Marlins Sink Braves, 4-3

Kevin C. Cox

A series lost that shouldn't have been.

That wasn't the way this was supposed to go.

But things rarely go the way they should or the way they're planned, and any given three-game set can go that way, no matter who it's against. A three-run first inning ignited by a 2-run single by Freddie Freeman and an RBI single by Brian McCann put the Braves in control looking for the series win. Unfortunately, that was the only offense the Braves could muster against Henderson Alvarez, who kept the ball on the ground on his way to a decent five-inning start. The Marlins bullpen cleaned up the next four innings, including two impressive innings from A.J. Ramos and a save by Trade Rumor-favorite Steve Cishek.

Tonight's game featured Julio Teheran as he looked to continue his rise toward the top of the rotation. It wasn't a terrible outing, but it wasn't great - 5 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 2 BB, and 7 K. He, however, racked up 104 pitches through 5 innings, leaving the rest to the 'pen. After David Carpenter got himself out of a jam in the sixth, Luis Avilan and Jordan Walden helped clean up the rest until Craig Kimbrel in the ninth. An uncustomarily' wild ninth from Kimbrel undid the Braves. Two walks - one to Ed Lucas and another to Logan Morrison - put a runner in scoring position for the Donovan Solano game-winning single.

The middle of the Braves order couldn't muster a comeback, and they took the series loss. Not the way they imagined the series would go.

Win Expectancy Chart

Source: FanGraphs
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