Final

Series: Game 4 of 4

Series tied 2-2 (as of 6/30)

Game 1: Monday, June 27
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Game 2: Tuesday, June 28
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Game 3: Wednesday, June 29
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in 14
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Game 4: Thursday, June 30
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Braves 2

(43-36, 19-24 away)

Marlins 6

(40-36, 23-17 home)

    7:05 PM ET, June 30, 2005

    Sun Life Stadium, Miami, Florida 

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    W: J. Beckett (8-5)

    L: R. Colon (0-4)

    Beckett leaves after pitching six strong innings

    MIAMI (AP) -- Josh Beckett pitched six innings of one-hit ball before leaving with a possible recurrence of his blister problem, and Miguel Cabrera and Juan Encarnacion homered to help the Florida Marlins beat the Atlanta Braves 6-2 Thursday night in a game delayed nearly three hours by rain.

    Beckett (8-5) was activated from the disabled list a few hours before the game; he hadn't thrown since June 14 because of the sixth blister problem of his major league career. He left before starting the seventh, after another blister apparently formed on the middle finger of his pitching hand.

    He summoned pitching coach Mark Wiley and a trainer, who examined the finger. Wiley then motioned to the bullpen for rookie left-hander Scott Olsen, who was charged with both Atlanta runs in his second major league appearance.

    Cabrera's homer, his 16th of the year and fifth against Atlanta this season, highlighted Florida's three-run opening inning against Braves starter Roman Colon (0-4). Encarnacion hit his 11th, and second in as many nights, in the second inning.

    Mike Lowell hit a two-run single, Luis Castillo had two hits -- giving him six in his last two games -- and Juan Pierre had two hits and scored twice for the Marlins, who are 2-0 under interim manager Harry Dunlop. Manager Jack McKeon, who has been away because of a death in the family, rejoins the team Friday.

    Brian McCann hit his second homer for Atlanta, which also got a run-scoring double from Julio Franco -- who had eight RBI during the four-game series.

    Franco's pinch-hit drove home Ryan Langerhans in the eighth, drawing the Braves within 4-2. But Lowell's two-run single in the bottom half sealed the win, which gave Florida a series split.

    The only hit Beckett allowed was a two-out, fifth-inning single by McCann -- in the game because starter Johnny Estrada, manager Bobby Cox and injured left-hander Mike Hampton were ejected in the first inning for arguing with plate umpire Doug Eddings.

    Estrada also appeared to bump Eddings, and television cameras caught him making an obscene gesture in his direction. So, after waiting through a 2-hour, 46-minute delay to start the game, the trio returned to the clubhouse for another couple hours waiting for the game to end.

    Game notes


    Paid attendance was 23,147; it appeared about 6,000 waited out the delay. Among those who stayed was Miami Heat coach Stan Van Gundy, a big Marlins fan. ... It was Cox's second ejection of the season, and 16th since the start of 2003. ... It was the first time in the Braves' last 10 road games where they failed to get at least 10 hits. ... A.J. Burnett, a free agent-in-waiting who's been the subject of recent trade rumors, met with Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria on the field during the delay. Team president David Samson said the conversation was about whether Burnett wanted to be flown early to New York, where he's scheduled to face the Mets on Friday. ... Both teams were traveling after the game, with the Braves headed to Philadelphia. Each expected to arrive in their respective cities around 5 a.m. Friday.

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