Early Lead Sends Marlins Over Braves In Game Two

Everyone Contributes In Marlins’ Third Straight Win

Steve Cishek Marlins

The Marlins were able to win their third consecutive game, and move to 3-2 since the All-Star break with a 6-5 victory over the Braves last night.

Jacob Turner got the start and pitched well, allowing two earned runs over five innings while allowing four hits, two walks and striking out four.

Mike Minor opposed him, but the Marlins were able to score six runs off of the southpaw over three plus innings of work.

Miami took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning of this one. Christian Yelich, Donovan Solano and Giancarlo Stanton all singled to load the bases with none out, and the first run of the game scored on a double play groundball off the bat of Casey McGehee.

The Braves, however, tied the game with a run of their own in the bottom of the first on an RBI single by Jason Heyward.

The Marlins retook the lead in the top half of the third inning though, on an RBI double by Stanton:

Miami scored two more runs that inning on an RBI groundout by McGehee and RBI single by Jeff Baker.

Stanton’s 66 RBIs lead the way in the National League, and McGehee isn’t far behind as he has 57 RBIs to his credit.

Miami’s bats didn’t stay silent for long though, as they extended their lead in the top of the fourth on an RBI single by Yelich and an RBI groundout off the bat of Marcell Ozuna.

The Braves would score just one run until the bottom of the eighth inning though, when they made a strong attempt to tie the game.

That inning Tyler Pastornicky walked to lead off the inning, and after B.J. Upton was hit by a pitch from Mike Dunn Tommy La Stella brought a run home on a base-hit to right.

Two batters later, with Bryan Morris in the game, Heyward collected his second and third RBIs of the evening on a base hit up the middle, scoring both Upton brothers.

Steve Cishek came on to work the ninth and worked around a lead off single to strike out both Andrelton Simmons and Ryan Doumit en route to his 23rd save of the season.

With the win, Miami moves to 47-52 on the season but remain 8.5 games back of the Nationals for first place in the division.

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Matt Stein is a season-credentialed media member covering the Tampa Bay Rays and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, also assisting with coverage of USF Athletics. He attended the University of Tampa and graduated with a Bachelor's of Science in Sport Management.