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Atlanta rallies for win; puts an end to Marlins' scoreless streak

Postby WebHamster » Sat Apr 17, 2004 2:00 am

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Chipper Jones hit a two-run homer and Julio Franco singled in the go-ahead run during a three-run sixth inning, as Atlanta cooled off the red-hot Florida Marlins, 5-4, in the opener of a three-game set at Turner Field.

Eli Marrero also belted a two-run homer for the Braves, who won for only the second time in their last five games.

Jaret Wright (1-0) picked up the win after he yielded four runs -- one earned -- and five hits over six solid innings. Wright also struck out six and walked three.

Mike Lowell had two hits and two RBI and Luis Castillo added a pair of hits for the defending world champion Marlins, who had their seven-game winning streak halted. The game also marked the first runs Florida has given up since the sixth inning of last Sunday's win over Philadelphia.

Darren Oliver (1-1) took the loss after allowing five runs and eight hits over six innings while striking out six.

"Two bad pitches and boom boom, said Oliver. "Pretty much sums up the whole game today, but that's baseball. You win some, you lose some. We weren't going to go 161-1.

Atlanta scored three runs in the sixth inning and grabbed a 5-4 lead highlighted by Jones' two-run homer. Marcus Giles doubled to the gap in left center with two outs and Jones followed with a two-run blast to deep left to make it 4-4. Andruw Jones then doubled to deep center field and was plated on Franco's base hit to right field.

"We just made the most of our opportunities," said Chipper Jones. We had two outs in that inning when we scored three and we were able to get it done."

The Marlins threatened in the eighth as Hee Seop Choi singled with two outs. Choi was then was replaced on the bases by Abraham Nunez, who raced to third on Mike Redmond's single to right. However, Chris Reitsma struck out Alex Gonzalez to end the inning.

John Smoltz then worked a perfect ninth for his second save of the year.

Florida took a 2-0 lead on Lowell's first-inning hit. Castillo drew a one-out walk and stole second before Miguel Cabrera was also walked to put two runners on. Lowell followed by ripping a single to left-center field and Castillo came home on the hit while Cabrera advanced to third. Lowell then took second after the throw from the outfield came in late to third. However, Mark DeRosa'a attempt to get Lowell at second soared away from the bag and Cabrera trotted home for a two-run edge.

The Braves tied the game at 2-2 in the second on Marrero's two-run homer. Johnny Estrada singled to left with two outs. Marrero fouled off several pitches before connecting to deep left field for his first of the year.

"Big night from Eli to get us back in the game after the miscues got us behind," said Chipper Jones.

The two runs snapped a team-record of 31 2/3 consecutive scoreless thrown by Marlins pitchers.

In the third, Florida added a pair of runs to regain the lead. Castillo led off with a single and Cabrera followed by grounding into a fielder's choice. However, Giles booted the grounder that rolled into right field. The error allowed Cabrera to reach second and Castillo moved to third. Lowell then singled to bring home Castillo and after Choi walked later in the inning to load the bases, Redmond lifted a sacrifice fly to right to bring in Cabrera for a 4-2 advantage.
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