The Uggla Redemption continues. In the first inning, the Braves got singles from Prado and Freeman to bring Uggla up with runners first and third, one out. And he hit into a double play. After that, the Braves were sent down in order for five innings in a row.
Fortunately, Brandon Beachy was keeping the Marlins off the board. He had a few control problems but they took the form of deep counts, walking just three while allowing two hits, and striking out six in 7 1/3.
In the seventh, things happened. With two out in the top of the inning, Jose Constanza, playing center because the Braves, who neglected to have a real major league centerfielder to start the season have run out of fake ones, misplayed a ball badly, breaking back on it, then coming in, being well short of catching it but trying a trap; if he’d just played it straight, it would have been a single, but it turned into a double. That almost cost the game when the next batter hit a liner to deep left, but Hinske somehow caught it to preserve the tie.
Leading off the bottom of the inning, Prado singled, then Freeman singled to make it first-and-third with Uggla due up again. This time, he hit a homer to center and it was 3-0. In the eighth, Constanza singled in Brooks Conrad (after a pinch double) then scored on a Freeman sac fly.
O’Flaherty had pitched the last two-thirds of the eighth; Fredi actually pulled Kimbrel back and had Linebrink pitch the ninth with no trouble.