Jones lifts Marlins past Braves 3-1 in 10

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 21, 2014 at 10:51 pm •  Published: July 21, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) — The Miami Marlins couldn't take advantage of a bases-loaded opportunity with no outs in the ninth inning.

They didn't waste another chance with the bases loaded in the 10th.

Garrett Jones drove in two runs with a bases-loaded single in the 10th inning, lifting Miami to a 3-1 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Monday night.

It was an important win for a Miami team trying to retain its fading playoff hopes.

"It's a huge series," said Marlins starter Tom Koehler, who allowed one run in 6 2-3 innings.

"I don't want to say it's bend or break, but we're running out of season. These guys are ahead of us, so obviously coming in here we want to play them tough and win these games."

Christian Yelich led off the 10th with a single off Shae Simmons (1-2) and moved to second on Jordany Valdespin's sacrifice bunt. Following an intentional walk to Giancarlo Stanton, Simmons walked Casey McGehee to load the bases.

Jones broke a 1-1 tie with his grounder past Simmons into center field.

The Marlins won despite McGehee and Stanton combining for only one hit and no RBIs. Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit his 10th homer for Miami in the fifth for a 1-1 tie that held until the ninth.

"We've talked about it a lot," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "We can't rely on the same guys every single night to get the win. Giancarlo can't hit a home run every single time to win the game. We need other guys.

"We need multiple guys to get it done and tonight was a total team effort. We pitched great and we got the big hits and played good defense."

Bryan Morris (7-0) stranded two runners in a scoreless ninth for the win. Steve Cishek pitched a perfect 10th inning for his 22nd save.

The Braves began the night one percentage point behind first-place Washington in the NL East.

The Marlins couldn't score after loading the bases with no outs in the ninth against closer Craig Kimbrel.

Kimbrel walked McGehee to open the ninth and he raced to third on Jones' single to right. Kimbrel had two strikes on Marcell Ozuna before throwing four straight balls to load the bases.

Kimbrel struck out Saltalamacchia and Adeiny Hechavarria before pinch-hitter Donovan Solano lined out to second base to end the inning.

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