Braves 11, Marlins 8


ATLANTA – Brian McCann homered and had a career-high five RBIs, Andruw Jones drove in four runs and the Atlanta Braves rallied from a 5-0 deficit to beat the Florida Marlins 11-8.

The Marlins lost despite getting six RBIs from Mike Jacobs, ruining a modest two-game winning streak that equaled the best run of a dismal season.

Atlanta stormed ahead with six runs in the sixth, Florida rallied to tie it at 8 and the Braves won it with three more runs in the seventh. Amazingly, they scored all 11 runs with two-out hits.

McCann and Jones were in the middle of every big inning for the Braves. They each had run-scoring singles in the fifth, sparking the comeback. In the sixth, Jones had a two-run single that tied it at 5, and McCann followed with a towering three-run homer into the Braves’ bullpen.

The Braves tied their season high with 18 hits. Five Florida hurlers combined to throw a staggering 206 pitches.

McCann is a second-year catcher having a huge season. He went 3-for-5, raising his average to .352.

In a fitting footnote to a wild game, Oscar Villareal (5-0) picked up the win despite giving up a three-run homer to Jacobs in the seventh. Chris Reitsma worked a scoreless ninth for his seventh save in nine chances.

Atlanta responded with three runs of its own in the bottom half. Jones and McCann each had RBI singles, and Jeff Francoeur tacked on the final run with one of his own.

Randy Messenger (0-2) took the loss, giving up a leadoff double to Adam LaRoche in the seventh.

LaRoche didn’t start the game, getting benched after he was outhustled on a play that cost the Braves four unearned runs Sunday. But he came on as a pinch-hitter in the sixth and played the rest of the way at first base.

Jacobs, who came into the game batting just .198, turned in the best performance of his young career. He had three-run double in the third that gave the Marlins their five-run lead, doubled again in the fifth and homered off Villareal in the seventh.

Florida jumped ahead with a first-inning run, then scored four more in the third. The first five hitters reached base against Davies, who gave up a leadoff homer to Dan Uggla and Jacobs’ bases-loaded double into the right-field corner that brought everyone home.

Davies threw only four more pitches, bending over in pain after Miguel Oliva fouled one off. The right-hander didn’t even attempt to throw test pitch, walking slowly off the field with the trainer.

The Braves said Davies will be re-evaluated on Tuesday. It wasn’t known if he’ll be able to make his next start.

Florida starter Josh Johnson lasted five innings, leading with a 5-2 lead. He gave up seven hits and walked three, but also struck out six.

Atlanta surged ahead against relievers Matt Herges and Randy Messenger, sending 11 hitters to the plate in the sixth.

Then it was time for a Florida comeback. Villareal gave up a couple of walks before grooving a pitch to Jacobs, who drove it into the right-field seats for the tying homer.

Notes: Florida 1B coach Perry Hill missed the game for personal reasons. He was replaced by Ed Romero, the Marlins’ minor-league infield coordinator. … Francoeur extended his career-best hitting streak to 13 games with an infield single in the sixth. … Atlanta OF Kelly Johnson went 3-for-3 during an injury rehab game at Class A Rome. … McCann eclipsed his previous best of three RBIs in a game.

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