Series: Game 1 of 3

Atlanta leads 1-0 (as of 8/29)

Game 1: Friday, August 29
Game 2: Saturday, August 30
Game 3: Sunday, August 31

Marlins 2

(65-68, 28-37 away)

Braves 5

(71-64, 38-28 home)

    Coverage:  FSS

    7:35 PM ET, August 29, 2014

    Turner Field, Atlanta, Georgia 

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    W: D. Carpenter (5-3)

    L: C. Hatcher (0-2)

    S: C. Kimbrel (40)

    Upton, Heyward spark Braves past Marlins

    Associated Press

    ATLANTA -- Justin Upton is having quite a month.

    Upton homered and had three RBIs, Jason Heyward drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning and the Atlanta Braves beat the Miami Marlins 5-2 on Friday night for their third straight win.

    With 28 RBIs in 25 games since Aug. 1, Upton considers this to be the best month of his eight-year career. It's helped give him a career-high 91 RBIs this season, three more than he had in 2011 with Arizona.

    "Yeah, the guys on front of me have been getting on base, and I've been fortunate to get some hits," Upton said. "As far as run producing, it's probably been the best."

    The Braves, winners in 10 of 14, began the night 1 1/2 games back in the NL wild-card standings, but are just 19-21 since the All-Star break.

    Andrelton Simmons led off the seventh against Chris Hatcher (0-2) with a bunt single and advanced to third on pinch-hitter Ramiro Pena's single.

    Simmons scored on Heyward's RBI single off Mike Dunn to give the Braves a 3-2 lead. Upton's RBI single off Sam Dyson drove in Heyward from second and Emilio Bonifacio also scored to make it 5-2 when center fielder Marcell Ozuna misplayed the ball.

    It was a good example of the Braves trying to manufacture a run instead of taking their usual free-swinging, strikeout-prone approach.

    "We're going to have to do that if we're going to win," Upton said. "Every night's not going to be a three-run homer. We're going to have to find ways to scratch runs across. We did that tonight."

    Jordany Valdespin tied it at 2-all in the Miami seventh with a pinch-hit homer, the seventh of his career, off reliever David Carpenter (5-3).

    Braves starter Ervin Santana allowed one run, five hits, four walks and struck out seven in six innings.

    Marlins starter Tom Koehler walked Freddie Freeman to begin the sixth and gave up Upton's 26th homer, a long shot deep into the seats in left-center, for a 2-1 Atlanta lead.

    "I just got a good pitch to hit," Upton said. "In that situation I was just trying to get on base behind Freddie and squared it up."

    Koehler gave up two runs and four hits with three walks and six strikeouts in six innings.

    The Marlins have dropped three straight and five of six.

    Santana needed 32 pitches to finish the first inning, walking three straight batters to load the bases, but escaped the jam by striking out Garrett Jones on three pitches and retiring Marcell Ozuna on a flyout.

    In the sixth, Ozuna doubled into the right-field corner off Santana, scoring Casey McGehee from second to make it 1-0, but Garrett Jones was thrown out at the plate on second baseman Tommy La Stella's relay throw to catcher Evan Gattis.

    "When you talk about winning games this time of year, you've got to make plays," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "The team that makes plays and gets big hits wins ball games."


    Marlins: Redmond said that RHP Dan Jennings, out since Aug. 8 with a concussion, was making a rehab start Friday and could rejoin the team soon.

    Braves: LHP Jonny Venters, who last pitched in 2012, said that he will undergo elbow ligament replacement surgery for the third time and added that "it never crossed my mind" to retire.


    Marlins RHP Jarred Cosart (11-8) beat the Braves 6-1 on June 26 while pitching for Houston.

    Braves RHP Aaron Harang (10-8) is winless with a 5.18 ERA in four starts this year and 5-5 with a 5.99 in 17 career starts against the Marlins.


    Closer Craig Kimbrel, the fourth Atlanta pitcher, earned his 40th save in 44 chances after facing the minimum in the ninth. ... Upton went 2 for 4 and is hitting.307 with 10 homers and 45 RBIs in his 52 games since the start of July. ... The Braves improved to 69-44 dating back to last season with Heyward batting leadoff.


    Atlanta 1B Freddie Freeman went 0 for 3 and his hitting .056 in 54 at-bats against the Marlins this season. ... Jones dropped to 1 for 12 with the bases loaded this year. ... Braves CF B.J. Upton was out of the lineup for the fourth time in seven games. After hitting a modest .255 in 98 at-bats in July, he's hitting .115 in August.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Game Information

    StadiumTurner Field, Atlanta, GA
    Attendance26,278 (53.2% full) - % is based on regular season capacity
    Game Time3:01
    Weather90 degrees, partly cloudy
    Wind6 mph
    UmpiresHome Plate - Eric Cooper, First Base - Tom Hallion, Second Base - Hal Gibson III, Third Base - Chris Guccione

    Research Notes

    Justin Upton has been tearing it up this month, which is exactly what he did last year for Atlanta. He hammered 8 home runs last August with an OPS of 1.023. This August, 7 homers and a national league best 28 RBI. The kicker, Atlanta is 13-1 in August when Upton homers the last 2 years.
    Jason Heyward was hitting an MLB-low .159 (min. 125 PA) off lefties prior to his 7th-inning go-ahead RBI single off Marlins lefty Mike Dunn.
    Giancarlo Stanton has hit .179 this year in at-bats to end in a slider from a right-handed pitcher while missing on 51.7 percent of swings he has taken against righty sliders, the fifth-worst rate among qualifiers. Ervin Santana has thrown the fourth-highest percentage of sliders this season (34.7 percent) and has the fifth-highest miss percentage against him (28 percent).

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