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Marlins Vs. Braves Preview: Miami Looks To Continue Impressive Month Against Atlanta

The Miami Marlins have been on an impressive road trip, which has helped them improve from a rather lackluster April. They are currently 12-3 in May thanks to the offense, averaging 4.7 runs per game and batting .255 compared to averaging 3.3 runs and batting .228 in April.

Marlins pitcher Ricky Nolasco is scheduled to start for Miami on Thursday night. In his last start against the New York Mets on May 12, Nolasco went four and two-thirds innings, allowing six runs and nine hits for his first loss of the season, dropping him to 4-1 with a 3.65 ERA.

The Braves counter with pitcher Brandon Beachy, also with a 4-1 record on the season with an ERA of 1.60. In his last start on May 12 against the St. Louis Cardinals, Beachy went six innings allowing only one run on two hits in a Braves victory.

The Marlins hope that the offensive production from players like Giancarlo Stanton who hit a two-run home run on Wednesday. Both Austin Kearns and Emilio Bonafacio each drove in a pair of runs to help the Marlins win 8-4.

The game is scheduled for a 7:10 first pitch from Turner Field in Atlanta. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Florida with radio coverage provided by WAXY 790 AM and WAQI 710 AM.

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