Marlins Vs. Braves: Miami Drops Series Finale To Atlanta 7-1

In the first game since trading three-time All-Star Hanley Ramirez, the Miami Marlins stumble against the Atlanta Braves in front of a record crowd at Marlins Park.

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Marlins Vs. Braves: Miami Falls In Rubber Match, 7-1

Life without Hanley Ramirez began for the Miami Marlins on Wednesday afternoon, but it didn't go as hoped. The Marlins collected a mere three hits in a 7-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves in the series finale at Marlins Park in front of a record crowd of 36,711, placing them eight games under .500.

Miami did get on the scoreboard first following a double from Justin Ruggiano that drove in Donovan Solano in the bottom of the third inning. But over the next three innings, it surrendered six runs -- all of them coming off starter Ricky Nolasco who eventually left in the middle of the sixth. Nolasco (8-9) would officially last five and one-third innings, allowing eight hits and six earned runs. He gave up two home runs.

The Marlins have dropped seven of their last 10 games.

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Braves Vs. Marlins Preview: Life Without Hanley Ramirez Begins Wednesday In Miami

The Miami Marlins' roster is much thinner than it was in their last series against the Braves. Miami's roster for Wednesday's series finale is even thinner than it was in Monday's opener after the team dealt Hanley Ramirez to the Dodgers on Wednesday morning.

The Marlins and Braves split the first two games of the series. Starter Ricky Nolasco will get a chance to win the rubber game. The 29-year-old righty allowed four runs in each of his last two starts, both losses, and he continues to have an up and down season. He gave up four runs in four innings in his last start against the Braves.

Atlanta's strikeout leader Tommy Hanson, with 103, gets the start opposite Nolasco. He has a 4.50 ERA, nearly identical to Nolasco's 4.55 ERA. Hanson was smacked around by the Nationals for eight runs in four innings in his last start. He has yet to face Miami this season, but posted a 2-1 record with a 1.42 ERA in three starts against the Fish last year.

Miami's post-Hanley lineup looks like this:

Atlanta counters with the following lineup:

The game starts at 12:40 p.m. Eastern. Fans can see it on Fox Sports Florida.

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Braves Vs. Marlins Recap: Atlanta Takes 2nd Game To Even Series

The Atlanta Brave slowly chipped away with one-run rallies on Tuesday night to take the second game of their series in Miami with a 4-3 victory. The Marlins offense shut down for the night after the second inning, and Atlanta starter Tim Hudson settled in before handed it off to his dominant bullpen which cleaned up in the eighth and ninth.

After the Braves opened the game with a run in the top of the first, the Marlins responded with a threat in the bottom half of the inning. Miami loaded the bases with two outs on a Justin Ruggiano single and a Logan Morrison walk. Hanley Ramirez then stepped into the box and drove a single to center that scored Greg Dobbs, but Ruggiano was thrown out at home to end the inning in a 1-1 tie.

Jose Reyes would break that tie one inning later when he hit his sixth homer of the season -- a two-run blast to right. But that would be it for Miami's offense, and Atlanta would respond with a run in the third and a run in the fourth to even things up again. Reliever Wade LeBlanc would take the loss in the seventh when he gave up a sacrifice fly to Jason Heyward, which scored Martin Prado for the winning run.

Miami will send Ricky Nolasco to the mound on Wednesday for the matinee finale. Tommy Hanson will pitch for the Braves in the series-deciding game.

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Braves Vs. Marlins Preview: Miami Looking For Back-To-Back Wins Over Atlanta

With the Washington Nationals pulling away at the top of the NL East standings, the playoff hopes for the Miami Marlins continued to slim with a five-game losing streak. That streak, however, was broken on Monday in a 2-1 victory over the Braves and the Marlins can continue their climb back to .500 with another win on Tuesday.

To do so, they'll need a performance from Mark Buehrle more closely resembling his first two starts of July rather than his last. After back-to-back victories that included just one run allowed in over 14 innings pitched, Buehrle allowed four runs in five innings to the Cubs on Thursday in a 4-2 loss.

He'll look to get back on track against Tim Hudson on Tuesday who earned a victory over the Giants in his last start after allowing two runs in just over seven innings.

The first pitch at Marlins Park will be thrown at 7:10 p.m. and will be televised on Fox Sports Florida and SportSouth-Atlanta.

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Braves Vs. Marlins Recap: Josh Johnson Allows 1 Hit As Miami Takes Opener, 2-1

Licking their wounds after a sweep in Pittsburgh, and after dealing Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante, the Marlins came out on Monday night and took the series opener against division rival Atlanta. Josh Johnson pitched a gem, setting the Marlins up for a 2-1 victory. Johnson went six innings and allowed only one hit, while striking out nine and issuing no walks. Johnson simply mowed down the Braves, quickly and tidily moving through the game in 87 pitches. He left the game in the sixth with skin irritation on his finger but the bullpen would step in to pick up Ozzie Guillen's club.

On offense, the Marlins did their limited damage early on against Mike Minor. The Fish immediately put together a rally in the bottom of the first. Carlos Lee would knock in the only run of the inning on a single to left that scored Jose Reyes. One inning later, Emilio Bonifacio would take a Minor pitch 398 feet over the left field wall to make it 2-0. That would be it for Miami, but Bonifacio's homer turned out to be crucial insurance and the winning run as Atlanta put together a rally against Randy Choate in their last at-bat. Steve Cishek would come on to close it out for his third save of the year and preserve the 2-1 win.

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Marlins Vs. Braves Preview: Miami Hopes To Stop Skid Against Atlanta

The Miami Marlins are looking to end a five game losing streak against the Atlanta Braves on Monday. Can Josh Johnson rebound from his recent rough starts?

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