At least this one was actually competitive, right? Unfortunately, close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades, which means that the Braves were once again on the short end of things as the Marlins rode 2 7th inning runs to a 5-4 victory to complete the series sweep (their first home sweep of the Braves in 8 years) and continue their excellent run of form at home.
The game started off just like the other two games in this series did: The Marlins got ahead quickly, as an RBI double from Casey McGehee and a solo HR from Garrett Jones in the first two innings gave the Marlins a 2 run lead going into the 3rd.
The 3rd was when the Braves finally took the lead for the first time all series, as B.J. Upton hit a 3-run HR to left field to bring in Jason Heyward and the guy who loves hitting, Ervin Santana. The Marlins would immediately knot the game up at 4 in the next frame, which is when Adeiny Hechavarria brought in Jarrod Saltalamacchia on a Fielder's Choice.
After a scoreless 5th inning for both teams, the Braves reclaimed the lead in the top of the 6th when Evan Gattis hit one into the left field bullpen to put the Braves up 4-3. Henderson Alvarez finished the inning and was done for the day, pitching 6 innings with 4 runs allowed and 4 strikeouts. The 6th inning was also the last frame for Ervin Santana, who contributed another solid start for the Braves with his 6 innings of work, contributing 5 strikeouts with 3 earned runs.
The bottom of the 7th ended up being the biggest half-inning of the game, as Ian Thomas came in for relief and promptly gave up 2 baserunners to start the inning. After getting one out, Fredi Gonzalez went to David Carpenter out of the bullpen, and Carpenter proceeded to give up consecutive RBI singles to Giancarlo Stanton and Casey McGehee, respectively, to give the Marlins the 2 runs that they needed to pull ahead for good.
The Braves had a chance to tie it up in the 8th when Justin Upton led off that inning with a double. Dan Uggla nearly brought in Upton with one out, but Christian Yelich made an outstanding diving catch to rob Uggla and the Braves of what would have been a game-tying hit. Following the introduction of closer Steve Cishek into the game in the bottom of the 8th for a 4-out save (a novel concept, right?) after a Chris Johnson walk, Andrelton Simmons took a walk to load the bases for Ramiro Pena. Unfortunately, Pena struck out to end the rally and ultimately the last real chance that the Braves had to get a victory in Miami since Cishek then proceeded to complete the 4-out save in the top of the 9th.
The Marlins improved to 14-14 after the victory, which was their 6th straight win at home and 12 home win of the season. The Braves fell to 17-10 and now have no choice but to focus on trying to rebound back home in Atlanta against the San Francisco Giants this weekend.
But for now, one word: Ouch.