The Miami Marlins broke a five-game losing streak on Friday night after they beat the Braves 4-1.
The Braves were never on top of things in this one, as the Marlins did most of their damage in the early stages of the game and proceeded to stifle the Braves for the vast majority of the game. After a scoreless first inning, noted Braves villain Justin Bour made a loud return from the 10-day DL by hitting a double. After Ichiro reached base via walk, Miguel Rojas hit an RBI single to put Miami on the board and then Jose Urena helped himself out by hitting an RBI single of his own to make it 2-0.
Folty was ahead of Ichiro with a 0-2 count before issuing a 7-pitch walk ahead consecutive 2-out RBI singles by Rojas and Urena. pic.twitter.com/DoQGcVYiI9— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) September 9, 2017
Derek Dietrich led off the next inning with a solo shot, and the Marlins were ahead 3-0 just like they were last night. However, with the way Urena was pitching, it sure seemed like it was going to be much tougher for the Braves to come back than it was back on Thursday night.
Aside from the second and third inning, Mike Foltynewicz didn’t have a bad night on the mound at all. He eventually made it through six innings while striking out 8 Marlins batters and only handing out one free pass. This was just one of those nights where mistakes proved costly since the offense was not at the races tonight.
Freddie Freeman was the lone shining beacon for the offense tonight, as he hit a solo shot in the fourth inning to make it 3-1. Other than that, the Braves couldn’t figure out Jose Urena and they didn’t do much better when he left.
Atlanta did have a big scoring chance in the seventh inning with the game still 3-1 to make things close. Dansby Swanson, Lane Adams, and Ender Inciarte managed to load the bases with two outs in that frame, but Jarlin Garcia got Ozzie Albies to ground out and the scoring chance was snuffed out right then and there.
The Marlins then blew the game open in the ninth inning in order to make sure that the game was completely out of reach for the Braves. The Marlins scored four runs in the ninth as they sent nine batters to the plate at the expense of Rex Brothers and Luke Jackson.
The top of the ninth ended 7-1 in favor of Miami and that’s how it ended. The two teams will be back at it at 7:10 tomorrow night as they’ll battle to see who will have the upper hand going into the latter stages of this series.