The Marlins series opener with the Braves went from good to bad to walk-off Monday night at Sun Life Stadium, as the Fish put a little kink in Atlanta's post season plans.
Against Mike Minor, Mike Stanton hit a mammoth home run into the upper deck to put the Marlins in the lead in the first, and he added another solo shot in the third to make it 2-0. The homers were Stanton's 33rd and 34th of the season.
Ricky Nolasco sailed along against the Braves and didn't give up a hit until Dan Uggla's infield single in the fifth. Unfortunately, the next hit he allowed was a solo home run to Jason Heyward in the sixth, which cut the Marlins lead in half.
Logan Morrison answered Atlanta with a home run of his own in the bottom of the frame, hitting a two-run shot that gave the Fish a 4-1 lead, but the lead was short lived.
For the second start in a row, the proverbial wheels fell of for Ricky in the seventh. The Braves put up four runs--three of those with two outs--and took the lead from the Marlins. Dan Uggla went deep to lead off the inning, and after two quick groundouts, Alex Gonzalez singled, and Ricky walked two to load the bases.
Mike Dunn replaced Ricky and attempted to record the final out of the inning, but instead gave up an RBI single to Michael Bourn. Ryan Webb was up next, and promptly walked Martin Prado to tie up the game. Next, Chipper Jones reached on an error by Omar Infante to give the Braves the lead. Uggs, who led off the inning, finished it off as well with a pop out to finally end the frame.
For the next two innings, Clay Hensley held the Braves in check, while Atlanta's bullpen did the same to the Fish. In the bottom of the ninth, however, the team got to Craig Kimbrel.
With two out, Emilio Bonifacio hit a ground ball for a single when Chipper Jones lost it in the lights, and Omar Infante crushed a walk-off home run to end the game.