May 30: Braves (29-25) 3, Marlins (28-26) 2
The Atlanta Braves spoiled an impressive start by Miami Marlins’ Tom Koehler by plating two runs in the seventh and slipping past the Fish 3-2 on the road. Jason Heyward tied it with his first triple and B.J. Upton grabbed the lead with a sac fly.
The Marlins jumped on the board against Braves starter Julio Teheran in the first when hard-hitting Giancarlo Stanton belted his 16th home run of the season in the bottom of the first – a two-run shot to center. Stanton fought out of an 0-2 hole and crushed a 1-2 slider for the 2-0 lead.
Teheran settled down from there, as that was his only blemish in the game. He ended up going 7.1 innings and striking out five in the game. He walked one and allowed just those two runs off the bat of Stanton in the opening frame.
The Braves finally got on the board against Koehler in the sixth when the first three batters reached bases to start the inning. Justin Upton walked, Evan Gattis moved him to second on a single to right and Chris Johnson knocked him home on an RBI base hit to left.
Down 2-1, Teheran helped himself with a lead-off double to start the seventh. Heyward then scored him on his first triple of the season. He sent a sharp line drive to left field on a 2-0 offering from Koehler. B.J. Upton followed through with the most important at-bat of the game as he sent a 2-2 pitch to deep left field to plate home the eventual winning run. He was in an 0-2 hole after three pitches and fought off pitches to score the all-important run.
In the eighth, the Marlins got a runner on second with one out and moved him to third with two down, but failed to score. Reliever Luis Avilan came in to retire Christian Yelich and relief man David Carpenter set down Ed Lucas to end the threat.
Closer Craig Kimbrel had a tough task in the ninth as he faced the heart of the Marlins order. He set down Stanton, Casey McGehee and Garrett Jones in order on consecutive fly outs to end the game and register his 14th save of the season.
Koehler received the tough loss in his seven innings of work. He walked four and allowed all three runs. On the other side, Teheran got his fifth win of the year after lowering his ERA to 1.83 in his 7.1 frames.