Marlins win third consecutive game, first in new ATL digs
Welcome back, Justin Bour.
The Marlins first baseman kept up his torrid pace — when not on the disabled list — as he homered in the top of the fourth to help Miami blank the Atlanta Braves 5-0 in the Marlins’ first game at the new SunTrust Park.
Bour missed the previous 10 games after going on the DL with a bone bruise in his left ankle, yet his solo shot off the boulders beyond the center-field fence was his 14th home run since April 30.
Bour grounded out in his first plate appearance since coming off the DL on Friday before crushing a 1-0 delivery from lefty starter Sean Newcomb to make it 2-0.
“He had enough at-bats where 10 days wasn’t too much,” said manager Don Mattingly, who said Bour would likely take Saturday off and be back in the lineup for Sunday’s Father’s Day matinee.
Miami, which has won 16 of its past 24 and three consecutive games going into Saturday, took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Dee Gordon hit a lead-off single, stole second and raced home on a slicing double to left by Christian Yelich.
The Marlins loaded the bases (twice) in the sixth yet only snared one run after J.T. Realmuto hit into a double play, which at least allowed Giancarlo Stanton to come home and make it 3-0.
With two outs and the bases full, J.T. Riddle’s sharp shot was snared by shortstop Dansby Swanson, with the long throw forcing an awkward tag.
“We had the bases loaded and only get one [run]; you know you’ve left them in the game,” Mattingly said.
But Dan Straily (5-4) kept the Braves in check, giving up four hits in 6 1/3 innings and striking out eight. After giving up a single to Tyler Flowers with one out in the seventh, Jarlin Garcia came in and struck out the next two to end the threat.
The night didn’t start too well for Straily, as Ender Inciarte doubled to lead off the bottom of the first. Inciarte moved to third with one out, but Straily got out of the jam with a pair of strikeouts.
“The first inning, you set the tone for the whole game,” Straily said. “The last thing you want to do to start your day is have a runner at third on the third batter of the night. You just have to find a way to keep that guy from scoring.
“I was lucky enough to be able to mix up some pitches and get a couple of strikeouts to get out of the inning.”
Said Mattingly: “Getting out of that with nothing after the double … I thought it kept momentum on our side. [Straily] kept them off balance. You can’t ask for more than that in a game.”
Atlanta came close to tying the score at 2 in the fifth when Swanson — immortalized in Friday’s giveaway bobblehead — hooked a shot just foul over the left-field fence with Matt Adams at first.
Swanson eventually flied out to Stanton in right, and Straily ended the inning by striking out Johan Camargo.
The Marlins broke the game open with two outs in the ninth on a two-run single by Yelich, which plated Riddle and Gordon.
▪ Saturday: Marlins LHP Jeff Locke (0-2, 4.02 ERA) at Atlanta Braves LHP Jaime Garcia (2-5, 3.16), 4:10 p.m., SunTrust Park.
▪ Sunday: Marlins RHP Jose Urena (5-2, 3.70) at Braves RHP Mike Foltynewicz (4-5, 4.37), 1:35 p.m., SunTrust Park.