Martin Prado was outspoken after the Marlins’ pair of losses in a doubleheader Monday night.
The Marlins’ injured veteran called for more energy particularly from the team’s young core of players.
On Tuesday night, the Marlins delivered their highest scoring output during an otherwise dismal month of August.
And still the Braves had an answer at every turn rallying twice and eventually beating the Marlins 10-6 at SunTrust Park.
The Marlins (48-74) dropped their fourth game in a row, fifth straight against the Braves (67-51) and lost for the 13th time in their past 15 games.
Miami is 2-11 in August and has lost 10 consecutive road games.
The six runs was the most the Marlins scored in a game since July 31 and was highlighted by J.T. Realmuto, who tied the game in the third with a two-run home run and gave Miami a 5-4 lead with a single in the fourth.
“We swung the bats better and we responded all night,” Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. “Our guys, J.T. gets us back in it. We swung the bats good, but in the sixth we lost momentum and didn’t do anything else.”
Realmuto has begun to regain his form at the plate recently. Over the past six games, Realmuto is 7 for 17 with a home run, two doubles and five RBI. He has also walked four times and overall has reached base in 12 of his past 23 plate appearances.
“He looks good again,” Mattingly said. “He went through a little stretch there after the [All-Star] break that he seemed off. Now, he’s seeing the ball better and his takes, his swings look a lot better.”
Pinch hitter Christopher Bostick, who made his Marlins’ debut on Monday, doubled to give the Marlins a 6-5 lead in the sixth after the Braves tied the game an inning earlier.
But that lead was also short-lived as Freddie Freeman tied the game in the sixth with a solo homer.
Atlanta then scored four in the seventh to take the lead for good on a single by Dansby Swanson and a three-run home run by Ronald Acuna, Jr., who continued his torrid stretch.
Acuna, Jr. became the youngest player ever to hit a home run in five consecutive games when he hit his third consecutive leadoff homer and second in a row on the game’s first pitch.
The Braves homered on the first two pitches of the game as Charlie Culberson followed suit off starter Trevor Richards on the next at-bat. Richards lasted only 4 1/3 innings and allowed five runs on 10 hits.
“They were hunting fastballs all night and they hunted the first two and hit them out,” Richards said. “I left them over the plate and they made me pay. He’s looking for fastballs over the plate and I didn’t execute them well enough. They leaked back over and I gave him some tonight.”
The Marlins traded pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne to the Los Angeles Angels late Tuesday night for cash considerations. Despaigne, 31, opened the season in the Marlins’ rotation before being moved to the bullpen and was eventually optioned to Triple A New Orleans. This season, Despaigne went 2-0 with a 5.31 ERA in 20 1/3 innings with 18 strikeouts and eight walks. Despaigne is 13-21 with a 4.76 ERA in 331 career major-league innings.
The Marlins had 39 players on their 40-man roster as of Tuesday night. With the status of Miguel Rojas (bruised left ankle) unclear as to whether or not the team will need to place him on the DL, the Marlins could promote a player from the minors. Outfielder Austin Dean, the club’s No. 28 prospect per MLB Pipeline, could be an option. Dean, 24, has hit .326 with nine home runs and 54 RBI in 87 games (316 at-bats) at New Orleans. Before that, Dean hit .420 with three homers and 14 RBI in 22 games (81 at-bats) at Double A Jacksonville.
Dean could play right field if Brian Anderson were to move back to third base while Martin Prado (on the DL with left quad strain) is out.
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