Delgado, Braves, shut down Miami, 2-1
Four Atlanta hurlers combine on two-hitter
After producing just two hits through the first three innings, the Braves (31-25) broke through in the fourth.
Brian McCann led off with a double to right and Marlins’ starter Josh Johnson proceeded to walk Dan Uggla. Freddie Freeman followed with a single to right to plate McCann and give Atlanta a 1-0 advantage. Jason Heyward grounded into a 4-6-3 double play, but Miami elected to intentionally walk Andrelton Simmons to get to pitcher Randall Delgado. Delgado made them pay by delivering a single to left center for what proved to be the game’s deciding run.
Delgado was perfect through four, but Miami (31-25) managed to slice its deficit in half due to a two-out RBI single by Bryan Petersen that scored Giancarlo Stanton. Stanton had led off the inning with a double.
With his pitch count at just 80, Delgado was lifted from the game with one out in the seventh after issuing a walk to Stanton.
Jonny Venters recorded the final two outs of the seventh and Eric O’Flaherty worked a hitless eighth to set the stage for closer Craig Kimbrel. Kimbrel notched his 17 th save of the year and didn’t allow a hit in the ninth.
Brian McCann, who went 3-for-4, had half of his team’s hits.
The Braves and Marlins are tied in second place and currently sit two games back of NL East-leading Washington.
By: Thomas "Bubba" Rosenbaum
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