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Braves Vs. Marlins Final Score: Alex Gonzalez Homers, Atlanta Wins Series Finale 4-1

Pitching was the name of the game for most of the afternoon as Atlanta had little luck against Marlins starter Ricky Nolasco before finally breaking through in the seventh inning. The win was the Braves second in a row and helps them maintain their lead in the National League's wild-card race. 

Ricky Nolasco was near perfect through six innings before allowing a one out walk to Dan Uggla and a single to Brian McCann that put the Braves in business with men at the corners. Martin Prado then stepped to the plate and tied the game with surprising bunt single. After a Jason Heyward fly out, Alex Gonzalez put the Braves ahead for good with his 13th home run of the season giving Atlanta a 4-1 lead. 

Eric O'Flaherty earns the win with a scoreless seventh inning and Craig Kimbrel retired the side in order in the ninth for his 44th save of the season. Braves starter Randall Delgado was good once again allowing just one run in five innings of work. That run coming on a home run by Marlins' left fielder Greg Dobbs in the second. 

Atlanta bounces back to win the series from the Marlins after losing a season high four straight games. They entered the day with a 4.5 game lead over the St Louis Cardinals in the National League wild-card race.

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