Joe Leonard (3)
CS - B.J. Upton 2 (3, 2nd base by LeBlanc/Skipworth, 2nd base by LeBlanc/Skipworth)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Reed Johnson 1
DP - Johnson-Yepez
E - Chris Johnson (3, Misplayed grounder)
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tim Hudson (L,1-1) 5966111 6.43
Jonny Venters 1320010 3.60
Cory Rasmus 1122111 14.54
J.R. Graham 2200020 0.00
HBP - Yelich (by Tim Hudson), Ozuna (by Tim Hudson)
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Hudson 37-28, Jonny Venters 9-9, Cory Rasmus 11-6, J.R. Graham 12-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Hudson 8-6, Jonny Venters 1-2, Cory Rasmus 1-1, J.R. Graham 2-2
Batters Faced - Tim Hudson 27, Jonny Venters 7, Cory Rasmus 5, J.R. Graham 8
Game Information
Attendance - 7150
Game Time - 2:40
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Jeff Gosney, First Base - Paul Nauert, Second Base - UMP Nonindividual, Third Base - Jeff Nelson