ATLANTA (AP) -
kept one word in mind as he rehabbed from reconstructive elbow surgery.
''That was the word I put out there in rehab,'' he said. ''You want to finish an at-bat, finish an inning, finish a game.''
Johnson threw a four-hitter for his first career complete game, and the
4-1 on Wednesday night.
had a two-run single and
hit his 28th homer for the Marlins, who have won three of five.
Johnson (4-0) struck out eight and walked three to improve to 3-0 with a 2.58 ERA in six starts on the road this season.
The right-hander, who returned July 10 for his first start since undergoing elbow ligament replacement surgery last August,
previously pitched a career-high 7 2-3 innings on Aug. 28, 2006, against Milwaukee.
Winning for the first time in three starts, Johnson lowered his ERA to 3.12 and put Florida in position to win consecutive
games for the first time since July 30-31.
''My location was good,'' Johnson said. ''I was down in the zone. My slider was good, and my two-seamer also.''
(2-2) allowed eight hits and three runs, walked two and struck out five in eight innings, his longest outing since April 17,
2005, at Philadelphia.
The Braves have lost 13 of 16.
Hampton, facing the Marlins for the first time since May 3, 2005, dropped to 10-7 with a 4.47 ERA in 24 career appearances
(23 starts) against Florida.
''I pitched a good game on a night when I needed to pitch a great game,'' Hampton said. ''I just failed to execute a big pitch
when I needed it.''
pitched the ninth, giving up Uggla's homer that ended the scoring.
The Marlins took a 1-0 lead in the third on
' RBI single.
In the fifth, Ramirez made it 3-0 with a two-run single. Ramirez, who was hitting just .219 in 96 at-bats this season with
runners in scoring position, drove in Uggla and Helms with two outs.
''Our offense is going to take care of itself,'' Uggla said. ''Timely hitting is how you know when a team is playing well.''
Atlanta made it 3-1 in the fifth when
tripled and scored on
's RBI groundout.
Johnson faced the minimum through the first four innings and retired each batter he faced in the sixth and seventh.
With runners on second and third in the eighth, Johnson struck out pinch-hitter
. In the ninth,
walked, but the Braves were finished when Prado grounded into a fielder's choice forceout.
''He wasn't good,'' Atlanta manager
. ''He was great. We couldn't touch him early at all. Every time we've faced him, we've got nothing. He's legit. He's a legit
Improving to 3-1 with a 2.33 ERA in eight games - seven starts - against the Braves, Johnson threw strikes on 80 of his 113
pitches. Better yet, his performance let Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez rest his bullpen one night after five relievers pitched
in a 10-9 loss to Atlanta.
''That was a big thing,'' Johnson said. ''The bullpen gets another day's rest.''
Notes: Uggla went 2-for-3 with a double, improving to .326 with three homers in 46 at-bats this year against the Braves. ...
was called up from Triple-A Richmond to take the roster spot created by
's trade to Boston. ... The Braves signed RHP
, who pitched this year in the Mexican League, for the remainder of the season. ... Ramirez singled to lead off the eighth,
but was thrown out 7-6-3-4 trying to advance to second on
' lackadaisical throw from left field. ... Braves RF
, 4-for-7 in the series, has consecutive multihit games for the fourth time this season.