The Braves were staring right at a series loss with a 6-1 deficit in the seventh inning, but the resilient group came back and took an important game three against the Marlins. Fresh off of being swept by the Rockies, a huge comeback on the final day of a home set against a division rival was exactly what the team needed.
The team scored three runs in the final two innings of the game and won 7-6. In the eighth inning, Eric Hinske hit a two-run double, and both he and Brian McCann scored on an error by Gaby Sanchez to make it a 6-4 contest. In the ninth, Matt Diaz hit a two run homer to score Brooks Conrad. Brian McCann was up three batters later and ended the game with a walkoff home run.
Derek Lowe pitched terribly but the bullpen was able to keep the game in reach with six scoreless innings. Christian Martinez went four innings and allowed just one earned run. His 78-pitch performance was critical. Jonny Venters and Takashi Saito, who earned his second win, also pitched scoreless innings.
Next up is a three-game home set against the New York Mets, starting tomorrow night at 7:10 pm.