The Miami Marlins were close enough to return from what seemed like a lost affair early in the game. The Fish got down early 5-0 within the first four innings with Jacob Turner struggling to hold back a mediocre Atlanta Braves offense. Turner's rough inning came in the third. Gerald Laird lead off with a single. With one out, Ervin Santana tried to sacrifice bunt the runner over, but popped up the bunt and almost caused a double play when Turner made a quick catch. After a Jason Heyward walk, B.J. Upton hit a line drive that almost led to Laird getting doubled off at second base. The runs came poring in afterward. Freddie Freeman scored two runners with a double, and Justin Upton scored him with a single to make it 3-0.
Jacob Turner finished the day with five innings pitched and five runs allowed, with four walks and four strikeouts to his name.
Eventually, Miami went down 5-0 by the fourth, but the Fish began a mini-comeback with a Derek Dietrich RBI single following a Christian Yelich triple. Miami continued the approach in the sixth inning having done the exact opposite, with Dietrich hitting a triple leading to Yelich scoring after a single. Two players later, Casey McGehee hit a sacrifice fly to make it a 5-3 game, but Garrett Jones hit into a double play to end the potential threat.
Miami pulled to as close to 6-5 in the eighth inning, when Miami's top of the lineup struck again. Giancarlo Stanton singled and scored on a McGehee double, and Marcell Ozuna singled two batters later to pull the Fish within a run.
But unfortunately, the bullpen could not sustain the potential comeback with a poor performance in the ninth. A.J. Ramos walked three batters (one intentional) and was not helped by an error by Jarrod Saltalamacchia on a bunt grounder. Three runs later, the Marlins were buried in a 9-5 defeat.
The Fish will turn to Nathan Eovaldi to prevent the sweep in tomorrow's contest.
Hero of the Game: Marcel Ozuna (0.119 WPA)
Goat of the Game: Jacob Turner (-0.292 WPA)
Play of the Game: Freddie Freeman doubled in the third inning. Gerald Laird and Jason Heyward scored. (-0.238 WPA)