Marlins 7, Braves 0

Miami Marlins, Nathan Eovaldi relish rare run support

 

The Marlins built a seven-run lead in the first three innings, and Nathan Eovaldi took advantage of the unusual cushion.

 
The Miami Marlins' Nathan Eovaldi delivers a pitch against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Turner Field in Atlanta on Sunday, September 1, 2013.
The Miami Marlins' Nathan Eovaldi delivers a pitch against the Atlanta Braves during the first inning at Turner Field in Atlanta on Sunday, September 1, 2013.
CURTIS COMPTON / MCT

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Nathan Eovaldi did not die and go to heaven Sunday.

But he probably felt like he did when the Marlins treated the run-deprived right-hander to a scoring windfall he very rarely experiences — seven giant runs in the first three innings of a 7-0 blowout of the Atlanta Braves.

“I’m sure Eovaldi was wanting to jump up and down in the dugout when we were scoring those runs because he hasn’t gotten a whole lot of run support,” manager Mike Redmond said.

Said Eovaldi: “It was awesome.”

That’s right. Blowout. As in a word you seldom hear mentioned in the same breath with the Marlins, unless they’re the ones on the losing end of the equation.

“We needed one of those,” Redmond said.

Even though he yielded two runs or fewer in six of his eight starts since the All-Star break, Eovaldi had gone 0-5 during that span.

He was stingy once again at Turner Field. Only this time he emerged with a victory after inheriting a large early lead that left him in charge. Eovaldi struck out six, scattered seven hits and helped bring an emphatic end to the Marlins’ six-game losing streak.

It was Eovaldi’s pitching and the Marlins’ surprising offensive display that brought an end to the skid.

In all, the Marlins collected 13 hits. Jeff Mathis, the Marlins’ light-hitting catcher, contributed a solo home run and two-run double, which brought an end to Alex Wood’s outing.

The Marlins peppered Wood for seven runs on eight hits and a pair of walks in the game’s first three innings.

Eovaldi did the rest, holding the Braves scoreless over eight innings. He was hoping Redmond would allow him to finish it off and deliver his first complete game.

“C’mon Red,” Eovaldi told the manager after throwing 102 pitches and being informed that Steve Cishek would work the ninth.

It marked only the second time in his career he lasted as long as eight frames. He also pitched eight scoreless innings last Sept. 18 against the Braves.

• Giancarlo Stanton tweaked his right ankle when he stepped on first bag awkwardly in the third inning. He remained in the game for two more at-bats before being taken out in the seventh.

“It should be all right,” Stanton said. “We’ll see how it feels [Monday].”

• Brian Flynn is expected make Wednesday’s start for the Marlins at Wrigley Field in what will represent his major-league debut. The 23-year-old lefty was one of three players acquired by the Marlins in last year’s deal with Detroit that sent Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante to the Tigers.

• Chris Coghlan, who has experienced a roller coaster career of highs and extreme lows for the Marlins, rejoined the team Sunday after spending most of the past three months on the disabled list with right calf nerve irritation stemming from a back injury.

“I’ve had my fair share of lumps,” Coghlan said Sunday.

Coghlan was inserted in right field as a late-inning defensive replacement on Sunday and lined out to the pitcher in his only at-bat.

In addition to Coghlan, the Marlins added two other players to their roster: relievers Chris Hatcher and Zach Phillips. Both were brought up from TripleA New Orleans. The Marlins are expected to call up several more players later in the week.

Coming up

•  Monday: Marlins RHP Henderson Alvarez (2-5, 3.76 ERA) at Chicago Cubs LHP Travis Wood (8-10, 3.09), 2:20 p.m., Wrigley Field.

•  Tuesday: Marlins RHP Tom Koehler (2-5, 3.76) at Cubs RHP Edwin Jackson (7-14, 4.90), 8:05 p.m., Wrigley Field.

•  Scouting report: Alvarez is coming off a rain-shortened start lasting only 12/3 innings in Washington last week. Alvarez has gone 0-2 with a 6.41 ERA over his four starts since Aug. 6.

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