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Braves Vs. Marlins Series Recap: Atlanta Sweeps Florida, Gains Ground In NL East

The Braves scored a total of seven runs in this series and won three games. That's pretty incredible. With the sweep the club moved into sole possession of second place in the NL East and are now just two games behind the Philadelphia Phillies.

Let's take a look at the rest of the Good, Bad and Uggla Ugly from the series against the Florida Marlins.

The Good:

Jair Jurrjens - What can you say about the guy? He's arguably the leading candidate for the National League Cy Young after two months of play and had yet another impressive start on Thursday. He tossed seven innings of two-run ball and allowed just six hits and no walks. His ERA actually rose to 1.82, which is still second best in the National League. Jurrjens is now 8-2 this year.

Derek Lowe Flirts With A No-No - No, we're not talking about another DUI. We're talking about a near no-hitter. Lowe entered the seventh inning without allowing a hit and it took a Greg Dobbs seeing-eye single up the middle to record the first hit of the game for the Marlins. He exited the game after 6.2 innings and didn't allow a run to score. Heck of a performance from DLowe.

Jonny Venters - After further review, Venters is still awesome and opposing hitters still look foolish against him. He picked up the save on Thursday night while Craig Kimbrel rested and continued his excellent work out of the 'pen.

Freddie Freeman's Go-Ahead Single on Wednesday - The team could have rolled over and let one slip away after Kimbrel blew a 2-0 lead in the ninth inning, but Freeman came through with an RBI-single up the middle against tough a tough left-handed pitcher in Mike Dunn.

Alex Gonzalez - 4-for-11, 2B, HR, 3 RBI; Well played, Seabass. Well played. 

The Bad:

Tommy Hanson's 5 Walks - Nothing to be too concerned with and he was being squeezed by the home plate umpire, but Tommy needs to keep his walks down to take the next step in his career.

Martin Prado Injured - Thankfully it wasn't series, but Braves Country held their collective breath after Martin took a ball off his knee while attempting to steal second base. He missed both Wednesday's and Thursday's game but should be back by the weekend.

The Ugly:

Craig Kimbrel Blows Save - It wasn't so much that Craig made bad pitches, but rather just handled the situation poorly. There was no reason to give into Mike Stanton on a 1-2 pitch with Osvaldo Martinez on deck and the Braves are probably fortunate to have won. Kimbrel will learn from these situations and they'll only make him even better down the road.

Up Next:

The club will get on a plane and head to Houston for a 4-game series with the Astros. This will be the final series of their current 10-game road trip.

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