The Braves, two days after being almost no hit by Julio Iglesias or Michael Buble, or whichever crooner the Reds sent out Wednesday, turned around and notched 13 hits and 5 runs to continue their winning Miami ways.
Julio Teheran wasn’t sharp, and isn’t that becoming a disturbing trend with Julio? – going 5 2/3 innings while throwing 103 pitches. He only surrendered 2 runs while doing so, and would have secured a win except for the absolute rocket that Cody Martin gave up to Giancarlo Stanton (his second dinger of the night) that tied it at 3 in the bottom of the 7th.
However, the Braves had their hitting shoes on. Phil Gosselin had three hits, and Todd Cunningham, up to take Kelly Johnson’s spot on the roaster while he’s on the DL, pitched in with 3 hits of his own, a nice running catch to rob Martin Prado, and his first big league RBI, which, oh by the way, was the winning run in the 8th.
Miami started off fast, with Dee Gordon continuing to hit anything round and white, coming around to score in the first on Marcell Ozuna’s single. The Braves answered in the second off David Phelps, with the big blow being Julio’s two out two run single after fouling off a number of nasty pitches. That set the tone, as the Braves answered every Marlin run-scoring inning with one of their own in their next at bat.
Stanton tied it up in the bottom of the 3rd with his first homer of the game, Teheran’s 9th long ball surrendered so far this year. But, the Braves seized the lead back in the top of the 4th, with Cunningham and Cameron Maybin putting up back-to-back doubles.
After Stanton’s cruise missile to dead center in the 7th, the Braves finished the scoring with Cunningham singling in Nick Markakis and Andrelton Simmons scoring on Christian Bethancourt’s strikeout/wild pitch that riccocheted off the Miami catcher into the dugout.
Jim Johnson worked around J.T. Realmuto’s lead-off double in the 8th (or as Chip said a number of times, T.J. Realmuto) and Jason Grilli pitced a 1-2-3-4 9th (the 4 being a one out walk to Stanton, which if you are going to walk someone in the 9th with a two-run lead, walking the guy who had hit 900 feet of homers is the one understandable guy to walk). Anyway, the Braves win, and swap spots in the standings with the Marlins.