I recall that not too long ago, Ervin was leading the league in era, but his last three starts have been painful. Thankfully he was pretty decent tonight going 6 innings giving up 7 hits and 3 runs, winning his first start since May 10.

The Really Good: The Braves, now 30-25, scored nine runs on twelve hits: three in the 3rd, two more in the 4th, one in the 7th, and three insurance runs in the 9th.
Freddie Freeman drove in two in the third with a double to right.
Is anyone still griping about Jason Heyward batting in the 1 hole? With 30 hits in his last 27 games, it looks like he is starting to provide some much needed help for the Braves offense. He drove in two runs with a single in the fourth, putting the Braves up 5-0.
Tommy La Stella got two hits, a walk and an RBI in the 7th, pushing the braves to 6-3. He’s no Dustin Pedroia, but isn’t it nice to have a second baseman who is not an automatic out?
Gerald Laird had two hits and scored three times. I wonder if he’s ever scored 3 runs in a game?
BJ continues to look good, especially that he’s not whiffing every time up. He had two hits and walked in the 9th to push a run across. His average is now up to .216.
Luis Avilan looked good in his 1/3 of an inning. Anthony Varvaro had a good 7th.
Shae Simmons got his first appearance and looks like he could be an 8th inning answer to the Braves woes.
Craig Kimbrel had good stuff getting his 15th save of the season, tying Smoltzy with 154 to lead the Braves all-time.

The Not So Good: The braves left 12 men on base.
David Carpenter needs to go away, and David Hale may have a better career ahead of him as a baseball statistician than a pitcher.
I thought we were going to get out of this game without an error, but that was not to be. Craig Kimbrel came on in the bottom of the ninth with two runners on, got Stanton to hit sharply to Chris Johnson, who made a good play. However, Ramiro Pena booted the fielder’s choice throw my grandma could’ve caught. Thankfully, Kimbrel then got Casey McGehee to end the game with a soft roller to short.

Still, really nice job tonight… we are now two up on the Marlins.