"He had a tough game offensively until that point," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "The kid battled, and he's got confidence in himself. Good for him."
"You want to win games, but you also want to have the health of your players in consideration," Gonzalez said of not going to Vizcaino. "I think that was the right move."
The offense came out of the gates firing on all cylinders to begin the game.
Nick Markakis extended his major league lead with his ninth double to lead off the game. A Freddie Freeman single followed to plate Markakis. The Braves loaded the bases on back-to-back walks by AJ Pierzynski and Kelly Johnson to set the table for Jace Peterson, who smashed a bases-clearing double to deep center and gave them a 4-0 lead before the Marlins came up to hit for the first time.
"I don't know what I was thinking there. This is the second time I've seen him pitch under competition. I don't know what we have from him yet and we had a chance to get the sweep at that point and we had some matchups that were favorable so we took advantage of it," Gonzalez said.