MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JUNE 09: Brooks Conrad #7 celebrates with Jordan Schafer #1 of the Atlanta Braves after scoring against the Florida Marlins at Sun Life Stadium on June 9, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
The Braves entered this series with the Marlins having lost four of six, but a struggling Florida team was just what the Braves needed to get back on the right track. The Braves won each game by one run and extended the Marlins' losing streak to eight games. Here are some notes from the series.
The Braves sweep the Marlins in Florida for the first time since May 2 - 4, 1995. That year, Maddux, Glavine and Avery started in the series for the Braves.
According to Dave O'Brien, Martin Prado's knee is better, but still sore although the swelling is down. He might be available to pinch-hit Friday, but Saturday or Sunday is the timetable for his return to regular action. Prado was hit in the side of his left knee on a stolen base attempt in Tuesday's game.
Dan Uggla was 1 for 9 in the series. So much for the homecoming waking up his bat.
Alex Gonzalez was 4 for 13 (.308) in the series. He is now 13 for 46 (.283) in 10 games batting second in the lineup.
Chris Coghlan's 22-game hitting streak against the Braves came to an end Thursday; he went 0 for 4. It's about time; the guy's a pest.
Jordan Schafer hit his first career triple in the fifth inning of Wednesday's game.
The Braves played their 13th extra-inning game of the season Wednesday, their first extra-inning game in June; they played four such games in April, eight in May. They are 7-6 in extras.
The Braves offense batted .188 (19 for 101) in the series and was 5 for 17 (.294) with RISP.
Craig Kimbrel: 2 IP, 2 hits, 2 runs, 2 BB, 4 K
Rest of the bullpen: 6.1 IP, 4 hits, 0 runs, 2 BB, 8 K
Kimbrel's blown save on Wednesday was his fifth of the season; that's tied for most in all MLB. He extended his NL rookie record for saves before the All-Star Break with his 18th in Tuesday's win.
Scott Linebrink's save on Wednesday was his first since July 3, 2009 against Kansas City.
The Braves conclude their road trip with four in Houston.