The Marlins left Atlanta Sunday with a bad taste in their mouths after the bullpen and defense combined to blow a five-run lead in the final two innings to deliver a walk-off win to the Braves. They had a chance for retribution as they kicked off a series with Atlanta Friday at Sun Life, and this time when the Marlins nabbed a 6-1 lead, they held on to it.
Andrew Miller and his hideous 'stache took the mound for Florida, while Kenshin Kawakami made the start for the Braves.
The Fish got off to a good start against Kawakami. In the bottom of the first, Cameron Maybin walked to open the inning, and Logan Morrison drove him in with a triple. Hanley added on with a double that plated LoMo, and the Marlins led 2-0 after one.
The Braves got back one of those runs in the top of the second. Alex Gonzalez singled and David Ross doubled, and then Kawakami helped out his own cause with an RBI single to center.
In the bottom of the third, LoMo hit a stand-up triple for the second time in the game, and Hanley walked to put runners at the corners. After Kawakami intentionally walked Gaby Sanchez, Chad Tracy doubled to drive in two. Gaby moved to third on Tracy's double, and scored on a sac fly by Brad Davis to give the Marlins a 5-1 lead and send Kawakami packing.
Andrew Miller got into trouble once again in the top of the fourth. He walked David Ross, gave up a single to Troy Glaus, and walked Omar Infante to load up the bases, but escaped the inning without giving up a run. Lucky for Andrew, the Braves were in a "leave guys on base" kind of a mood, which he benefited from on several occasions.
To celebrate, the Marlins added on again in the bottom of the inning against Scott Proctor. With two out, Hanley walked and scored on Dan Uggla's double.
It took Andrew Miller 103 pitches to get through five innings, so it was bullpen time in the sixth. In those five innings, he gave up seven hits and walked three, but struck out six and managed to hold the Braves to one run despite all the base-runners he allowed. You really can't be disappointed with that, considering it was an Andrew Miller start.
In relief on Andrew, Will Ohman pitched an inning and a third, Jose Veras got the last two outs of the seventh, and the recently-demoted Leo Nunez pitched a scoreless eighth. After that, the Hopper took care of the ninth, and preserved A-Mill's first Big League win since July of last year.