wasn't expecting an intentional walk from Florida reliever
''The guy has punched me out every time he's faced me,'' McCann said.
Pinto's dominance of the matchup ended when McCann hit a tie-breaking, two-run single in the eighth inning, lifting the
to a 7-5 victory over the Marlins on Sunday.
McCann finished with three hits, including a three-run homer in the first, and matched his career high with five RBIs.
Before driving in the go-ahead runs, McCann was 0 for 5 with four strikeouts against Pinto. He came to the plate with runners
on second and third and one out.
An intentional walk to McCann would have loaded the bases, setting up a possible double play. McCann said he figured Florida
manager Fredi Gonzalez was aware of his poor track record against Pinto.
''I don't see that guy good at all, so I would have done the same thing if I was managing,'' McCann said.
With the Marlins' infield drawn in, McCann's single to right-center drove in
''He hits a bullet right through 'em,'' said Braves manager
The Braves won two of three against the Marlins and have won five of their last six series.
, perhaps the Braves' hottest hitter, was waiting to hit behind McCann.
''It's pick your poison,'' Gonzalez said. ''You have to pick your spots. ... You hate putting a guy on. You never know what's
going to happen. There could be another walk.''
(6-2) pitched a scoreless eighth and
recorded the final three outs for his 20th save.
had four hits, including a seventh-inning triple off
, to help the Braves move past Florida for second in the NL East. Rookie
's sacrifice fly to right field drove in Diaz, tying the score at 5-5.
''We don't really get down. We have a mentally tough team,'' Diaz said. ''We have a lot more confidence this year than we
have in the past.''
Calero (2-2) was pulled after walking Infante in the eighth. He gave up two runs in one inning.
's three-run triple in the fourth gave Florida a 5-3 lead.
Florida pitchers issued eight walks, and
's free passes to Johnson and
in the first inning set up McCann's three-run homer. Infante and Johnson walked before McCann's big hit in the eighth.
''He couldn't get the outs he needed,'' said Gonzalez of Nolasco. ''Those first two walks hurt him. And those last two hurt
Florida scored two runs in the second.
singled and scored on a double by
, who moved to third when McCann missed the throw to the plate for an error. Ross scored on Paulino's double-play groundout.
The Marlins loaded the bases off
in the fourth. Following one-out singles by Uggla and Ross,
hit a grounder to shortstop
to set up a possible double play. Johnson dropped Escobar's throw at second for an error, leaving the bases full.
Paulino followed with a three-run double to center for a 5-3 lead.
Lowe gave up nine hits and five runs, three earned, in five innings, while Nolasco gave up nine hits and four runs in 4 1-3
''It wasn't pretty,'' Nolasco said. ''I can't remember the last time I walked two guys in a row.''
Cox had a limited bench. Outfielders
, who have sore backs, hope to return after an odd day Monday. Second baseman
(exertional headaches) missed his fifth straight game.
Cox called on pitcher
as a pinch-hitter in the eighth. He struck out.
NOTES: McCann drove in five runs for the fourth time in his career. ... RHP
threw 1 2-3 scoreless innings. Martinez was recalled from Double-A Jacksonville to replace RHP
, who was placed on the disabled list with a right calf strain. ... Marlins 1B
(sore right hamstring) missed his seventh straight game. ... RHP
gave up six hits and three runs in six innings in his injury rehab start for Triple-A Gwinnett against Charlotte. ... The
Braves have hit home runs in nine straight games.