The Miami Marlins defeated the Atlanta Braves 3-1 Sunday afternoon, ending a five-game losing streak. This has become a trend the past few weeks with the Marlins winning their fifth consecutive Sunday contest of the season -- Miami has a 6-19 record in weekday games during this stretch.
Mother’s Day 2017 was a pitching duel between Marlins young-gun Justin Nicolino and Braves veteran R.A. Dickey. Nicolino eventually won the battle with Dickey after giving up just one earned run -- a RBI single by Nick Markakis that scored Ender Inciarte -- on six hits in 6.0 innings of work. He also struck out five and walked four in the game.
Dickey was better than Nicolino for most of the game and held Miami scoreless until the seventh inning when the Fish bats finally awoke. Giancarlo Stanton lead off the bottom half of the seventh with a double to deep left. After retiring Derek Dietrich, Dickey walked A.J. Ellis to put two men on with one out for Tyler Moore -- who pinch-hit for Kyle Barraclough. On the first pitch of the at-bat, Moore swung and connected with a three-run home run to left center, giving Miami a 3-1 lead.
Outside of Moore’s heroics, the Miami bats struggled recording just four hits, while the Marlins bullpen was able to finish the game with a save by A.J. Ramos. David Phelps and Ramos recorded three strikeouts in the eighth and ninth innings and didn’t allow a hit in their relief.
Dan Straily will take the mound in hopes of continuing his good start to the season against Joe Musgrove Monday night at 7:00 p.m. on ESPN.