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Marlins Vs. Braves Preview: Miami, Nate Eovaldi Looking For Back-To-Back Victories

At 13.5 games behind the Washington Nationals for the NL East lead, the postseason hopes for the Miami Marlins are certainly slim. But that's not the case for the Atlanta Braves, as they are just 2.5 games behind the Nationals and looking to continue to cut into that margin.

However, the Marlins slowed that hunt for the Braves with a victory on Wednesday night and can continue to throw a wrench in the plans of the Braves in an attempt to even the four-game series between the two with back to back victories.

Pitching for the Marlins will be Nate Eovaldi who has struggled in 2012 and was unable to earn his first victory until July. However, Eovaldi is 2-1 in his last four starts including a 5.1 inning performance against the Padres in which he allowed just one run.

Eovaldi will have to best Mike Minor for his third win of the season, who is coming off a victory of his own. In his last start on Saturday, Minor earned the victory after allowing just one run in eight innings against the Phillies.

The first pitch at Turner Field on Thursday is scheduled to be thrown at 7:10 p.m. and will be televised on Fox Sports Florida and SportSouth-Atlanta.

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