Well, it's about time isn't it? The Atlanta Braves not only snapped a 4-game losing streak overall, but they also snapped a 3-game losing streak at Marlins Park with a 3-2 victory over the Miami Marlins, a victory that put them back on top of the NL East.
It sure seemed like this was going to be another long night in Miami for the Braves at the start of the game, though. After the offense squandered two hits to start the game from Jason Heyward and B.J. Upton, Julio Teheran got one out in the bottom half of the first before Ed Lucas got on base and brought Giancarlo Stanton to the plate. With the count at 2-1, Teheran threw an 82-mph slider that Stanton hit all the way to the American Airlines Arena and it landed on Lance Stephenson's head during the Indiana Pacers-Miami Heat Eastern Conference Finals game. Seriously. That actually happened. Anyways, Stanton's 16th HR of the season put the Marlins up by 2, and it sure seemed like both teams were ready to follow the script that was written during the Braves' first trip to Miami earlier this season.
Both pitchers went on cruise control until the 6th inning, which is when the Braves got on the scoreboard. After a Justin Upton walk and a single from Evan Gattis, Chris Johnson made himself useful by hitting one out to left that brought in Upton to give the Braves their first run of the game. The rally was then snuffed out with the very next batter, as Andrelton Simmons hit one right at Ed Lucas, who then flipped it to Adeiny Hechavarria for a double play. Tommy La Stella then popped out to end the ining.
Tom Koehler made it through 7 innings tonight, but the 7th and final inning of his start was when he got dinged the hardest. Julio Teheran got his 2nd hit of the night with a ground ball double that hugged the right-field line, and Jason Heyward not only brought him in, but he hit a triple of his own to give the Braves their 2nd run of the night to tie the game. B.J. Upton completed his productive night at the plate by hitting a liner to Christian Yelich in left that was deep enough to bring in Heyward for what turned out to be the winning run.
Julio Teheran got through the 7th with no problems and got one out in the 8th before coming out of the game with another strong performance under his belt. His past three starts have been excellent and he has solidified himself as the ace of this staff and is also showing the ability that had us all excited back when he was called up to the big leagues back in 2011.
Meanwhile, Luis Avilan came in for a lefty-vs.-lefty matchup and did his job, then David Carpenter came in for a righty-vs.-righty matchup and did his job. Considering the travshamockeries that went down late in games against the Red Sox, this was a very pleasant sight to see.
After a quiet 9th inning at the plate for the Braves, Craig Kimbrel came in for the finish. 3 fly-outs later, the game was over and the Braves had earned win #29. With the past few games that the Braves had (both against Boston and in this ballpark), a come-from-behind victory with a solid performance from the bullpen and great production at the top of the lineup, this was just what the doctor ordered.