Braves 10, Marlins 2

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MIAMI – Brian Jordan hit a three-run homer and John Thomson pitched five innings for his first win of the season in the Atlanta Braves’ 10-2 victory over the Florida Marlins, who tied a franchise record with their 11th consecutive home loss.

Thomson (1-2) lowered his ERA to 1.88 but won for the first time in six starts. He gave up four hits and an unearned run, and drove in a run with a single.

Brian Moehler (0-4) lost his 10th consecutive decision since last season. He gave up seven runs in 5 1-3 innings, hiking his ERA to 9.76.

Atlanta’s Edgar Renteria was 0-for-11 lifetime against Moehler before he doubled in the first inning, extending his hitting streak to start the season to 23 games. Renteria, who came into the game leading the NL in batting, finished 2-for-5 to hike his average to .354.

Adam LaRoche drove in two runs, scored three times and went 3-for-5, hiking his average to .220. Jeff Francoeur singled, scored twice and walked for the first time in 136 plate appearances this season.

Atlanta improved to 2-4 on its trip and broke a streak of five consecutive losses in Miami.

The Marlins haven’t won at home since April 14, and their home losing streak matches the franchise record set from April 28 to May 19, 1999. The New York Mets established the NL record of 15 consecutive home losses in 2002.

Few have witnessed the Marlins’ skid, and even with the perennial NL East champions in town, the game drew only 6,079 fans.

The Braves became the first team to score 10 runs against Florida this season, despite waiting until the fifth to start. Moehler took a one-hitter and a 1-0 lead into the inning, but Francoeur led off with a single, LaRoche doubled and Jordan hit his third home run.

Jordan started for left fielder Ryan Langerhans, who was ill.

A Marlins opponent batted around for the fourth straight game, this time in a four-run sixth. After Francoeur walked to load the bases, LaRoche’s two-run single ended Moehler’s night. Thomson and Renteria singled runs home to make it 7-1.

Matt Diaz hit a two-run triple in the eighth that left fielder Josh Willingham appeared to lose in the lights.

Florida scratched out an unearned run in the first. Hanley Ramirez led off with a single, stole second and continued to third when catcher Brian McCann made an errant throw. Ramirez came home on a groundout by Miguel Cabrera.

Dan Uggla hit a sacrifice fly in the seventh off Chad Paronto, who joined the Braves hours before the game after starting the season at Triple-A Richmond.

Notes: Marlins RHP Franklyn German faced only one batter before leaving the game in the seventh inning with right shoulder tightness. … The first rain delay of the season in Miami halted play for 29 minutes after the first inning. … Moehler became only the second Marlins starter in the past seven games to pitch at least five innings.

AP-ES-05-09-06 2229EDT

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