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The Miami Marlins lost Game 3 of their series with the Atlanta Braves, 3-0, going 1-2 in the series. Miami had no answer for Braves starter Kris Medlen, who gave up only four hits in eight innings while striking out six.
Josh Johnson started for Miami, going six innings while giving up three runs on five hits. The bullpen held Atlanta scoreless for the remainder of the game, but that wasn't much help with the Marlins' bats silent.
The Marlins have a day off on Thursday, and on Friday they face the New York Mets in the start of a two-city road trip that will finish with more games against the Braves.
The Miami Marlins are looking to play the spoiler role against the Atlanta Braves, who are trying to snag the final wild card spot in the National League. The two team split the first two games in the series so far, and in the final game Josh Johnson is taking the mound for Miami.
The Marlins have a new leadoff batter and left fielder for Wednesday's game, with Bryan Petersen claiming that position and Gorkys Hernandez -- who led off Tuesday -- now batting second. Rob Brantly earned the nod at catcher with Joe Buck getting a night off.
The Miami Marlins are one game behind the New York Mets for fourth place in the NL East division. The Marlins finish a three-game series with the second-place Atlanta Braves on Wednesday while the Mets host the Philadelphia Phillies. The only NL East team playing an intra-division game is the NL East-leading Washington Nationals playing the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Nationals' magic number to clinch the division is down to 10. The Braves are trailing the Nationals by 5.5 games for the division lead, but hold the first wild card spot. The Philadelphia Phillies are the only NL East team still in reasonable playoff contention. They trail the St. Louis Cardinals by four games for the final wild card spot in the National League.
NL East Standings:
1. Washington Nationals, 89-57
2. Atlanta Braves, 85-64, 5.5 games back, 1st Wild Card
3. Philadelphia Phillies, 74-74, 16 games back, 4 games back of second wild card
4. New York Mets, 66-81, 23.5 games back
5. Miami Marlins, 66-83, 24.5 games back
The Marlins play the Braves at 7:10 p.m. Wednesday night on Fox Sports Florida.
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No starter has been harder to beat in the second half than Kris Medlen, who, since joining the Braves rotation in July, is 7-0 with a ridiculous 0.87 ERA. In fact, the Braves have racked up 20 consecutive wins in games that he starts, dating to May 2010.
So Miami might have a tough time scoring runs, but they'll send Josh Johnson to the hill in search of his ninth win. Johnson was dominant the last time he faced the Braves, allowing just one hit and no walks in six innings, while striking out nine.
Atlanta hopes to sure up a playoff birth soon, as their magic number to clinch a wild-card spot is currently seven.
Wednesday's game will start at 7:10, and air on FSFL.
Miami appeared to have the victory within its grasp through the first eight innings, but the Braves made a late-game rally in the ninth.
With two runners on base and just one out, Dan Uggla brought in Jason Heyward. Then, Brian McCann doubled off the wall in left center field, which scored Uggla and Chipper Jones and tied the game at three runs apiece.
It took Reyes' hit to bring in Rob Brantly for the game-winning run.
Atlanta still holds a comfortable lead for the top National League Wild Card spot.
After a pair of scoreless innings, Gorkys Hernandez hit an RBI-double to score John Buck and put the Marlins up, 1-0. Three more scoreless innings went by before John Buck blasted a two-run shot for his 11th home run of the year.
Heath Bell was awarded the win for maintaining order in the 10th inning.
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Guillen has given left fielder Bryan Petersen the night off Tuesday after every game for the Marlins since Aug 12. Justin Ruggiano moves over to left field from right to replace Petersen while Austin Kearns fills Ruggiano's spot in right field.
Full lineups for both teams are below:
1. Gorkys Hernandez CF
2. Donovan Solano 2B
3. Jose Reyes SS
4. Carlos Lee 1B
5. Justin Ruggiano LF
6. Austin Kearns RF
7. John Buck C
8. Gil Velazquez LF
9. Nathan Eovaldi P
1. Michael Bourn CF
2. Martin Prado SS
3. Jason Heyward RF
4. Chipper Jones 3B
5. Freddie Freeman 1B
6. Dan Uggla 2B
7. Brian McCann C
8. Jose Constanza LF
9. Paul Maholm P
Martin Prado opened the scoring with a two-out single to center before Uggla yanked a towering blast to left for a 4-0 Atlanta lead. The Braves would push that lead to 6-0 in the fourth on a run-scoring single from left fielder Jeff Baker and a groundout by pitcher Tim Hudson. With Baker running from first, Hudson tapped a bouncer back to pitcher Wade LeBlanc, whose throw to second base was too late, preventing an inning-ending double play and allowing another run to score.
Hudson has struggled with allowing the big inning at times this season, and Monday's fourth inning was no different. Justin Ruggiano scored on a one-out single by Rob Brantly before Hudson induced a flyout from Gil Velazquez for the inning's second out. Miami was just getting started, though. Back-to-back triples from Bryan Petersen and Gorkys Hernandez plated three more to draw the Marlins within two. The Marlins tacked on another run against Atlanta reliever Cory Gearrin in the seventh on Carlos Lee's RBI single.
Martin Prado capped off his 4-for-4 night in the eighth with a one-out single to center to plate Jason Heyward, and Craig Kimbrel worked around an infield single from Jose Reyes in the ninth to earn his 37th save of the season.
Hudson improved to 15-6 after working five innings, allowing four runs on 10 hits. Wade LeBlanc allowed six runs on seven hits in just four innings of work and took the loss for Miami.
The Miami Marlins open up a three-game series against the Atlanta Braves, as Ozzie Guillen's team looks to play spoiler down the stretch. The Braves currently lead the first wild card by seven games, and trail the Washington Nationals by five and a half games.
Both Ozzie Guillen and Fredi Gonzalez have announced the starting lineups for Monday night's game.
Giancarlo Stanton is not in the starting lineup for the Marlins. Stanton reportedly has soreness in his side, and expects to play in Tuesday's game against the Braves. Stanton could be held out until Wednesday as a precautionary move, however.
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The Marlins open up a series against Atlanta on Monday.