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Braves’ bats held in check in 3-1 loss to Marlins

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Atlanta drops second straight.

Atlanta Braves v Miami Marlins Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images

The Atlanta Braves dropped their second straight game Saturday night falling to the Miami Marlins by a 3-1 score.

Atlanta came up empty offensively for the second straight night. Neither team could get anything going in the early going as Anibal Sanchez and Wei-Yin Chen were in complete control through the first five innings.

The Braves threatened in the sixth with two runners on but Brian Snitker elected to send Sanchez to the plate with two outs rather than going with a pinch hitter. Sanchez struck out to end the inning and the threat.

That decision looked worse in the bottom half of the inning as Rafael Ortega hit a leadoff triple and then came home with the game’s first run on a sacrifice fly off the bat of J.T. Realmuto. Derek Dietrich followed with a single but Sanchez got Starlin Castro to fly out to center for the second out. He then issued a walk to JT Riddle prompting a visit from Brian Snitker along with the team trainer and would exit with an apparent injury.

It was later revealed that Sanchez left with tightness in his right hamstring after allowing four hits and one run over 5 2/3 innings. He struck out two and walked two.

He was replaced by Chad Sobotka who struck out Austin Dean to end the inning.

Sobotka wasn’t as fortunate in the seventh as he allowed a leadoff single to Miguel Rojas who then moved up to second on a sacrifice bunt by Magneuris Sierra. With one out, Don Mattingly called for Brian Anderson as a pinch-hitter who delivered a two-run home run to left to extend the lead to 3-0.

Atlanta’s lone run came in the ninth as Dansby Swanson hit a 431 foot blast to left center off of Marlins reliever Drew Steckenridge. Steckenridge recovered and retired pinch-hitter Charlie Culberson, Ronald Acuna and Johan Camargo to end the game.

The Braves managed nine hits in the game but were 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position. Swanson, Suzuki and Acuna all finished with two hits each.

The two teams will meet again on Sunday as the Braves look to end their road trip on a good note. Kevin Gausman will be on the mound for Atlanta while Pablo Lopez will get the start for Miami.