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Braves Score Six In 14th To Beat Marlins 7-1

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Atlanta won the battle of the bullpens as the Braves offense broke the game open late. Justin Upton had three RBI.

Steve Mitchell

For the first 13 innings, this game featured about as tight a battle of the bullpens as possible. Then the 14th inning happened.

Atlanta scored six runs on four hits in the 14th to win the opening game of a three game series with the Marlins.

Mike Minor lasted 6.1 innings and retired the first 10 hitters he faced. Miami took a brief 1-0 lead on three singles in the fifth: Justin Ruggiano chased home Adeiny Hechevarria with a two-out single to left. Atlanta would tie the score the very next inning thanks to a leadoff triple by Jason Heyward, who later scored on a sacrifice fly by Justin Upton.

Miami would threaten in the sixth, loading the bases on a walk and two singles, but Minor struck out Jeff Mathis to end the inning and strand all three runners. Marlins starter Kevin Slowey allowed four hits in five innings, not allowing a run.

Following the sixth inning, both offenses completely shut down. Heyward's triple would be Atlanta's last base hit for a long time. After Logan Morrison was hit by a pitch leading off the eighth, 15 straight Marlins hitters went down in order before Giancarlo Stanton led off the 13th with a single off David Carpenter, who was in his second inning of work. Miraculously, Carpenter escaped a two-on-no-out mess in that inning thanks to a double play.

Entering the 14th, 24 straight Braves hitters had been retired by Miami's bullpen, but they finally broke that streak against reliever Chris Hatcher, who was just up from the minors. Hatcher walked Reed Johnson leading off the inning (which, as we all know, is never a good thing) and with one out, walked Jason Heyward. Justin Upton, who had Atlanta's lone RBI up to that point, finally broke the tie with a two-run double, but the Braves weren't done. An intentional walk and an infield hit followed, loading the bases. Gerald Laird, who had entered the game in the 12th inning, singled home two more runs. Chris Johnson lined a single to left that Ruggiano botched, allowing Laird and Tyler Pastornicky to score the final runs of the game.

Alex Wood finished the game with a scoreless inning. Andrelton Simmons was 0-for-7. Miami's lack of situational hitting cost them in this game, stranding 12 on base with just two hits in 10 RISP at-bats.

Source: FanGraphs