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Gattis' homer in ninth powers Braves' sweep of Marlins

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MIAMI -- The Atlanta Braves made themselves at home all weekend at Marlins Park, including when Evan Gattis put a dent in the home run sculpture Sunday.

Gattis broke a ninth-inning tie with a two-run homer, newcomer Shae Simmons made another key contribution and Atlanta completed a three-game sweep by beating Miami 4-2.

"We played about as good a series as we've played in a while," Atlanta manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

The Braves pulled off the sweep after losing four consecutive games to Boston, and after being swept by the Marlins during a three-game visit to Miami a month ago.

"They're a good ballclub, and it's good to get three wins," Gattis said.

Making the sweep even more impressive is the Marlins' 20-11 record at Marlins Park. They lead the majors in home victories and made a bid for a ninth-inning comeback Sunday.

Simmons, pitching in his second big league game, earned his first career save when he retired Christian Yelich with two on for the final out. Closer Craig Kimbrel was given the day off because of a heavy recent workload.

"I got through it," Simmons said. "I'm not going to say it wasn't a little intimidating."

Simmons also got a key out in his major league debut Saturday. He left town with two game balls and two souvenir lineup cards.

"It's kind of surreal," he said. "I don't really feel like it's happened. I feel like I wasn't even out there."

The series began with the Marlins and Braves tied atop the NL East. Now Miami's three games back.

"This was a good test," manager Mike Redmond said. "Believe me, there's a sour taste in all of our mouths."

With the score 2-all, Freddie Freeman started the ninth with a single, only his second hit in 36 at-bats this year against Miami. Gattis then hit a 2-0 fastball into the sculpture in distant left-center field for his 11th homer, and the first this year allowed by Marlins closer Steve Cishek (4-2).

"That's a big home run there, in this ballpark off that reliever," Gonzalez said. "That doesn't happen very often. The matchup there didn't favor us."

But Marlins Park seems to bring out the best in the Braves, their visit a month ago notwithstanding. Atlanta is 18-7 in the ballpark since it opened in 2012.

Gattis is batting .333 with six homers and 20 RBIs in 18 games at Marlins Park. He's a fan of the stadium and even the colorful sculpture, which has its share of detractors.

"The sculpture? I like it," Gattis said. "I like this park. It has been good to me."

Marcell Ozuna hit a two-run homer, his 10th. Those were the only runs allowed by Aaron Harang in 6 2-3 innings, but he remained winless in his past four starts for Atlanta.

Alex Wood (5-5) pitched 1 1-3 perfect innings.

Miami's Nathan Eovaldi gave up two runs while pitching a season-high eight innings. He has an ERA of 0.75 in five starts against Atlanta since the beginning of 2013.

Shaky defense cost Eovaldi an early lead. Jason Heyward hit an RBI single in the third, and then the tying run scored when second baseman Derek Dietrich failed to turn a double play that would have ended the inning.

"It was a tough series," Redmond said. "We didn't play our best, we didn't play great defense, we didn't run the bases well. We need to play better, but we know we can play with these guys. Every guy in that clubhouse believes that, but we have some work to do."

Notes

After the game, the Marlins optioned RHP Arquimedes Caminero to Triple-A New Orleans. ... Ozuna made a sliding catch in center field to rob Chris Johnson of a hit in the seventh. ... Freeman fell to 3 for 24 lifetime against Eovaldi. ... The Marlins open a two-game series at home Monday against Tampa Bay, with Randy Wolf (0-1, 4.50) scheduled to pitch against Alex Cobb (1-2, 2.93). ... The Braves are off Monday and begin a two-game series Tuesday at home against Seattle, with Mike Minor (2-3, 3.41) scheduled to start against Hisashi Iwakuma (3-1, 2.39).

 
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Atlanta's Evan Gattis breaks a 2-2 tie in the ninth with his 11th homer, raising his slugging percentage to .524. (USATSI)
Atlanta's Evan Gattis breaks a 2-2 tie in the ninth with his 11th homer, raising his slugging percentage to .524. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Atlanta

E. Gattis
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
Miami

M. Ozuna
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Atlanta Braves
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Jason Heyward, RF4021010 .251
B.J. Upton, CF4011001 .216
Freddie Freeman, 1B4110001 .297
Evan Gattis, C4112011 .252
Ryan Doumit, LF4000010 .203
   Shae Simmons, P0000000 .000
Chris Johnson, 3B4000010 .251
Tommy La Stella, 2B3120000 .400
   Alex Wood, P0000000 .000
   a-Jordan Schafer, PH-LF1010000 .133
Andrelton Simmons, SS3110111 .267
Aaron Harang, P1000000 .050
   Ramiro Pena, 2B2000012 .200
Totals3449416  
a-singled for Wood in the 9th
Batting
HR - Evan Gattis (11, Cishek)
SH - Aaron Harang (3)
RBI - Jason Heyward (17), B.J. Upton (14), Evan Gattis 2 (24)
SB - Jordan Schafer (4, 2nd base off Cishek/Mathis)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - La Stella-Simmons-Freeman, La Stella-Simmons-Freeman-Simmons-Pena-Freeman
Atlanta Braves
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Aaron Harang 6.2522421 3.24
Alex Wood (W,5-5) 1.1000010 3.32
Shae Simmons (S,1) 1200100 0.00
IBB - Mathis by Aaron Harang
WP - Aaron Harang (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Aaron Harang 100-57, Alex Wood 13-9, Shae Simmons 18-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Aaron Harang 5-12, Alex Wood 1-2, Shae Simmons 2-0
Batters Faced - Aaron Harang 28, Alex Wood 4, Shae Simmons 5
Miami Marlins
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Christian Yelich, LF4010113 .255
Derek Dietrich, 2B3000001 .246
   a-Ed Lucas, PH-2B1000011 .319
Giancarlo Stanton, RF3000111 .311
Casey McGehee, 3B4000002 .291
Garrett Jones, 1B4120000 .268
Marcell Ozuna, CF3122100 .264
Adeiny Hechavarria, SS4010002 .267
Jeff Mathis, C2000201 .300
Nathan Eovaldi, P2000002 .091
   Steve Cishek, P0000000 .000
   b-Reed Johnson, PH1010000 .324
Totals3127253  
a-struck out for Dietrich in the 7th
b-singled for Cishek in the 9th
Batting
2B - Christian Yelich (9, Harang), Garrett Jones (14, Harang)
HR - Marcell Ozuna (10, Harang)
SH - Nathan Eovaldi (4)
RBI - Marcell Ozuna 2 (35)
SB - Christian Yelich (8, 2nd base off Harang/Gattis)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Lucas-Hechavarria-G. Jones
Miami Marlins
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Nathan Eovaldi 8622040 3.24
Steve Cishek (L,4-2) 1322121 2.78
Pitches-Strikes - Nathan Eovaldi 98-62, Steve Cishek 27-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Nathan Eovaldi 9-10
Batters Faced - Nathan Eovaldi 29, Steve Cishek 7
Game Information
Attendance - 21997
Game Time - 2:39
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Greg Gibson, First Base - Phil Cuzzi, Second Base - Gerry Davis, Third Base - Quinn Wolcott