In their first matchup, Miami Marlins starter Nathan Eovaldi and Braves starter Aaron Harang were equally effective, with both going six innings and only yielding a single run. But in a rematch on Wednesday night, Harang wasn't nearly as effective and the Marlins' offense thrived for the second consecutive night in a 9-3, series clinching victory.
Facing Harang, the Marlins got off to a quick start in the bottom of the second inning. Casey McGehee scored on a Garrett Jones RBI-single to make it 1-0, and Marcell Ozuna took Harang deep to right center field to give the Marlins a four run advantage. Ozuna's home run was the first long ball Harang allowed on the season.
Miami scored in the third on a Jarrod Saltalamacchia sacrifice fly, and taking advantage of high pitches, the Marlins added two runs in both the fourth and fifth innings, punctuated by a Christian Yelich home run to right field.
Harang exited after four and two third innings, during which he gave up ten hits and nine runs while walking one and striking out four.
Atlanta struggled to rally against Eovaldi, whose fastball touched 97 mph consistently. David Hale followed Andrelton Simmons' triple with a sacrifice fly, but Eovaldi had control with a large lead. In his seven innings, he gave up three hits and one run while striking out five and walking one.
A.J. Ramos and Brad Hand, who gave up a late home run to Justin Upton, each pitched an inning in relief as the Marlins clinched a series victory.
Hero of The Game: Nathan Eovaldi (.144 WPA)
Goat of The Game: Ed Lucas (-.025 WPA)
Play of The Game: Marcell Ozuna's three run home run gave the Marlins an early 4-0 lead. (.119 WPA)