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Braves Vs. Marlins Final Score: Atlanta Falls 3-1, But Hey, It's Michael Bourn Day

The Braves recorded twelve hits and Tommy Hanson and the bullpen pitched well, but it was not enough in a 3-1 loss. It's tough to be too frustrated, though, especially with Brian McCann, David Ross, Chipper Jones and Nate McLouth all out of the lineup.

Atlanta took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning after Freddie Freeman grounded into a 4-6-3 double play to bring in Jose Constanza from third. That was all the scoring the club would do despite having a leadoff batter reach in seven innings. The Braves were 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position and left ten runners on base.

Mike Stanton tied the game in the second with an RBI-single up the middle. It came on an 0-2 pitch that Hanson tried to sneak past the slugging outfielder and he didn't miss it. Greg Dobbs doubled in the third to drive in former-Brave Omar Infante to give Florida a 2-1 lead. Emilio Bonifacio homered in the fifth inning to give the Marlins a 3-1 lead they would not relinquish.

Cristhian Martinez impressed once again in long-relief. Constanza gave the team hope in the ninth inning with a 2-out infield single, but Martin Prado grounded out weakly for the final out of the game.

Atlanta still takes the series and will now head to Washington to face the Nationals in a three game series. Michael Bourn is expected to join the team and bat leadoff. Catch his debut Monday evening at 7:05EDT.

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