Braves vs. Marlins: Atlanta Wins Rainy Series Finale

Mike Minor tossed 3.1 scoreless innings before a rain delay hit.

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2012 MLB Standings: Braves Still 2.5 Back Of Nationals

The Braves look to keep the pressure on the Nationals when they open a three-game set against the last place Astros Friday night at Turner Field.

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Braves vs. Marlins Score: Early Rallies Propel Atlanta To 6-1 Victory

After a frustrating night at the plate on Wednesday, the Braves wasted to time getting the bats going in the series finale. Atlanta scored three runs in the first inning and three more in the second as they handled Nathan Eovaldi and the Marlins by a score of 6-1.

Mike Minor continued to pitch well, although a rain delay forced him out of the game in the fourth inning. Minor worked 3.2 scoreless innings, surrendering two hits and two walks. Eovaldi was not as lucky, exiting after just two innings of work.

Chipper Jones made it 2-0 with a double into the left-center field gap in the first inning. Following a walk to Brian McCann, Dan Uggla lined a ball to left to bring Jones home.

Jason Heyward singled in the second to make it 4-0. Freddie Freeman then followed with a two-RBI double of his own, scoring Reed Johnson and Heyward without a throw.

Carlos Lee brought in the lone run of the game for Miami with a sacrifice fly in the sixth inning.

The Braves bullpen continued to be very good on Thursday night. Cristhian Martinez, who took the win, worked three innings of one-run ball. Chad Durbin recorded one out after Martinez departed, and then he was lifted for Cory Gearrin. He and Craig Kimbrel worked the eighth and ninth innings to close the game out.

Atlanta takes three out of four from the Marlins. They improved to 6-1 on their current home stand. Next up for the club: the Houston Astros, who have lost 26 of their last 29 games.

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Braves vs. Marlins Lineup: Reed Johnson Replaces Martin Prado In Left

The Atlanta Braves acquired Reed Johnson for a reason. He is capable of playing either corner outfield position and can hold his own at the plate against lefties and righties, providing manager Fredi Gonzalez a valuable piece on game day.

On Wednesday night it was Michael Bourn's turn to get a night off. Johnson played right field and batted leadoff, while Jason Heyward shifted over defensively to center field. For Thursday's series finale with the Marlins, Johnson will move over to left field to give the struggling Martin Prado a night to rest. He will also bat in Prado's customary No. 2 spot in the batting order.

Here is the rest of the lineup for tonight's showdown with Miami. Mike Minor will be on the mound for Atlanta, and he will be opposed by recently-acquired Nathan Eovaldi.

Michael Bourn - CF
Reed Johnson - LF
Jason Heyward - RF
Chipper Jones - 3B
Freddie Freeman - 1B
Brian McCann - C
Dan Uggla - 2B
Paul Janish - SS
Mike Minor - P

First pitch from Turner Field is set for 7:10 p.m.

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Braves Vs. Marlins: Thursday Game Preview, TV Info And More

The Braves' winning streak was snapped at seven on Wednesday night, but they can finish off the Marlins with a series win on Thursday, Mike Minor will to improve his overall record to .500 on the season. The young righty looked his best of the whole season in his last start, an eight inning effort with only one earned run in a 2-1 win over the Phillies on Sunday. Minor's ERA has dropped from 6.20 at the end of June to 5.18 after a successful July.

Date / Time: Thursday, August 2, 7:10 p.m. ET

Location: Turner Field, Atlanta, Georgia

TV: Sports South, MLB Network

Radio: WNNX 100.5, WCNN 680

Probable Starters: Nathan Eovaldi (1-0) vs. Mike Minor (6-7)

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Braves vs. Marlins Score: Bad Luck Dooms Atlanta In 4-2 Loss

Baseball can be a frustrating game. Some nights you score runs on bloops, other nights you score them on blasts. The Braves saw their seven-game winning streaked snapped on Wednesday night, falling to the Marlins by a score of 4-2. On this night, the Marlins saw their bloops drop, while the Braves saw their blasts find outfield gloves.

Miami got out to an early 3-0 lead on Ben Sheets. The club rapped out five singles in the first inning, only one of which was hit with authority. Fortunately for the Braves, Sheets rebounded nicely and still managed to work seven innings in a losing effort.

Paul Janish doubled home the first run of the game for Atlanta in the second inning to make it 3-1. The Marlins then scored another run in the fourth on a double down the line from pitcher Wade LeBlanc and a fielding error from Martin Prado.

Dan Uggla doubled in the bottom of the sixth to make it 4-2. With two runners in scoring position and two outs, Janish smoked a ball into the left-center field gap that was rundown by left fielder Greg Dobbs.

The Braves loaded the bases in the seventh inning against Mike Dunn. Freddie Freeman came up with two outs and lined a ball to right field, just to be tracked down by Scott Cousins.

Either ball could have been a few feet to the left or right and they would have dropped for numerous runs. It simply wasn't Atlanta's night at Turner Field.

The Braves and Marlins will meet for the series finale on Thursday night. It'll be Mike Minor against Nathan Eovaldi.

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Braves vs. Marlins Lineup: Reed Johnson Bats Leadoff, Jason Heyward In Center Field

The Atlanta Braves might be the hottest team in baseball right now, winning seven in a row and 17 of their last 22 contests. They'll hand the ball to Ben Sheets on Wednesday night against the Marlins. Sheets has been a revelation since coming to Atlanta, going 3-0 in three starts with just one run allowed during 18 innings of work.

The Marlins will send lefty Wade LeBlanc to the mound. It was supposed to be Carlos Zambrano tonight, but manager Ozzie Guillen has since decided to replace in the rotation due to recent struggles.

The Braves have released their lineup for Wednesday. As manager Fredi Gonzalez stated earlier in the week, he wanted to give Michael Bourn a night off. Jason Heyward will replace him in center field, and Reed Johnson will make the start in right and bat leadoff. Here's the rest of the order.

Jurrjens injured: In other news, the Braves announced right-handed pitcher Jair Jurrjens has placed on the 15-day DL with a mild groin strain. Paul Maholm will take his place on the roster.

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Braves Vs. Marlins: Wednesday Game Preview, TV Info And More

The Ben Sheets "experiment" has been huge for Atlanta thus far, as the reclamation project for the former Brewers star has yielded three wins in three starts and just one run allowed in 18 innings of work. Sheets will take the hill for a streaking Braves team looking to win eight straight and close the gap with the first place Nationals, who have a 2.5 game lead in the NL East entering Wednesday. The Marlins have a career .225 average against Sheets.

Date / Time: Wednesday, August 1, 7:10 p.m. ET

Location: Turner Field, Atlanta, Georgia

TV: Sports South

Radio: WNNX 100.5, WCNN 680

Probable Starters: Ben Sheets (3-0) vs. Wade LeBlanc (1-1)

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Braves Win Seventh Straight Behind Kris Medlen's Strong Performance

Kris Medlen impressed in his first rain-shortened start of the year, allowing just one run to score over five innings of work. A rain delay of nearly two hours kept Medlen from continuing his night, although his pitch count limit of 70 probably would have only allowed for one more inning of work.

The Braves got themselves out to an early 3-1 and never looked back, going on to win their seventh game in a row by a score of 7-1 over the Marlins.

Donnie Murphy scored the first run of the game for Miami with a solo homer in the first inning. That lead was quickly erased on an RBI-groundout from Brian McCann to tie it at 1-1 in the bottom half of the frame. Following back-to-back walks, Juan Francisco lined a ball into right field to bring home two more runs with the bases loaded.

McCann hit a solo homer in the third to make it 4-1. The rain came following the fifth, which brought upon a scoreless inning from Cory Gearrin. Atlanta broke the game open shortly after; Tyler Pastornicky led off the sixth with a pinch-hit homer. Jason Heyward drove home Michael Bourn with an RBI-single to make it 6-1. Freeman added an insurance run in the eighth with a single of his own to score McCann easily.

Jair Jurrjens entered the ninth and worked around a one-out single to close out the game.

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Marlins Vs. Braves: Game Enters Rain Delay With Atlanta Leading 4-1

The game between the Braves and the Marlins has entered a rain delay in the sixth inning with Atlanta leading 4-1. Tough looking skies have been visible over Turner Field for the last several innings and they finally opened up just as the fifth inning was ending.

The timing really couldn't have been much better for Atlanta. Kris Medlen turned in a splendid outing allowing four hits and one run over five innings of work. Medlen needed just 57 pitches to get through his five innings.

The only blemish on Medlen's night came off the bat of Donnie Murphy who connected on a first-inning home run. The Braves wasted little time answering back with three runs in the bottom half of the first inning off of Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco.

Brian McCann tied the game with an RBI groundout and Juan Francisco followed later with a two run single that scored both Jason Heyward and Freddie Freeman. Brian McCann extended the lead to 4-1 in the third with his 18th home run of the season.

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Braves Add Reed Johnson To Roster, Option Jose Constanza To Triple-A

The Atlanta Braves have announced outfielder Reed Johnson has been added to the 25-man roster. To make room for him, Jose Constanza has been optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett. The move doesn't really come as a surprise, seeing as Constanza has been up and down all season between the two leagues.

Johnson will be at Turner Field for tonight's game with the Marlins. He is not in the starting lineup, although it's expected he will start on Wednesday as Michael Bourn rests against a left-handed pitcher. He will wear jersey No. 11.

Paul Maholm is expect to pitch on Saturday. That was originally Tommy Hanson's turn in the rotation, but it is expected the club will give him a few days off to try and gain strength in his arm. Maholm will wear #17 in Atlanta.

Lineups:

Michael Bourn - CF
Martin Prado - LF
Jason Heyward - RF
Brian McCann - C
Freddie Freeman - 1B
Dan Uggla - 2B
Juan Francisco - 3B
Paul Janish - SS
Kris Medlen - P

First pitch from Turner Field is scheduled for 7:10 p.m.

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Braves Vs. Marlins Preview: Tuesday Game Schedule, TV Info And More

The Braves look to defeat the Marlins for the second consecutive game on Tuesday to take control of this three-game series. More importantly, a win for the Braves would be their seventh straight, as they inch closer to the top of the NL East division, currently 3 1/2 games behind the leading Washington Nationals.

On Tuesday, Kris Medlen (1-1, 2.48 ERA) will take the mound for the Braves, facing Ricky Nolasco (8-9, 4.80 ERA) in the pitchers' duel. This is the second time in less than a week that Medlen pitches against the Marlins. On July 25, he went three innings and struck out five while giving up no runs and no hits.

You can take a look at the game schedule and broadcast information right here:

Date/Time: Tuesday, July 31, 7:10 p.m. ET

TV: SPSO

Online streaming: MLB.tv

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Braves Vs. Marlins Final: Atlanta Gets By Miami With Ease, 8-2

The Atlanta Braves and Miami Marlins met just one week ago on the baseball field and the Braves took two of three games from the Marlins om the road in Miami. On Monday night the two teams met again and Atlanta won in convincing fashion by a final score of 8-2.

The game was relatively close going into the bottom of the fifth inning with the Marlins trailing the Braves by a score of 2-1, but Atlanta broke the game open with a four-run bottom of the fifth and scored single runs in the bottom of the sixth and seventh inning to close the game out.

Atlanta hurler Tommy Hanson gets credited with the victory as he pitched five complete innings while giving up six hits, and just one earned run while striking out three Miami batters.

At the plate, Michael Bourn, Dan Uggla and Juan Francisco each registered two RBI's in the game.

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Braves vs. Marlins Lineups: Tommy Hanson Faces Mark Buehrle

The Atlanta Braves are winless on Monday this season, a trend they'll look to end this evening against the struggling Miami Marlins. The Braves will send Tommy Hanson to the mound, who ended up winning his last start against the Marlins despite walking seven batters. Mark Buehrle will go for Miami tonight, and he too had control issues in his last start against Atlanta.

The lineups for tonight's game have been released. First pitch from Turner Field is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. It should be a great night for baseball as the Braves look to win their sixth straight game.

Braves:

Michael Bourn - CF
Martin Prado - LF
Jason Heyward - RF
Chipper Jones - 3B
Freddie Freeman - 1B
Brian McCann - C
Dan Uggla - 2B
Paul Janish - SS
Tommy Hanson - P

Marlins:

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Braves Vs. Marlins: Monday Game Time, TV Info And More

The Atlanta Braves have won five straight games and will look to continue that strong play on Monday, when they open a four-game series with the Miami Marlins.

Taking the hill for the Braves in the first game of the series is Tommy Hanson (11-5, 4.39 ERA). The 25-year old right-hander started against Miami five days ago and gave up one run over five innings for the win.

Opposing him will be Mark Buehrle (9-9, 3.31 ERA), who gave up two earned runs in five innings in a no decision to the Braves six days ago.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 ET and the game will be broadcast on SportSouth.

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MLB Standings: Braves Still Four Back Of Nationals In N.L. East

The Atlanta Braves enter Monday's series opener with the Marlins trailing the division leading Nationals by four games.

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Braves Prepare For Four-Game Series With Struggling, Selling Marlins

The Braves look to extend their five-game winning streak on Monday, a day they are yet to win on in 2012.

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