MIAMI (AP) — Another defensive lapse and another loss to the Atlanta Braves left Miami Marlins manager Mike Redmond mulling over a possible lineup change.
The Marlins allowed the tying run to score when second baseman Derek Dietrich failed to turn a double play, and Atlanta went on to win 4-2 Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.
"Our defense has been sloppy at times," Redmond said. "If it comes to playing guys who can play defense and pick up the ball and throw it, then that's what we'll have to do."
The most likely candidate for a benching would be Dietrich, who has eight errors. But defense is a team-wide issue, with the Marlins ranking third-worst in the majors in fielding.
Dietrich's poor throw cost Nathan Eovaldi an early lead, and Atlanta's Evan Gattis broke a ninth-inning tie with a two-run homer.
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.
Shae 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."
The series began with the Marlins and Braves tied atop the NL East. Now Miami's three games back.
"This was a good test," 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 pitch 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).
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