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One Paragraph Recap: Marlins Edge Braves 5-4 In 11 Innings

Jair Jurrjens gave up 4 runs in the 4th inning when dealing with rain, poor mound conditions, and an inconsistent umpire, but otherwise pitched great in 7 innings of work. The Braves got him off the hook by coming back from a 4-2 deficit to force extra innings. Unfortunately, they repeatedly failed in clutch situations, including two bases-loaded double plays. The last of these, by Nate McLouth in the 11th inning, was a backbreaker. Putting McLouth in the game as a pinch-runner for Eric Hinske (who homered earlier) proved quite costly, as did the decision to pitch Jesse Chavez in the 11th instead of Billy Wagner. Chavez promptly gave up the winning run as the Marlins earned a walk-off victory and the series win. It was only the Braves’ second series loss since early May.

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.