have some fight left in them after all, maybe even the kind to get back in the playoff race.
hit a tying, pinch-hit single and scored the go-ahead run in his first game since teammate
publicly challenged his effort, lifting the
8-3 Thursday night.
''He came out in the afternoon and he tested it and hit in the cages and said, 'I'm good to pinch hit,''' Marlins manager
Fredi Gonzalez said. ''And did he.''
Ramirez emerged in the clubhouse afterward, a towel draped around his waist and wearing a yellow jersey T-shirt of former
teammate and current Detroit slugger
. He then headed back to the training room, and a Marlins spokesman said Ramirez would not be speaking to reporters.
Ramirez's single in the sixth off
(3-5) made it 3-all. The NL batting leader easily made it to second when right fielder
let the ball skip by him for an error, then scored on
' double to highlight a six-run inning.
''I don't know how severe his injury was, but I know he's their guy. He can hit, and why wouldn't they want to give him a
chance to get the winning run across?'' Medlen said.
Ramirez had said a day earlier that he ''got some people upset'' for leaving Tuesday's game with a tight left hamstring. Uggla
overheard him and openly argued with the All-Star shortstop in the clubhouse.
Uggla accused him of a lack of desire and effort to win and went as far as saying Ramirez didn't care because he's already
secured a $70 million, six-year contract.
Gonzalez said Ramirez will be evaluated before the team's game at Washington on Friday before deciding if he will start.
The Marlins salvaged a split of the four-game series. They moved into a tie with Atlanta for third in the wild-card race,
four games behind Colorado.
''It was a good series,'' said Marlins starter
(10-8), who gave up three runs in six innings. ''We didn't get off to a good start, but at least to salvage the last two and
pick this up and put some pressure on them was big.''
Whether the dustup and ensuing closed-door meeting ignited the Marlins, one thing's for sure: They needed Ramirez's bat in
His one-out single ended an 0-for-14 slump and sparked a Marlins lineup that had been struggling for most of the last week,
pushing themselves out of the playoff picture.
all followed with RBI singles in the inning. Only two runs were earned in the sixth, with Braves third baseman
dropping a foul ball earlier in Coghlan's at-bat to go along with Diaz's misplay.
The Braves tried to show a little fight themselves.
was ejected for the sixth time this season to extend his major league record to 149. This one occurred in the eighth for what
appeared to be arguing balls and strikes with Atlanta's
at the plate.
''I think, honestly, I could umpire - just call everything a ball except for pitches right down the middle,'' said Cox, who
called home plate ump Jim Wolf a good umpire.
The rest of Cox's team just didn't do much.
hit his 18th home run of the season in the second to put Atlanta ahead 1-0. Florida tied it on a double by
in the third, then
and Jones each had RBI singles in the fifth to give the Braves a 3-1 lead.
NOTES: Coghlan was picked for NL rookie of the month honors. He had a major league-best 47 hits in 28 games during August
while batting .385. ... Braves OF
(strained left hamstring) was scheduled to play with Single-A Rome on Thursday night. He will likely be activated for the
weekend series against Cincinnati. ... Marlins LHP
, who struggled in last few starts in the majors in mid-August and was sent to the minors, will likely rejoin the sometime
during its weekend series in Washington, manager Fredi Gonzalez said.