Atlanta Braves (30-25) at Miami Marlins (28-27), 1:10 p.m. (ET)

 

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(SportsNetwork.com) - Nathan Eovaldi will try to win a season-high third straight start on Sunday afternoon as the Miami Marlins wrap a three-game series with the Atlanta Braves.

Eovaldi has won back-to-back starts for the first time this season and has done so after giving up six runs over 4 1/3 innings in a loss to the San Francisco Giants on May 15.

Following a 14-5 win over Philadelphia, the right-handed Eovaldi held the Washington Nationals to a pair of runs on three hits and a walk in 6 1/3 frames of work. That improved him to 4-2 on the season with a 3.36 earned run average.

"I was attacking the strike zone early, trying to get us back in the dugout as soon as possible and we scored runs early," said Eovaldi.

The 24-year-old has faced the Braves twice this season and done well, going 1-0 while allowing only two runs -- one earned -- over 13 innings. That has upped his career numbers against the club to 2-1 with a 1.80 ERA in eight meetings.

Atlanta starter Aaron Harang didn't have as much success the last time he toed the rubber in this matchup and hopes for better luck today.

The 36-year-old Harang held the Marlins to a run over six innings of a no- decision at home on April 23, but was then blitzed for nine runs in just 4 2/3 frames of a loss in Miami on April 30. The defeat dropped Harang to 5-5 lifetime against the franchise with a 6.54 ERA.

Harang is winless in his past three starts overall, but he did pitch well versus Boston on Tuesday. The right-hander lasted six innings and gave up two runs on seven hits and a walk with seven strikeouts, not factoring into a 6-3 loss.

Overall this season, Harang is 4-4 with a 3.29 ERA.

Harang will try to pitch the Braves to a sweep of this series as the club looks to get on track after dropping four in a row before heading to Miami.

Jason Heyward and Freddie Freeman both drove in two runs in Saturday's 9-5 victory, while Gerald Laird had two hits and scored three times.

Ervin Santana got the win with six innings of three-run ball as the Braves moved two games up on the Marlins for first place in the NL East and evened the season series at four games apiece.

Craig Kimbrel got out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth to secure his 15th save of the season and tie John Smoltz for the franchise save record with 154.

"It is nice to say I am a part of something like that," Kimbrel said of the milestone. "I have had a lot of opportunities. I have played on good ball teams for three, four years."

It was a less-eventful day for Marlins starter Jacob Turner, who gave up five runs -- four earned -- on seven hits and four walks over five innings.

"We're walking way too many guys and then you cap that off with the sloppy defense," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "We're going up against the best teams in baseball. For us to think we can compete with them we have to play better."

Christian Yelich went 3-for-4 with two runs scored while Derek Dietrich and Casey McGehee both supplied two RBI in the Marlins' second straight loss.

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