The Braves continued their woes with runners on base, leaving lots of men on the bases, but after getting multiple breaks the Braves' way, Nick Markakis came through with a huge 2 run single in the 8th inning to give the Braves a 4-2 win over the Marlins.
Williams Perez had another very decent start, going 6 innings with 7 hit, 2 earned runs, 1 walk, and 3 strikeouts. It has been en vogue to sort of discount Williams' successes as he outperforms his peripherals and sleep with angels when there are runners on base, but two of his three starts since he has been called back up to the rotation have been excellent (the other one...well, was not). He could be in the rotation for the forseeable future unless the bad Williams starts showing up more regularly.
Both runs against Perez came in the top of the third with a Marcell Ozuna RBI double and an RBI ground out from Justin Bour. Beyond that, Williams did a pretty good job limiting baserunners and kept the Braves in the game up until his exit after 80 pitches.
The Braves began to come back in the 5th inning with a Tyler Flowers double that scored Freddie Freeman. After Nick Markakis reached base, Jeff Francoeur would drive Flowers home with an RBI single he laced in to left field. Frenchy has been among the Braves hottest hitters (batting .556 over his last 6 games), which could cause some lineup tension going forward as the Braves try to give playing time to Mallex Smith in left field as well. The game was then tied 2-2 as the Braves squandered chance after chance to pull ahead by leaving runner after runner stranded on the basepaths.
After Bud Norris gave up a hit and a walk in his 1+ inning of relief, the Braves called upon Ian Krol to keep the game in a tie. Two force outs and a pickoff later and we were in to the Braves half of the 8th inning with Krol putting together a fine inning of relief. Kelly Johnson hit a bloop double to start the 8th inning for the Braves and after the Marlins intentionally walked Ender Inciarte with no outs, the Braves had yet another prime scoring opportunity. Of course that means that Gordon Beckham attempted sac bunt led to a force out at third (read Ivan's article as to why bunting is bad).
All was not lost though as Freddie Freeman would single and load the bases for the Braves with just one out. The go ahead run would have scored but Ichiro is still good at baseball and fielded Freeman's single very quickly. Tyler Flowers presumably grounded in to an inning ending double play, but the Braves challenged whether Flowers was safe at first (the first out being at the plate). The Braves actually won a challenge for a change which left the bases loaded for Nick Markakis. Finally, the Braves cashed in as Markakis hit a line drive that deflected off of former Brave and Marlins 3B Martin Prado's glove and scored two runs.
The fun didn't end there as Frenchy would add his 4th hit of the night and load the bases yet again for the Braves and bring Chase d'Arnaud to the plate, but he would pop out and the Braves would take a 4-2 in to the 9th inning.
Arodys Vizcaino came out in the ninth and gave us all reason to smile and got the Marlins to go down in order to secure the save. The Braves are now 4-0 against the Marlins on the season (13-34 overall).