Julio Teheran stood tall after a rough first inning, the offense was able to pick him up, and the Braves beat the Marlins 4-3 on Tuesday night.
The Braves jumped on top early in the first inning thanks to a two-out rally. Freddie Freeman singled to right, before Evan Gattis and Brian McCann hit back-to-back doubles, putting the Braves up 2-0. But in the bottom of the inning, after Chris Coghlan struck out to lead things off, four straight Marlins would reach base, leading to three runs.
Teheran was able to put that inning behind him, and allowed only two more hits the rest of the way in 6 2/3 innings. He walked three, and struck out six. The Braves regained the lead in the third inning, when the first three batters collected a hit, including an RBI single by Gattis. Chris Johnson would get the go ahead RBI with a bloop hit right field.
Luis Ayala was able to escape a bases loaded jam in the seventh inning when he struck out Giancarlo Stanton on three pitches. David Carpenter pitched a perfect eighth inning, and Craig Kimbrel picked up his 46th save of the year as he closed out the 9th. The final out of the game was one of the oddest you will ever see. Jake Marisnick was pinch running for Placido Polanco, who had doubled with one out. A Kimbrel pitch would sail by McCann, and Marisnick would take off for third. However, the ball ricocheted right back to McCann, who fired the ball to third. The Braves would get Marisnick in a run down before Dan Uggla applied the tag to end the game.
Stay tuned as the two teams face off again on Tuesday, with Mike Minor taking on Jose Fernandez in a highly anticipated battle.