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Braves Use Long Ball To Batter Marlins 7-1

I couldn't believe how far Juan hit that ball either, Ozzie.
I couldn't believe how far Juan hit that ball either, Ozzie.

Atlanta took the rubber game of the 3 game set with the Miami Marlins this afternoon, banging out 3 home runs to stomp the Fish 7-1. Tommy Hanson was incredibly wild, but somehow managed to limit the damage to one run.

Hanson was off his game today and it showed, as he walked a whopping 7 men over 5 innings. Additionally, Hanson's inability to hold runners was on full display, as Miami stole on him early and often, racking up 6 steals again Hanson in his 5 innings. Hanson managed to allow only one run despite all this, partially because he only allowed 3 hits. He also struck out 7 men, many in key situations to keep the Marlins from scoring.

Miami's only run came in the third inning, when Justin Ruggiano hit an RBI double. Donovan Solano scored from second, and Miami perplexingly sent Carlos Lee all the way from first base. Jose Constanza got the ball into Paul Janish who cut down Lee at the plate easily with a strong throw.

Atlanta broke through against Ricky Nolasco in the 4th inning. After Jason Heyward hit a one-out double, Freddie Freeman brought him home with a single to tie the game. Juan Francisco then stepped to the plate and demolished a Ricky Nolasco fastball into the upper deck in right field for a go-ahead 2-run homer. Much like Jose Reyes the night before, Big Juan took a moment (well, maybe several moments) to admire his craft.

Michael Bourn added a 2 run shot off Nolasco in the 5th inning to make it 5-1 Braves. Francisco chipped in again the next inning with an RBI single to make it 6-1. Jason Heyward closed the scoring by ripping an outside fastball down the left field line for an opposite field home run off of a tough lefty in Wade Leblanc. Francisco finished with a 3-hit, 3-RBI game.

Kris Medlen threw 3 no-hit innings in relief of Hanson, walking one while striking out 5. Jonny Venters worked a perfect 9th, striking out 2 and getting a groundout. It was a great sign for Jonny, as he looked much more like the Venters of old.

The Braves are off tomorrow before welcoming the Phillies to Turner Field for a 3 game weekend series.

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