Two three-inning runs for the Marlins helped them get their first win of a short two-game series over Atlanta, 8-4. Mark Buerhle receives his third win of the season and Giancarlo Stanton belted a two-run home run in the seventh to seal a big road win.
Hero of the Game: Austin Kearns (.021)
Goat of the Game: John Buck (- 0.06) (Buehrle received the same score, but since he got the win, he's off the hook.)
Play of the Game: Austin Kearns two-run RBI double in the fourth inning.
Coming into tonight's game, Miami struggled to find a win on the road. They had a seven-game losing streak on their backs coming into the capital of Georgia. Now, as many bad streaks have this season, this one is forgotten.
The Marlins did everything they could early to put some runs up for their starter Mark Buehrle tonight. Coming into tonight, the former White Sox ace couldn't get much run support. He didn't have that worry about.
A three-run fourth followed up by a three-run fifth put the Marlins in good position to end their division road losing streak, but it was Giancarlo Stanton who sealed the deal on each side of field -- a two-run home run in the seventh after making a leaping dive saving two runs in the fourth.
Buerhle had it all going for him. He did allow four earned runs in his six innings of work, however, opposing starter Mike Minor only went 4.2 innings while allowing the six runs in the two big middle innings.
Atlanta did try to make things interesting by scoring three in the sixth, but Steve Cishek and Randy Choate came in to secure that lead. Choate picked up six sixth hold of the season.
Omar Infante keeps his bat hot with a 3-for-5 night, all singles. Austin Kearns made his presence known through a two-double night as he brought in the pair in the fourth.
Atlanta and the Fish go back at it Thursday with a 7:10 p.m. first pitch.