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José Ureña Shines as Marlins Down Braves 7-1

A win!

Miami Marlins v Atlanta Braves Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images

The Marlins (68-73) easily took care of the Braves (62-78) on Friday night by the score of 7-1. The victory knotted up the four game series at one game a piece.

Jose Urena (W, 13-6) continued his solid breakout campaign with another productive start. The only blemish was a solo home run given up to Freddie Freeman. There is no shame in that!

Urena went 6.1 innings, allowing one run on three hits and three walks, while striking out five. This marked his 11th quality start of the season which ties him with Dan Straily for the team lead. Urena lowered his ERA to 3.61 in the victory.

Justin Bour returned off the disabled list on Friday night and immediately made his presence felt in the second inning. He laced a double to centerfield off Mike Foltynewicz (L, 10-12) in his first at-bat off the shelf. Boy oh boy did the Marlins miss him! After J.T. Realmuto flew out and Ichiro walked, Miguel Rojas knocked in the first run of the game with a single. The next batter was Urena; I'm sure most people figured the inning was over. NOPE! Urena brought home the second run of the game with a single to right. You have to love when a pitcher gets the job done at the dish.

The Marlins tacked on another run in the top of the third. Derek Dietrich led off the inning with a solo home run to right field. That was the tenth homer on the season for the Marlins third basemen. After the Dietrich dinger, the game would remain 3-1 until the top of the ninth. Rex Brothers came into pitch for the Braves and he got knocked around. He allowed four singles, including an RBI double to Rojas, an RBI single to Dee Gordon, and a two run knock to Tyler Moore. A 7-1 lead with three outs to go feels much better than a 3-1 lead. That's for sure!

Jarlin Garcia, Drew Steckenrider, and Brian Ellington 2.2 scoreless innings in relief of Urena. Ellington made things a little bit interesting in the ninth innings by loading the bases. However, he didn't allow any of those runs to score and got the final three outs in the process. No harm done!

The Marlins and Braves will play game three of their series on Saturday at 7:10 PM. It will be Adam Conley for the Marlins and Max Fried for the Braves.