Teheran backs Braves over Marlins

Updated: August 30, 2013

Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) – Julio Teheran spun 6 1/3 innings of one-run
ball as the Atlanta Braves edged the Miami Marlins, 2-1, in the opener of a
three-game set at Turner Field.

Teheran (11-7) scattered four hits and three walks while striking out eight to
win for the fourth time in his last six starts.

Freddie Freeman smashed a two-run homer and Elliot Johnson added a double and
a run scored for the Braves, winners in five straight.

Anthony Varvaro earned his first career save after spinning a pair of
scoreless innings.

With the win, and a Washington loss, Atlanta leads the Nationals by 14 games
atop the NL East standings.

Jose Fernandez (10-6) gave up two runs on three hits while striking out six to
suffer his first loss since July 7. In his past 10 starts, the hard-throwing
rookie had limited his opponents to two or fewer runs.

Christian Yelich drove in the lone run for the Marlins, losers in five
straight and nine of their last 10 games.

The Braves wasted no time getting on the board as Freeman smashed his 17th
homer of the season in the first inning. Johnson ripped a one-out double to
right before Freeman crushed the first pitch he saw over the center-field

The Marlins came back with a run in the third, but it would be the last time
either team crossed the plate the rest of the way. Fernandez helped his own
cause with a leadoff triple then score on Yelich’s single to left field.

Atlanta loaded the bases with one out in the seventh, but was unable to add an
insurance run as reliever Dan Jennings got Jordan Schafer to ground into a
force out before fanning Johnson to end the frame.

Varvaro gave up a leadoff single in the eighth, but got Justin Ruggiano to
ground into a double play before setting down the next four batters of the
game to seal the win.

Game Notes

Teheran is 4-2 since the All-Star break … Atlanta is 17-9 in games that
Teheran has started this season … the Marlins were 1-for-4 with runners in
scoring position … Fernandez hasn’t allowed more than three earned runs
since May 27.