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Braves come up short in 5-4 loss to Marlins

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Atlanta had plenty of opportunities but were unable to breakthrough.

MLB: Miami Marlins at Atlanta Braves Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Braves pulled off another ninth inning comeback but fell 5-4 in extra innings to the Miami Marlins.

The Braves went right to work against Jose Urena as Ronald Acuña Jr. and Dansby Swanson worked back-to-back walks to start the game. Freddie Freeman made Urena pay with a line drive double off the wall in left center to put the Braves up 2-0.

After a quick first inning, Ian Anderon saw his pitch count start to rise in the second. Garrett Cooper grounded out to open the frame and then Anderson struck out Jon Berti for the second out. Jazz Chisholm then tapped back to Anderson in front of the mound, but he airmailed the throw into right field allowing Chisholm to reach second. Miguel Rojas followed with a double down the line in left to cut Atlanta’s lead to 2-1. Anderson then issued a free pass to Jorge Alfaro but got Corey Dickerson to ground out to second to end the inning.

Atlanta answered quickly against Urena in the bottom half of the inning. Austin Riley lined out to Rojas at short for the first out. Adeiny Hechavarria then grounded to Berti at third but the throw pulled first baseman Jesus Aguilar off the bag. Hechavarria was originally ruled out on the tag at first but replay overturned the call. Ender Inciarte followed with a liner to left that snuck under Dickerson’s glove. Hechavarria came around to score to make it 3-1 while Inciarte ended up at third with a triple.

Anderson went strikeout, walk, strikeout and walk to start the third. Aguilar scored on a Jon Berti single to make it 3-2 before Anderson struck out Chisholm to end the threat.

That would be it for Anderson who would exit after 83 pitches having allowed two hits, two runs (one earned) to go along with four walks and four strikeouts. He appeared shaken after the throwing error and never really found his groove again.

The Braves had not announced a starter for Tuesday’s game, but it will be someone other than Robbie Erlin who replaced Anderson in the fourth. Much like his most recent outings, Erlin struggled to miss bats as Rojas led off with a single and then stole second. Erlin recovered getting Alfaro and Dickerson to ground out for the first two outs but could not escape as Starling Marte doubled down the left field line to score Rojas to tie the game 3-3. Aguilar followed with a solid single to left that scored Marte to give Miami their first lead of the day. Matt Joyce then singled to right, but Cooper grounded out to end the inning.

Another chapter in the history between Ronald Acuña Jr. and Jose Urena took place in the fourth. After retiring the first two batters of the inning, Urena hit Acuña with a 2-1 pitch that ran up and in. Acuña threw his bat down in frustration and had some words for Urena and the Miami dugout before going to first. The umpires warned both dugouts after the exchange. Acuña then stole second but Urena picked him off with Dansby Swanson at the plate for the final out of the inning.

The Braves had Urena on the ropes early but were not able to knock him out. He would exit after allowing four hits and three runs over five innings. He walked three and struck out two while throwing 83 pitches.

After giving up the lead in the fourth, Erlin tossed two scoreless innings in relief. He allowed five hits and two runs and struck out one.

Atlanta threatened in the seventh against Marlins reliever Josh Smith as Hechavarria led off the inning with double and then moved over to third on a sacrifice bunt by Inciarte. Acuña then worked a 2-2 count before hitting a grounder to Rojas at short who threw home to cut down Hechavarria at the plate. Swanson followed with a two-out single to put runners at first and second. An errant pickoff attempt at second put runners at second and third. Freeman then worked a walk to load the bases. Don Mattingly would go to his bullpen calling for James Hoyt to face Ozuna who struck out to end the threat.

The Braves got the leadoff man on again in the eighth as Travis d’Arnaud worked a walk against Brad Boxberger. Nick Markakis then grounded into a fielder’s choice and moved up to second on a throwing error by Rojas. Markakis moved up to third on a slow ground out by Austin Riley but was left stranded as Hechavarria struck out.

Brian Snitker sent Adam Duvall to the plate to pinch hit for Inciarte in the ninth and the move paid off as he worked a 3-2 count against Brandon Kintzler and then launched a deep home run to center to tie the game.

After a ground out by Acuña, Swanson doubled off the wall in right for a double. Miami walked Freeman intentionally to set up the double play with Ozuna coming to the plate, but a passed ball allowed both runners to move up to second and third. The Marlins then intentionally walked Ozuna to set up a force. Travis d’Arnaud worked the count to 2-2 but grounded right to Chisholm on the second base bag who threw to first to complete the double play and end the inning.

A.J. Minter took over for Atlanta in the 10th with Garrett Cooper starting the inning at second base. Jon Berti dropped down a sacrifice bunt to move Cooper over to third. Mattingly then sent Brian Anderson to pinch hit for Chisholm, but the Braves walked him intentionally to set up a double play. Miguel Rojas then struck again driving a 3-2 pitch to the gap in right center for a double that scored Cooper to make it 5-4. An intentional walk to Alfaro loaded the bases again. Minter then got Monte Harrison to ground to Riley who threw home for the second out. Minter jumped ahead of Marte 1-2 who flew out to Acuña for the final out of the inning.

Charlie Culberson came on to pinch run for d’Arnaud at second to start the home half of the 10th with Nick Vincent taking over on the mound. Nick Markakis flew out for the first out. Austin Riley then drove one to the warning track in right for the second out with Culberson tagging up and moving to third on the play. Vincent then got Hechavarria to ground out to Rojas at short to end the game.

Atlanta suffers a frustrating loss and falls to 24-17 on the season.