The Braves broke a nine-game losing streak against teams that aren’t the Mets. They still didn’t hit well with runners on base, but on the two occasions they got a hit, it was a three-run homer. That’ll work.
It started off like a lot of these games have recently, with the Braves stranding a lot of runners. The Marlins had a second-and-third, one-out situation in the fifth and they cashed in, when Emilio Bonifacio — who is rapidly approaching Victorinian levels of being annoying — singled one home, but they held up the second runner and Mike Minor pitched his way out of it. Minor wound up going 5 2/3, striking out five, allowing just four hits but also walking four.
Finally, in the sixth, the Braves got the big blow they’ve been missing for over a week now. After Dan Uggla walked and Matt Diaz singled, Brian McCann hit a homer over the center field wall to make it 3-1. And then, in the seventh, after Chipper Jones singled and Freddie Freeman walked, Uggla hit a three-run homer to make it 6-1. The last run came on a Michael Bourn sac fly in the ninth.
Peter Moylan pitched a third of an inning, got a strikeout, and wound up with the win. Eric O’Flaherty pitched a perfect seventh — of course. Arodys Vizcaino started the eighth; he got two outs but allowed two singles, and Jonny Venters finished the inning. Scott Linebrink pitched the ninth, because when he gets in trouble you have enough time to get Craig Kimbrel loose. Linebrink actually pitched well, allowing just a swinging-bunt hit and capping things with a strikeout. Go figure.