Gattis, Johnson lift Braves over Marlins

Updated: August 11, 2013

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Run-scoring doubles from Evan Gattis and Chris
Johnson highlighted a four-run seventh inning as the Atlanta Braves punished
the Miami Marlins bullpen en route to a 9-4 victory, their 15th in 16 games.

The Braves, back on track after their 14-game run came to an end on Saturday,
belted Miami relievers Dan Jennings (1-3) and A.J. Ramos in the decisive frame
to take the series rubber match.

After B.J. Upton’s sac fly in the inning snapped a 4-4 tie, Gattis and
Johnson each laced doubles past the Miami outfielders, with Johnson’s
plating a pair to cap the inning and make a winner out of Atlanta starter Mike

Minor (12-5) was solid despite a three-run second inning, giving up four in
all and six hits over seven frames. He struck out six while walking only one
and captured a win for the third straight start.

The Marlins lost for the seventh time in eight games. Starter Henderson
Alvarez was charged with four runs on seven hits over six innings of work.

Jennings took over for Alvarez to start the seventh but didn’t last long.
After walking Joey Terdoslavich, he served up a single to Jason Heyward.
Terdoslavich headed for third on the hit and Heyward took second on the throw.

Ramos relieved him and received a sliding catch from left fielder Christian
Yelich on Upton’s sinking line drive, but a run came in and the Braves grabbed
a 5-4 lead.

Freddie Freeman, who hit a three-run homer earlier, was then intentionally
walked and Gattis smacked a double off the base of the wall in left to knock
in another run. Johnson then followed suit and plated two to make it 8-4.

Heyward had four hits in the game, with his last coming in the eighth to knock
in Jordan Schafer and account for the final margin. Gattis ended 3-for-5 and
Freeman 2-for-3.

A one-out double from Ed Lucas in the second began a big inning for the
Marlins. Jake Marisnick brought him in two batters later with a line-drive
single to left and Minor gave up two more hits — including a two-run double
to his counterpart Alvarez that vaulted Miami to a 3-0 lead.

Alvarez yielded a sac fly to Dan Uggla in the second and was able to work
through a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the fourth unscathed, but couldn’t find
his way out of trouble the following inning, when he served up a three-run
blast to Freeman that put Atlanta in front by a 4-3 count.

Miami drew even in the sixth, with a walk to Giancarlo Stanton and a single
from Placido Polanco putting runners at the corners to set up a Lucas sac fly.

Game Notes

Atlanta’s Justin Upton left the game in the bottom of the fifth inning with a
left hamstring cramp. He is considered day-to-day … It’s Heyward’s first
four-hit game since Sept. 1, 2010 … Miami’s Justin Ruggiano pinch hit and
grounded out in the seventh, extending his hitless streak to 42 at-bats.