Braves rally to end Miami's winning streak
ATLANTA The Marlins scored seven runs on Saturday in a two-inning outburst, yet didn’t do much else with the bats.
That shouldn’t have mattered, yet it did.
Miami’s bullpen failed to lock down a four-run lead as the host Braves rallied to knock out the Marlins 8-7 on a single from Brandon Phillips in the bottom of the 10th.
The Braves, who trailed by a run before tying it in the ninth, snapped Miami’s three-game winning streak. The teams for the series on Sunday afternoon at 1:35.
“We just have to turn the page, go out there and not let this snowball,” said Dee Gordon, who drove in a run and made a spectacular defensive play to end an Atlanta rally in the sixth.
“We have been playing great baseball. We need to keep our heads up high. ... You can’t get complacent and feel like you’re going to win [a game] just because you have been doing so. This was a punch in the chest. We’ll get back out there [Sunday].”
Atlanta trailed 7-6 going into the ninth but got to closer A.J. Ramos quickly.
Phillips led off the ninth by doubling into left, then raced home with the game-tying run on a Nick Markakis double, which bounced off first base and bounded down the right-field line.
After getting the first out of the inning and intentionally walking Matt Adams, Ramos struck out Dansby Swanson and Danny Santana.
In the 10th, Atlanta had runners at first and second with one out after Ramos fielded a grounder and threw wildly to second in an attempt for the second out. Phillips then sent a shot into center for the win.
“The ball got away from me ... you saw the rest,” said Ramos (1-3), who gave up four hits and surrendered two runs in 1 1/3 innings. “This is going to happen from time to time, and although we don’t want it to nor is it a goal of ours, sometimes baseball happens.
“You have a bad game, things happen. We just have to keep working and know we can get the job done.”
Miami trailed 3-0 going into the fifth before getting to Atlanta starter Jaime Garcia by scoring five runs in the top of that frame.
The Marlins found themselves down early after Adams drove in three runs — two on a homer in the third.
Miami got its five-run fifth going when J.T. Realmuto led off with a single. He came home on a shot off the facade in the left-field mezzanine by Tyler Moore.
With one out, Christian Colon singled, moved to second on a balk and worked to third on a passed ball. Pinch-hitter Ichiro Suzuki then laced an RBI single to right to tie the score at 3.
After Gordon moved Ichiro to second on a grounder, Giancarlo Stanton was given a free pass. Christian Yelich then ripped a double off the right-field wall, bringing Ichiro and Stanton home to make it 5-3.
Miami extended its lead in the sixth — only not without a little controversy.
With one out, J.T. Riddle grounded into a double play, only Moore was ruled safe at second after a video review.
With two outs, Justin Bour came in as a pinch-hitter and singled to right, allowing Moore to come in and make it 6-3. Gordon singled in Colon to give Miami a four-run lead.
“We only scored in two innings, so don’t act like our offense was unbelievable,” manager Don Mattingly said. “We got five, then we got two. In the other eight innings, we didn’t put up much of a charge.”
Atlanta began its comeback in the sixth with two runs of its own and had a chance to score more.
With two in — Tyler Flowers led off the inning with a homer — and two out, leadoff batter Ender Inciarte grounded out to Gordon at second.
Gordon made a terrific, bare-handed, off-balance throw to beat Inciarte at first and finish the inning, keeping Miami’s two-run lead intact for the time being.
The Braves chopped into their deficit in the seventh on a two-out double by Adams. The run was scored by Flowers — who got on when Yelich misplayed a soft fly in center to extend the inning.
Atlanta had a nice scoring chance in the eighth against reliever David Phelps yet Danny Santana was stranded at third when Inciarte once again grounded out to Gordon.
Miami had Riddle in scoring position with two outs in the 10th before Colon struck out.
With the single on Saturday, Ichiro has a base hit in 41 stadiums used for Major League Baseball — including the Toyko Dome, which hosted Ichiro’s Mariners to kick off the 2012 season.
SunTrust Park is the 42nd stadium Ichiro has played in during his MLB career.
He failed to get a hit in his pinch-hitting appearance last season at Fort Bragg in North Carolina, where the Braves and Marlins played on July 3.
▪ When Bour went down with a bone bruise on his left ankle and was on the 10-day disabled list, the Marlins gave Moore the shot to fill in and the 30-year-old from Mississippi State certainly took advantage.
In the 10 games in place of Bour, Moore hit .361 with four homers and 12 RBI. Moore was back in the lineup in place of Bour on Saturday. Mattingly said Bour would return Sunday.
▪ Sunday: Marlins RHP Jose Urena (5-2, 3.70 ERA) at Atlanta Braves RHP Mike Foltynewicz (4-5, 4.37), 1:35 p.m., SunTrust Park.
▪ Monday: Marlins (TBA) vs. Washington Nationals (TBA), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.