The Miami Marlins appeared all but poised to go toe-to-toe with the Atlanta Braves and overtake them in the first game of their three-game set. The teams each failed to take advantage with runners in scoring position, leading to difficulties on either side in scoring. Both starting pitchers impressed, as Tom Koehler went six innings with a surprising eight strikeouts and two walks allowed in what appeared to be his best start. It certainly looked that way until Koehler gave up the game-tying homer in the fifth inning to Andrelton Simmons to erase the Marlins' early 1-0 lead.
The Marlins helped build that lead thanks to Garrett Jones's third homer of the season, which put Miami up 1-0 in the first inning. This was the 12th straight game with a home run for Miami.
The Marlins surrendered the lead run in the seventh inning, when Mike Dunn and Koehler combined for problematic results. Koehler worked himself into a jam in the seventh inning with singles from Simmons and Ryan Doumit, putting runners on first and third. Dunn entered to face the lefty Jason Heyward and allowed the lead run to score on a single, then walked B.J. Upton before being bailed out by A.J. Ramos.
The Marlins had a chance in the eighth inning, having loaded the bases on setup man Jordan Walden with just one out. But Casey McGehee struck out looking and Garrett Jones grounded out to end the threat then.
But the Fish garnered yet another opportunity in the ninth inning against super closer Craig Kimbrel. Jarrod Saltalamacchia drew a walk and Adeiny Hechavarria drew a catcher's interference call to get on base. Derek Dietrich entered as a pinch-hitter and delivered again with another huge hit, this time a double to left field, bringing home one runner (pinch runner Reed Johnson) and leaving runners on second and third with no one out. But Kimbrel struck back with three straight strikeouts as the threat quickly ended and the Marlins eventually pushed the game to extra innings.
In the extra frames, it was Arquimedes Caminero who was the victim of the latest bullpen failure. Dan Uggla led the bottom of the tenth with a single, and a few pitches later, Evan Gattis bombed one out to left field to close it out for the Braves.
Christian Yelich collected two hits in the game, extending his hit streak to 15 games.