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Braves look to snap skid Sunday against Marlins

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Drew Smyly will match up against Pablo Lopez Sunday.

Atlanta Braves v Philadelphia Phillies Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images

After yet another painful loss, the Atlanta Braves will try to pick up the pieces again Sunday when they wrap up a three-game series against the Miami Marlins. Atlanta dropped the first two games of the series falling 4-3 Friday while suffering a 4-2 loss Saturday. They enter play Sunday with a 29-33 record and six games behind the NL East leading Mets.

Drew Smyly will get the start for Atlanta Sunday and needs to turn his season around after two months of struggles. The good news is that Smyly has allowed three earned runs or less in five of his last six starts. The bad news is that he has lasted just 4 1/3 innings in each of his last two starts. Home runs continue to be a huge issue for Smyly who has allowed 15 in 51 innings this season. Six of those 15 homers have come in his last four starts. He allowed five hits, three runs (two earned) and walked three in 4 1/3 innings during his last start against the Phillies.

The Marlins will counter with right-hander Pablo Lopez who is coming off one of his best starts of the season. Lopez tossed a career-high eight innings and allowed five hits and two runs in his last outing against the Rockies. He will carry a 2.76 ERA and a 3.17 FIP along with a career best K-rate of 25.3% into Sunday’s outing.

Lopez has struggled in his career against Atlanta posting a 5.24 ERA in nine career starts. That includes a start from April 13 of this season where he allowed nine hits and six runs in just four innings.

First pitch Sunday is scheduled for 1:10 p.m. ET and can be seen on Bally Sports Southeast.

Game Info

Game Date/Time: Sunday, June 13, 1:10 p.m. ET

Location: loanDepot park, Miami, Florida

TV: Bally Sports Southeast

Streaming: MLB.tv

Radio: 680 AM / 93.7 FM The Fan, WNNX 100.5, Braves Radio Network