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ATLANTA -- B.J. Upton has been through too many hitless nights to call one big game a turnaround for his season.
Even so, it was a good sign for Upton and for the Braves who are looking for the outfielder to gain momentum for the postseason.
Upton had four hits, including the game-winning single in the 11th inning, and Atlanta beat the Miami Marlins 5-4 for its sixth straight win on Saturday night.
"It's a start," Upton said.
Upton, who entered the game hitting only .186, had a two-run homer and three singles after striking out in his first two at-bats. The homer was his first since June 15.
"I've been working hard all year and I'm finally starting to see some consistent results," Upton said. "I've just got to keep playing and keep working hard and stick to what I'm doing."
"I saw two sliders and a fastball," Upton said. "The pitch I hit was a slider. I just saw it out over the plate and I didn't miss it."
Luis Ayala (1-1) pitched a scoreless 11th.
Marlins manager Mike Redmond said Uggla and Upton, each hitting below .200, have been the hitters to target in Atlanta's lineup.
"Out of that whole lineup, you get down to those guys, you've got to make those guys beat you and tonight they did," Redmond said.
The NL East-leading Braves extended their lead over Washington to 15 games.
Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said it's not too late for Upton to salvage his long season if he can enter the playoffs with confidence.
"The first couple of months of the season he's had tough months, but nobody remembers what happened in April, May and June if everything goes well," Gonzalez said.
Stanton's homer in the fourth gave Miami a 3-1 lead.
Jacob Turner, who tied a Marlins record with three errors, couldn't hold the lead. Turner walked McCann to open the sixth before giving up Upton's tying homer to center field.
Ruggiano led off the seventh with a single and scored on Logan Morrison's single. The Braves pulled even at 4-4 in the bottom of the seventh when Johnson hit a two-out double off Mike Dunn and scored on McCann's single. Johnson finished with four hits.
Turner's first error came in the first inning when he couldn't handle Morrison's throw to first base, allowing Jordan Schafer to reach. Schafer stole second, moved to third on Elliot Johnson's sacrifice and scored on Freddie Freeman's line drive to left field.
Turner had two errors on one play in the fifth. With Mike Minor on first base following a single, Turner mishandled Schafer's bunt for an error and threw wild to first, allowing Minor to advance to third.
Miami players had drawn 38 walks in the past 11 games, but none of those 38 base runners scored. That streak of futility ended in the first inning when Stanton walked with two outs and scored on Ruggiano's homer into the right-field seats.
Elliot Johnson, making only his second start of the season in left field, sprinted toward center field before making a diving catch of Placido Polanco's sinking liner in the fourth. Johnson charged to make another diving catch of Donovan Solano's liner to open the 10th.
Turner gave up three runs, two earned, and four hits in 5 2-3 innings.
Minor allowed four runs and five hits and one walk in seven innings.
Gary Sheffield is the only other Marlins player to have three errors in a game -- on Sept. 30, 1993, while playing third base against Montreal. ... Redmond said the team will hold firm to a 170-innings limit for RHP Jose Fernandez, who is at 158 2-3 innings. Fernandez may have only two more starts before he is shut down. The Marlins pushed back Fernandez's next start from Wednesday at the Cubs to Friday at home against the Nationals. ... The Braves recalled OF Jose Constanza from Triple-A Gwinnett to replace C-OF Evan Gattis, who was optioned to Gwinnett following Friday night's game. The Braves plan to recall Gattis after Gwinnett's season ends on Monday. ... LF Justin Upton, who missed his second straight start with a bruised left wrist, grounded out as a pinch-hitter in the 10th.
|Players of the Game|
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|Adeiny Hechavarria, SS||5||0||2||0||0||1||0||.230|
|Christian Yelich, LF||5||0||1||0||0||2||2||.260|
|Giancarlo Stanton, RF||3||2||1||1||2||0||1||.251|
|Justin Ruggiano, CF||4||2||2||2||1||0||2||.219|
|Placido Polanco, 3B||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||.247|
|Logan Morrison, 1B||3||0||1||1||0||2||0||.261|
|a-Juan Pierre, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.239|
|Ed Lucas, 2B-1B||5||0||0||0||0||0||2||.236|
|Koyie Hill, C||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.182|
|Jacob Turner, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.097|
|Donovan Solano, 2B||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.245|
|a-grounded out for Ramos in the 9th|
|b-was walked intentionally for Qualls in the 11th|
|2B - Christian Yelich (7, Carpenter)|
|HR - Giancarlo Stanton (18, Minor), Justin Ruggiano (16, Minor)|
|SH - Placido Polanco (3)|
|RBI - Giancarlo Stanton (42), Justin Ruggiano 2 (42), Logan Morrison (28)|
|2-OUT RBI - Justin Ruggiano 2 (17)|
|CS - Adeiny Hechavarria (10, 2nd base by Minor/McCann)|
|Team LOB - 6|
|DP - Hechavarria-Solano-Lucas|
|E - Jacob Turner 3 (5, Missed catch of throw)|
|Ryan Webb (L,1-5)||0.2||2||1||1||1||0||0||2.96|
|IBB - Freeman by Jacob Turner, Schafer by Chad Qualls|
|HBP - Uggla (by Jacob Turner)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jacob Turner 99-57, Mike Dunn 22-15, A.J. Ramos 35-20, Dan Jennings 13-5, Chad Qualls 24-12, Ryan Webb 21-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jacob Turner 7-7, Mike Dunn 1-0, A.J. Ramos 1-0, Chad Qualls 3-0, Ryan Webb 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Jacob Turner 27, Mike Dunn 5, A.J. Ramos 6, Dan Jennings 3, Chad Qualls 6, Ryan Webb 5|
|Jordan Schafer, RF||4||1||1||0||1||2||1||.262|
|Elliot Johnson, LF||3||0||0||0||1||3||2||.185|
|a-Gerald Laird, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||2||.283|
|Freddie Freeman, 1B||3||0||0||1||2||0||1||.307|
|Chris Johnson, 3B||6||1||4||0||0||0||3||.331|
|Paul Janish, PR||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||.133|
|Brian McCann, C||5||1||1||1||1||0||3||.271|
|Dan Uggla, 2B||3||0||0||0||2||0||2||.185|
|B.J. Upton, CF||6||1||4||3||0||2||1||.195|
|Andrelton Simmons, SS||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.247|
|Mike Minor, P||2||0||1||0||1||1||0||.176|
|b-Joe Terdoslavich, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.262|
|c-Justin Upton, PH-LF||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.264|
|a-struck out for Johnson in the 10th|
|b-grounded out for Carpenter in the 8th|
|c-grounded out for Avilan in the 10th|
|2B - Chris Johnson 2 (29, Turner)|
|HR - B.J. Upton (9, Turner)|
|SF - Freddie Freeman (3)|
|SH - Jordan Schafer (5), Elliot Johnson (4), Andrelton Simmons (5)|
|RBI - Freddie Freeman (88), Brian McCann (51), B.J. Upton 3 (24)|
|2-OUT RBI - Brian McCann (20), B.J. Upton (5)|
|SB - Jordan Schafer 2 (17, 2nd base off Turner/Hill)|
|CS - Jordan Schafer (5, 2nd base by Turner/Hill)|
|Team LOB - 15|
|Outfield Assists - Jordan Schafer 1|
|DP - Simmons-Uggla-Freeman|
|E - Freddie Freeman (9, Misplayed grounder)|
|Luis Ayala (W,2-1)||1||0||0||0||2||0||0||3.00|
|IBB - Stanton by David Carpenter, Dobbs by Luis Ayala|
|Pitches-Strikes - Mike Minor 95-67, David Carpenter 26-15, Craig Kimbrel 12-9, Luis Avilan 15-9, Luis Ayala 15-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mike Minor 7-7, David Carpenter 1-2, Craig Kimbrel 3-0, Luis Avilan 1-2, Luis Ayala 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Mike Minor 26, David Carpenter 5, Craig Kimbrel 4, Luis Avilan 4, Luis Ayala 4|
|Attendance - 32727|
|Game Time - 3:59|
|Temperature - 86|
|Umpires - Home - Tim Timmons, First Base - Laz Diaz, Second Base - Mark Wegner, Third Base - Mike Winters|