Surprise! Another extra-inning game for the Braves!
Both Lowe and Ricky Nolasco had mediocre numbers against their respective opponents, but they kept the game to another low-scoring contest. The Braves kicked off the scoring with Brian McCann's two-out double in the first inning to score Jordan Schafer. They would've scored more, but Chris Coghlan robbed Alex Gonzalez of a sure extra-base hit diving toward the outfield wall.
Lowe's performance, meanwhile, was reminiscent of his May 6 start in Philadelphia when he carried a no-hitter for six innings. He retired the side in the first inning and following a leadoff walk in the second, retired 16 straight batters before Greg Dobbs singled with one out in the seventh. Lowe loaded the bases with two outs and was pulled for Eric O'Flaherty. The Marlins countered with pinch-hitting Mike Stanton, but Stanton struck out swinging to end the threat.
Nolasco allowed one more run before being pulled in the eighth. Jordan Schafer tripled with two outs in the fifth and scored on Alex Gonzalez's single to center. The triple was the first of Schafer's career.
Jonny Venters did his job in the eighth, and Craig Kimbrel was brought on to close the door once again in the ninth. He struck out the first two hitters he faced, but walked Logan Morrison and surrendered a double to John Buck to bring up Mike Stanton. He didn't fail this time, driving a single to right to tie the game. The blown save was Kimbrel's fifth of the year.
The Marlins sent former Brave Mike Dunn out in the 10th for his second inning of work after working a scoreless ninth. He struck out Alex Gonzalez leading off and walked Chipper Jones before allowing a sharp single to Brian McCann. Freddie Freeman followed by delivering a base hit up the middle to score Chipper. Lefties had only been 5 for 35 against Dunn before McCann's hit.
Following Kimbrel's outing, the ball was given to Scott Proctor to close the game. He retired the leadoff hitter, but gave up a one-out double to Chris Coghlan, giving him a 22-game hitting streak against the Braves. Proctor was pulled after a walk to Omar Infante in favor of George Sherrill and he struck out Greg Dobbs on three pitches. Another pitching change brought in Scott Linebrink and he struck out Gaby Sanchez looking to end the game. The save was the first for Linebrink since July 3, 2009.
The Braves are now 7-6 in extra innings; the Marlins fall to 4-7 in extras.
Atlanta looks for the sweep on Thursday; Jurrjens vs. Volstad.