Atlanta Braves vs. Miami Marlins

ATL
3
MIA
9
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
ATL 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 3 6 1
MIA 0 4 1 2 2 0 0 0 X 9 15 0

Home Runs: ATL - Justin Upton (8)
MIA - Christian Yelich (1) , Marcell Ozuna (4)

Nathan Eovaldi pitched seven innings and the Miami Marlins scored nine runs off NL ERA leader Aaron Harang to beat the Atlanta Braves 9-3 on Wednesday.

0:49 | April 30, 2014 | Atlanta Braves, Baseball, Miami Marlins, MLB

Game Information
Location: Marlins Park, Miami, Florida
Attendance: 15,558

MIAMI (AP) Even the major-league ERA leader can make mistakes, and when he did, the Miami Marlins were ready.

Miami scored nine runs off Aaron Harang, including homers by Marcell Ozuna and Christian Yelich, to drub the Atlanta Braves for the second night in a row Wednesday, 9-3.

Harang (3-2) gave up 10 hits in 4 2-3 innings, and his ERA rose from a major-league low 0.85 to 2.97. The Marlins tied a season high with 15 hits, including seven for extra bases.

"They were all hitting like Ted Williams tonight," Harang said.

Miami scored only one run against the veteran right-hander in a loss a week earlier in Atlanta.

"When he did give us a pitch to do something with, we did a much better job of not missing it tonight," said Casey McGehee, who had three hits. "Against him in Atlanta, a lot of the pitches we had to hit we fouled off or missed or took. Tonight we took advantage of our opportunities."

Ozuna hit a three-run homer, and Yelich added his first home run of the year. The homers were the first allowed by Harang this year.

"Seven days ago to now, it's a totally different team," Harang said. "I had them totally baffled at home. They were comfortable today."

Adeiny Hechavarria legged out a double and a triple for the last-place Marlins, who have outscored the NL East leaders 18-3 in the first two games of their series.

The Marlins will sweep a series from Atlanta for the first time since 2009 if they can beat Ervin Santana on Thursday.

Miami's 9-0 lead after five innings was a rare luxury for Eovaldi (2-1), who has the lowest career run support among active major-league starters. He allowed only three hits and one run in seven innings to lower his ERA to 2.58.

"You try to get the guys back in the dugout as fast as possible and let them keep hitting," Eovaldi said. "I just attack and stay on them. When we have a big lead, don't be afraid to give up a run or two. Keep pounding the strike zone."

The Marlins are batting .215 on the road, where they're 2-10. But they're batting .307 in their spacious 2-year-old ballpark, where they're 11-4 to lead the majors in home victories.

"I love it. Keep it coming," manager Mike Redmond said. "Maybe we're starting to see a little change here at home where we're starting to get comfortable in this ballpark. They're starting to hit to this ballpark. It's not about swinging for the fences, because you can't play like that here."

The Braves totaled six hits, including Justin Upton's eighth homer. They've totaled five hits in the past two games against Eovaldi and Jose Fernandez.

"We're big-league hitters. We should be able to put some hits up against those guys," Chris Johnson said. "They're really, really good, but at some point, with them being in our division, we've got to be able to figure them out. We've got to put some runs on the board. There's no excuse for it."

Harang had allowed a total of three runs in his first five starts, but the Marlins scored four against him with four consecutive hits to start the second inning. Garrett Jones singled home the first run, and Ozuna followed with his fourth homer.

Hechavarria tripled and Yelich hit a two-run homer in the fourth to make it 7-0.

The nine runs allowed by Harang matched his career high. He fell to 5-5 in 15 starts against the Marlins with an ERA of 6.54.

Eovaldi allowed a double by Jason Heyward to start the game, then held the Braves hitless until the sixth.

Notes: Braves RHP Gavin Floyd is ready to come off the disabled list after recovering from elbow surgery a year ago, but manager Fredi Gonzalez was noncommittal regarding how he will be used. Floyd isn't scheduled to start this week. ... Marlins INF Rafael Furcal (hamstring) took grounders before the game is scheduled to resume his rehabilitation assignment this weekend with Triple-A New Orleans. ... Miami RHP Jose Fernandez estimated that in his victory Tuesday he threw 30 changeups, twice his previous high. ... Santana (3-0, 1.95 ERA) starts Thursday for the Braves against Miami's Henderson Alvarez (1-2, 2.73).

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Pitcher Matchup
Aaron Harang
Innings Pitched:4.2 (Loss)
H 10, R 9, 2.97 ERA
Nathan Eovaldi
(Win) Innings Pitched:7
H 3, R 1, 2.58 ERA
 

Miami batters
Player POS AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Christian Yelich LF 5 1 1 2 0 0 1 .292
Ed Lucas 2B 5 0 1 0 0 1 2 .444
Giancarlo Stanton RF 4 1 1 0 0 1 0 .269
Reed Johnson CF 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .286
Casey McGehee 3B 4 2 3 0 1 0 0 .297
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C 3 2 2 1 0 1 1 .299
Jeff Mathis C 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 .231
Garrett Jones 1B 3 1 2 2 0 0 0 .250
Marcell Ozuna CF 4 1 2 3 0 2 2 .310
Adeiny Hechavarria SS 3 1 2 1 1 0 2 .280
A.J. Ramos P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Brad Hand P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Nathan Eovaldi P 2 0 0 0 0 1 3 .182
Donovan Solano 2B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .217

Atlanta batters
Player POS AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jason Heyward RF 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 .206
Luis Avilan P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 -
Gus Schlosser P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
B.J. Upton CF 4 1 1 0 0 2 2 .213
Freddie Freeman 1B 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 .320
Gerald Laird C 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .167
Justin Upton LF 4 1 1 2 0 1 1 .326
Evan Gattis C 4 0 0 0 0 2 0 .270
Dan Uggla 2B 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 .202
Chris Johnson 3B 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .231
Andrelton Simmons SS 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 .289
Aaron Harang P 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
David Hale P 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .000
Ryan Doumit C 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .200

Miami pitchers
Player IP H R ER BB SO PC-ST ERA
Nathan Eovaldi 7 3 1 1 1 5 94-64 2.58
Brad Hand 1 2 2 2 0 0 18-10 6.28
A.J. Ramos 1 1 0 0 0 0 14-8 0.79

Atlanta pitchers
Player IP H R ER BB SO PC-ST ERA
Aaron Harang 4.2 10 9 9 1 4 93-62 2.97
David Hale 2.1 3 0 0 0 2 42-26 2.10
Luis Avilan 0.2 2 0 0 1 0 21-12 7.36
Gus Schlosser 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 2-1 4.91