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Eovaldi outpitched by Wood as Marlins lose 1-0

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 31, 2014 at 9:07 pm •  Published: August 31, 2014
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ATLANTA (AP) — Most of Nathan Eovaldi's pitches were working fine, except for one fastball to Evan Gattis.

"I feel like I misplaced some fastballs," Eovaldi said. "I missed that one to Gattis. Right down the middle. That was the difference in the game."

Eovaldi was outpitched by Alex Wood, and the Miami Marlins couldn't overcome a punchless offense in a 1-0 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Sunday.

Wood struck out 12 in eight dominant innings, and Gattis homered for Atlanta.

The Marlins, who have lost six of eight, had gone 60 games without getting shut out, the longest active streak in the majors.

Atlanta, which has won four of five and 11 of 15, remained 1 1/2 games out of the second NL wild-card spot.

Craig Kimbrel earned his major league-high 41st save in 45 chances.

Kimbrel retired Donovan Solano on a grounder and Giancarlo Stanton on a popup before giving up a single to Casey McGehee. The All-Star closer struck out pinch-hitter Garrett Jones to end it.

Wood (10-10) matched his career high in strikeouts for the second time this month. The 23-year-old left-hander, who improved to 3-2 with a 1.86 ERA in his last seven starts, gave up five hits and walked none.

"He was tough," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "He mixed his speeds, in and out, threw some breaking balls, expanded the zone a little bit."

Eovaldi (6-10) allowed nine hits and struck out six in 6 2-3 innings, dropping his fourth straight start. Chris Hatcher replaced him after Phil Gosselin and Freddie Freeman had consecutive singles in the seventh, ending the threat on Justin Upton's flyout.

"We always have close games with them, it feels like," Eovaldi said. "Alex threw well tonight. Again, it came down to that one home run by Gattis."

Gattis, who batted .237 in his previous 33 games after returning from a back injury, hit his 21st homer in the second.

"I just wanted to stay aggressive with him," Gattis said. "I didn't want to get caught in between and take any heaters for strikes. Thought that would be my best chance."

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