Jul 9, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Julio Teheran (49) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Julio Teherán pitched 7 1/3 innings, and the offense kept the good vibes from last night’s 14th inning outburst going Tuesday night in a 6-4 victory over the Marlins.
A night after using six relievers, the Braves desperately needed Teherán to pitch deep into the ball game, and he did just that. The young pitcher overcame a three-run homer off the bat of Rob Brantly in the 2nd inning, and allowed just one run in his final 5 1/3 innings. The three runs in the 2nd were all unearned, as Chris Johnson committed an error earlier in the inning. Teherán even helped himself at the plate, as he delivered the hit that would put the Braves on top for good. He would reach on a infield single to the pitcher, advanced to second on an error by Henderson Alvarez, while B.J. Upton would come around to score.
Justin Upton had a big night at the plate for the second straight game as he collected three hits and two RBIs, including a solo home run in the 7th, his first since June 12th in San Diego. Brian McCann also picked up a pair of RBIs, while B.J. Upton added two hits, and began the scoring with a sacrifice fly in the second inning.
Jordan Walden would finish the 8th inning for the Braves, and Craig Kimbrel would pitch a perfect 9th, picking up his 24th save.
Atlanta’s lead in the National League East jumped back up to six games, following the Nationals 4-2 loss to the Phillies.
The Braves and Marlins wrap up the series tomorrow as Paul Maholm (9-7, 3.81 ERA) faces Jacob Turner (2-1, 2.30 ERA), game time set for 12:40 PM ET