MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JUNE 07: Alex Gonzalez #2 of the Atlanta Braves celebrates his solo home run with teammate Martin Prado #14 against the Florida Marlins at Sun Life Stadium on June 7, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
If you like low-scoring games, this team is for you.
Alex Gonzalez's fourth-inning home run was Atlanta's only hit until the ninth inning and Tommy Hanson turned in another scoreless outing against the Marlins in a 1-0 victory. The win moves the Braves into sole possession of second place in the NL East and they deal the Marlins their sixth straight loss.
The home run was the sixth of the season for Gonzalez and his first since May 8, which also happened to be the date of his last RBI.
Both Hanson and Marlins pitcher Brad Hand pitched six solid innings. Hand was making his major-league debut, pitching for the injured Josh Johnson, and walked only one while recording six strikeouts. Hanson allowed only two hits, but served up five of the seven walks issued to Marlins hitters. He walked the bases loaded in the sixth, but induced a groundout from Mike Stanton with two outs.
A scary moment for the Braves came in the ninth inning. Martin Prado singled with two outs and tried to steal second. He was successful, but the throw from John Buck drilled Prado hard in the side of his left knee; he was able to stay in the game.
Craig Kimbrel nailed down the ninth for his 18th save.
The Braves have now scored two or fewer runs in 22 of their 61 games played.
Lowe vs. Nolasco on Wednesday.