ATLANTA (AP) -
teammates aren't shocked to have the best record in the majors.
The real surprise, he said, was sweeping three games in Atlanta for the first time.
Ross hit a three-run homer and the Marlins beat the Braves 6-2 on Thursday, as Florida improved to 8-1 for the first time
since 1997. Ross finished with three hits and four RBIs after beginning the day with a .115 average.
''Nobody in here is surprised,'' Ross said of the Marlins' hot start. ''We feel like we're a good team. There are a lot of
skeptics who say it's early. We have to have confidence and never let down.''
The Marlins outscored the Braves 21-7 in the series. Florida had never swept a series of more than two games in Atlanta, and
the last time that happened was May 13-14, 1997.
''We've come through here a lot of times, and you'd think there would have been a sweep,'' Ross said. ''But the Braves are
always a good team. ... It's better to be on the other side, instead of what it has been here in other years.''
Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez said his club is winning with balance.
''We're playing well,'' Gonzalez said. ''The bullpen is pitching well. We're getting good starting pitching and timely hitting.''
(1-0) gave up eight hits and two runs in six innings to give
his first loss, despite walking three batters.
''I didn't have good command, but I got good defense,'' Sanchez said.
Kawakami (1-1) allowed five hits and five runs, four earned, in six innings.
said Kawakami was ''as good as he could possibly be'' but made two mistakes - the pitch too far over the plate that Ross hit
for a home run and a hanging splitter that
hit for a run-scoring triple in the sixth.
Another mistake also hurt Kawakami. The Braves blew a chance at a double play when
dropped a throw from shortstop
at second base in the second inning for an error, leaving the Marlins with runners on first and second. Ross hit his three-run
homer one out later.
''It's part of baseball,'' Kawakami said through an interpreter. ''It's my fault really for giving up the home run right after
Johnson said he lost the throw from Escobar in the sun.
''I knew, obviously, it was coming at me,'' Johnson said. ''I put my glove where I thought it was going. I just couldn't tell
when it was going to get to me.''
The Braves were without two of their top hitters.
, normally the No. 3 hitter, missed his second straight game with a bruised left thumb and cleanup hitter
was given his first break from the starting lineup this season. He reached on a fielder's choice as a pinch-hitter in the
Escobar left the game after five innings with a strained abdominal muscle. He was listed as day to day.
Atlanta placed reliever
on the 15-day disabled list with a sore shoulder after he gave up two hits and one run in the ninth.
Ross hit a fastball from Kawakami about 20 rows deep into the left-field seats in the second inning to drive in
for a 3-0 lead. The deep shot ended Florida's four-game streak without a homer and ended the power drought for Ross to start
''It's good to get it out of the way,'' he said.
The Braves scored one run off Sanchez in the third.
, filling in for McCann as the cleanup hitter, hit his first of two doubles and scored on a single by
Anderson added his second double and again scored on a single by Francoeur in the fifth.
Uggla walked in the sixth and scored on Hermida's triple to center. Ross drove in Hermida with a sacrifice fly.
led off the ninth with a triple off Campillo, and
drove in Gload with a single.
Notes: Baserunners are 0-for-3 in stolen-base attempts against the Marlins after Johnson was thrown out at second base by
in the fourth inning. Florida is the only team in the majors that has not allowed a steal. ... Braves C
started and was the No. 8 hitter after being activated from the 15-day disabled list. C
was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett. ... Kawakami was 2-for-2 for his first two major league hits. ... Right-hander
will be recalled from Gwinnett to replace Campillo. ... Rookie CF
was 0-for-4 with three strikeouts, leaving him 1-for-11 in the series.