Braves End Monday Woes With 8-2 Victory Over Miami

Socks up, runs up.

It turns out that all the Braves needed to do to break the Monday curse was to wear their socks up. All members of the Atlanta team and coaching staff (minus Tommy Hanson) wore their pant legs up, and Atlanta cruised to a 8-1 victory over the Marlins.

That gave the Braves their first win on Monday this season, and stops an 0-18 skid on Monday's going back to last season.

Things stayed scoreless until the third, as Tommy Hanson worked around two singles and two walks in the first couple of innings. Jason Heyward put Atlanta on the board with a monster home run to right field off of Mark Buehrle, giving the Braves a 1-0 lead.

The Braves added another run in the fourth as Paul Janish walked with one out. He advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Hanson, and scored on a single from Michael Bourn to make it a 2-0 game.

Miami finally got on the board in the fifth, as Emilo Bonifacio singled with one out against Hanson. Jose Reyes followed with a double to left field, scoring Bonifacio to cut things to a 2-1 game.

Martin Prado made the play of the day, throwing out Reyes at the plate on a bullet from left field.

Atlanta broke things open in the bottom of the fifth with a four-run outburst. Dan Uggla's double scored Jason Heyward and Freddie Freeman, while Juan Francisco's single scored Brian McCann and Uggla to make it a 6-1 game.

Hanson left after the fifth, finishing with a line of 5 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, and 4 K.

Heyward reached on a fielding in the sixth, and scored thanks to a Freeman single, and the Braves added another run in the seventh to make it 8-1.

Luis Avilan pitched the final two innings, giving up a run but nothing else to seal the 8-2 win.

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