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Homer dooms Miami Marlins in 10th inning loss to Braves

A homer that at first appeared to be a triple beat the Marlins on Saturday night.

But allowing two RBI to a pitcher who had never driven in a run in his career didn’t help.

The Atlanta Braves beat the Marlins 4-3 on Evan Gattis’ 10th-inning solo home run at Marlins Park.

Gattis, homer, his 22nd of the season, stayed in the ballpark but went over the yellow line in left-center field, which equals a home run. Gattis legged out a triple, but after a review he was allowed to walk the final 90 feet.

“Gattis has beaten us a couple of times — at least — this year,” Marlins manager Mike Redmond said of the Braves’ catcher. “I think he got [closer Steve] Cishek once, the one [Saturday night] and the only run against [Saturday’s starter Nathan] Eovaldi in Atlanta.”

This time, Gattis got Marlins reliever Bryan Morris (7-1).

Eovaldi, who entered Saturday on a four-game losing streak, escaped with a no-decision after allowing three runs in 6 1/3 innings.

He allowed all three of his runs in the fourth, a trend that Redmond and the rest of the Marlins’ staff are working with Eovaldi to correct.

“We have talked about the big inning for him,” Redmond said. “It is something that he has to get over the hump.”

Atlanta starter Alex Wood, who beat the Marlins 1-0 last Sunday, stretched his scoreless streak to 14 innings before finally giving up a run in the fourth. He finished the game allowing six hits, two walks and two runs in seven-plus innings.

Wood also lined a rare — for him — two-run single off Eovaldi. Before his hit, Wood was 2 for 63 — a .032 batting average — with no RBI in his career as a big-league batter.

Miami (68-72), which started the day in fifth place in the NL wild-card race, five games back, has split the first two games of this series.

The Marlins have lost four series in a row, two games to one, and that trend could become five on Sunday when Miami pitches left-hander Brad Hand against right-hander Julio Teheran. In seven career appearances against the Marlins, Teheran is 4-0 with a 2.31 ERA.

All three of Atlanta’s fourth-inning runs scored with two out. Left fielder Justin Upton was hit by a pitch, and Gattis singled to set up the rally.

Shortstop Andrelton Simmons hit a run-scoring single up the middle. The Marlins then intentionally walked center fielder B.J. Upton to get to Wood, who foiled the strategy by lining a 2-2 pitch to center for a two-run single. Gattis scored easily, but Marlins center fielder Marcell Ozuna nearly threw out Simmons at home.

The plate umpire ruled safe. Replays showed that Marlins catcher Jeff Mathis might have gotten the tag just in time, but a review that lasted 2 minutes 29 seconds upheld the umpire’s call to give Atlanta a 3-0 lead.

Miami scored once in the bottom of the fourth. Third baseman Casey McGehee drew a one-out walk and came around to score on first baseman Jeff Baker’s single.

The Marlins then loaded the bases with two outs, but Eovaldi struck out on four pitches to end the threat.

Miami tied the score on McGehee’s one-out, two-run single in the eighth. The Marlins might not have scored two runs there had Braves first baseman not bobbled a potential double-play grounder hit on the previous at-bat by Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton.

THIS AND THAT

• Miami gave Baker the start at first base in place of Garrett Jones, who was benched for the second day in a row because of a .206 batting average since the All-Star break. Justin Bour got the start at first on Friday.



The Marlins embark on a 10-game road trip after Sunday’s game that starts in Milwaukee for four games before playing three games at the Phillies and three at the Mets.

• Marlins right-hander Henderson Alvarez, who has missed one turn because of a left oblique injury, will throw a bullpen session on Sunday. If all goes well, he could go back in the rotation late next week.



• With the exception of the San Francisco Giants, the rest of the teams in the thick of the National League wild-card chase have been struggling of late.



Of the top five teams in the race, only the Giants are above .500 over their past 10 games.

• Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez, beaten twice in six days by Jarred Cosart, said he was impressed with the Marlins right-hander: “He has thrown everything for a strike with all his pitches — you can’t barrel it. He has a cutter that goes away from right-handed hitters. And he competes.”



COMING UP

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Sunday:

Marlins LHP Hand (2-6, 4.76 ERA) vs. Atlanta Braves RHP Teheran (13-10, 2.90), 1:10 p.m., Marlins Park.



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Monday:

Marlins RHP Brad Penny (1-1, 6.61) at Milwaukee Brewers RHP Yovani Gallardo (8-8, 3.43), 8:10 p.m., Miller Park.



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