Marlins' bats come up short again against Braves

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 23, 2014 at 4:14 pm •  Published: April 23, 2014
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ATLANTA (AP) — Marlins manager Mike Redmond believes his team pitched well enough to win a three-game series at Turner Field.

Unfortunately, Miami's batters produced just four runs.

"We had several chances," Redmond said. "We were 1 for 7 today with runners in scoring position. Really, we scored on a blooper. Other than that — 16 strikeouts — that's a lot of strikeouts. We needed that big hit and didn't get it, and they did."

Pinch-hitter Evan Gattis broke an eighth-inning tie with a two-run double off A.J. Ramos, and the Marlins lost 3-1 to Atlanta on Wednesday.

With the score 1-all in the eighth, Mike Dunn (1-3) walked Chris Johnson with one out after the batter fell behind 0-2 in the count. Dan Uggla reached on a two-out infield single, Ramos relieved and Gattis, hitting for Jordan Schafer, doubled to left.

"I had faith in my fastball, but when you throw it that far down the plate, anybody can hit it and hit it like he did," Ramos said. "It was just a bad pitch over the middle and he did what he was supposed to do with it."

Gattis' two-run, 10th-inning homer beat the Marlins 4-2 in the series opener. He is hitting .351 with five homers and 10 RBIs in his last 10 games, a span of 37 at-bats.

"Today I saw three pitches and got one I could handle," Gattis said. "I was just trying to stay loose. It was the same thing as the other day with the home run. Just trying to stay loose against a guy with a lot of velocity."

Aaron Harang allowed one run and six hits in six innings with 11 strikeouts and one walk, raising his ERA from 0.70 to 0.85.

Braves pitchers struck out 16 in all, giving them 41 strikeouts and five walks — one intentional — in the three-game series. Miami pitchers struck out 37 and walked nine.

"Especially against a team like this that can really pitch, you know that you're not going to get a whole lot of opportunities," Redmond said. "When you do, you need to take advantage of them."

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