A frustrating game for the Braves ended in defeat in the 10th inning when a soft line drive off the bat of Jose Reyes allowed the Marlins to walk off. Atlanta was shut out through 8 innings by middling Marlins' starter Nathan Eovaldi before rallying in the 9th off of Miami's bullpen. Unfortunately, it would not be enough, as the Marlins rallied in the 10th off of Cory Gearrin.
The game looked grim right off the bat, as Atlanta displayed little patience against Marlins starter Nathan Eovaldi. Eovaldi, who came to Miami in the Hanley Ramirez deal, had posted an 0-4 record with a 7.53 ERA in his previous four starts. So, of course, he looked like Cy Young against Atlanta. Eovaldi threw 8 innings of 4 hit, shutout ball, allowing only 2 walks while striking out 5.
Paul Maholm looked good as well, but he did allow a run in the first when former Braves' prospect Gorkys Hernandez opened the scoring with an RBI single. The 1-0 score would hold until the 7th, when Peter Moylan gave up a 2 run moonshot to light hitting Marlins' catcher John Buck.
Steve Cishek came in to close the game out for Miami, and the Braves jumped all over him. An RBI single from Dan Uggla cut the score to 3-1, and a 2 run, 2 out double from Brian McCann knotted the score at 3-all. The Braves had a chance to win the game right there, but former Brave Mike Dunn managed to stop the bleeding.
The Marlins had runners at the corners with no outs in the bottom of the 9th, but Jonny Venters got two huge strikeouts to send the game to extra innings.
Cory Gearrin, who had gotten the last out in the 9th inning, was left in to face the Marlins in the 10th. Unsurprisingly, Gearrin gave up a hit to both lefties he faced, including Reyes' game winner that Jason Heyward almost made a play on. Gearrin has be nails against righties, but Fredi Gonzalez's insistence on running him out against lefties is frustrating to see.