MIAMI (AP) — Young right-hander Randall Delgado and the Atlanta Braves bullpen made their manager look smart.
Delgado contributed an RBI batting in the No. 8 spot, and after manager Fredi Gonzalez gave him a quick hook in the seventh inning, three relievers combined to complete a two-hitter and help the Braves beat the Miami Marlins 2-1.
“It all worked out, so the second guessing is for tomorrow,” Gonzalez said.
Delgado led 2-1 and had thrown only 80 pitches when he departed after allowing his only walk with one out in the seventh. Gonzalez liked the matchups he could get out of the bullpen, and he didn’t want his starter facing the heart of the Marlins’ order for a fourth time.
The strategy worked: Braves relievers retired all eight batters they faced. Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth for his NL-leading 17th save in 18 chances.