Nine innings were not enough on a Sunday afternoon from Marlins Park. But the Atlanta Braves pounded reliever Tayron Guerrero in the 10th, plating two runs and completing a series sweep over the Miami Marlins, 3-1.
Pablo López began the day for Miami, and this start was much better than his last in Philadelphia. Lopez shut down the Atlanta lineup, producing six scoreless frames, allowing three hits, one walk and striking out six.
✅✅✅ Six scoreless innings brings him down to a 4.03 ERA https://t.co/XyHf8InD2E— Fish Stripes (@fishstripes) May 5, 2019
Marlins manager Don Mattingly made a questionable decision, pulling López from the contest after tossing 88 pitches and cruising along.
Drew Steckenrider entered to pitch the seventh. A formidable setup man for the Marlins most of last season, he continues to be vulnerable to the long ball. Braves’ Nick Markakis belted a solo home run to right field to open the scoring.
Julio Teheran was making his 21st career start against the Marlins Sunday, and he did not disappoint one bit. Teheran held the Marlins in check through six innings and did not allow a hit until Martín Prado led off the bottom of the fourth with a single to right. Teheran exited the ballgame after 103 pitches.
However, the Marlins didn’t go down quietly. Brian Anderson was able to deliver a game-tying RBI single in the eighth inning off the Braves’ Josh Tomlin.
Adam Conley tossed a scoreless eighth and Sergio Romo tossed a scoreless ninth.
But when it was all said and done, it was not enough. A well-placed Ender Inciarte double against Guerrero brought pinch-runner Max Fried all the way around from first.
It is the third time this season that the Marlins have been swept at Marlins Park; the Mets and Cubs were each able to accomplish that in April.
The Marlins fall to 9-24 on the season, which is the worst mark thus far in Major League Baseball. Miami also drops to 6-15 at home, which is the most home losses in the league, too.
The Marlins will now embark on a seven-game road trip, opening a four-game set against the Chicago Cubs on Monday. Sandy Alcantara will get the nod and will look for a better outing—in his last start at Cleveland, Alcantara was rocked for seven hits and four runs in 5.1 innings of work. The Cubs have not announced an official starter yet, but the projected choice is veteran left-hander Cole Hamels. First pitch is approximately 8:05 p.m. ET.
Braves vs. Marlins box score (MLB.com)
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