Three-Run First Dooms Atlanta in 4-2 Loss to Miami

August 1, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Miami Marlins center fielder Emilio Bonifacio (1) celebrates scoring a run in the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE

Looking back on this game, Ben Sheets and the Braves will just wish they could have the first inning back. Miami singled five times against Sheets in the first, scoring three times en route to a 4-2 win over Atlanta.

Emilio Bonifacio started the game off with a bunt single, and promptly stole second. A Donnie Murphy single and a sacrifice bunt from Jose Reyes put runners on second and third for Carlos Lee, who blooped a single in front of Reed Johnson to score Bonifacio and make it a 1-0 game.

Singles from Greg Dobbs and Bryan Peterson scored Murphy and Lee to up the Marlins' advantage to 3-0.

Atlanta plated its first run in the bottom of the second against Wade LeBlanc, as Paul Janish blooped in a double with runners on first second to score Dan Uggla and make it a 3-1 game.

Petersen made a great attempt at the catch, but rolled over on his wrist and it looked like he broke it at first glance. Thankfully, that wasn't the case.

Janish made a diving attempt of his own in the bottom of the third, and came with a fantastic catch on a Jose Reyes pop-up.

The Marlins added a fourth run in the fourth inning thanks to an error from Martin Prado. Scott Cousins singled, and then came around to score on a double from the pitcher LeBlanc to make it a 4-1 game.

LeBlanc left after recording one out in the fifth, finishing with a line of 4.1 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K. Not bad for his first start of the year.

The Braves added a run against reliever Carlos Zambrano on a Dan Uggla double in the sixth, but the 4-2 deficit would be as close as Atlanta got.

After the rough first, Ben Sheets was nails the rest of the way, scattering six hits over his last 5.2 innings while striking out eight and walking just one.

Steve Cishek recorded his fifth save of the season tonight as Miami snapped Atlanta's seven game winning streak.

The Braves went 2-10 with runners in scoring position, and left nine men on base. Hard to win that way.

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