Pulling out another could prove difficult with a matchup against Julio Teheran in store.
Teheran and the Braves try to get back to their winning ways against the visiting Marlins in Thursday night's series finale.
Atlanta (49-35) had taken 18 of 21 from Miami (31-52) - including eight straight by a 40-10 margin - before falling 6-3 on Wednesday. Justin Ruggiano delivered a go-ahead three-run homer in the fifth inning and Jeff Mathis added a two-run double in the eighth.
Each of Ruggiano's 12 homers have come on the road, tied for the seventh-most consecutive road homers to open a season. The record is 17 by Washington's Goose Goslin in 1926.
Another big offensive effort may be hard to come by against Teheran (6-4, 3.12 ERA). The right-hander, among the major league leaders with a 2.27 ERA since April 23, has allowed two runs or fewer in all but three of 12 outings over that stretch.
"We know what he's capable of," shortstop Andrelton Simmons told MLB's official website. "He looks more confident off the mound, and he's starting to do what he's been doing in the minor leagues for a couple years back, so it's nice to see that."
Teheran has been particularly dominant at home, where he has struck out 29 in 20 scoreless innings during a three-start winning streak. The 22-year-old fanned 10 over six innings of four-hit ball Friday in a 3-0 victory over Arizona.
"He's got swing-and-miss stuff, which is a good thing to have," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "We knew that, we saw the arm."
Having never faced Miami, Teheran will need to be careful against Mathis. The veteran catcher, who hit .098 with three RBIs in his first 17 games after debuting May 16 due to a broken collarbone, has since gone 6 for 17 with two homers and 13 RBIs over a five-game stretch.
The Marlins, meanwhile, are looking forward to seeing what they have in Henderson Alvarez . Acquired in November's blockbuster 12-player trade with Toronto, Alvarez is set to make his season debut after missing the first three months with shoulder inflammation in his throwing arm.
"I think there is a little bit of an unknown in how he is going to pitch for us, because we didn't see him pitch much before he got hurt," Redmond said of Alvarez, who will be on an 85-pitch limit. "We'll see how he does and how his pitches are and how much he has to grind."
The 23-year-old right-hander went 10-17 with a 4.52 ERA in 41 starts with the Blue Jays over the previous two years.
"He's another good, live young arm," Mathis said. "He knows how to pitch, and he's had success. He has some innings under his belt at the big league level. We're hoping he can come in and pitch like he is capable of and stay healthy."
The only Braves player with any experience against Alvarez is B.J. Upton, who is 3 for 12 with a double in their matchups. Upton is batting a major league-worst .177, going 1 for 14 with six strikeouts against the Marlins this year.
Despite Wednesday's loss, Atlanta is 21-7 at home since May 5. The Braves have only dropped back-to-back games once over that stretch.
|June 25, 2013||Justin Ruggiano||Day-to-Day||Sore left shoulder|
|June 09, 2013||Chris Coghlan||15-Day DL||Right calf irritation|
|June 09, 2013||Casey Kotchman||15-Day DL||Strained left oblique|
|May 27, 2013||Alex Sanabia||15-Day DL||Right groin discomfort|
|May 19, 2013||Matt Diaz||15-Day DL||Left knee bone contusion|
|May 08, 2013||Chris Valaika||15-Day DL||Fractured left wrist|
|July 02, 2013||B.J. Upton||Day-to-Day||Left game - left forearm spasms|
|June 18, 2013||Evan Gattis||15-Day DL||Oblique strain|
|June 17, 2013||Ramiro Pena||15-Day DL||Right shoulder impingement|
|May 29, 2013||Kris Medlen||Day-to-Day||Left game - left upper calf contusion|
|May 18, 2013||Eric O'Flaherty||15-Day DL||Left elbow surgery - out for season|
|May 13, 2013||B.J. Upton||Day-to-Day||Left game - Left shoulder contusion|
ATLANTA (AP) -- Donovan Solano delivered the big hit, Giancarlo Stanton made the crucial catch and the Marlins had a rare series win in Atlanta.
Solano's pinch-hit single off Braves closer Craig Kimbrel drove in the go-ahead run in the ninth inning, lifting Miami to a 4-3 victory Thursday night.
The Marlins, who snapped a streak of eight straight losses to the Braves with Wednesday night's 6-3 victory, took two of three for their first win in a three-game series at Turner Field since April 12-14, 2011.
"It sure feels good, and I know the guys are fired up," said Marlins manager Mike Redmond . "You've got to earn wins in this place against this team, and we earned it."
Marcell Ozuna had three hits, including a homer, and drove in two runs for Miami.
A.J. Ramos (3-2) allowed one hit with four strikeouts in two scoreless innings. Steve Cishek pitched the ninth for his 17th save.
Cishek walked Freddie Freeman to open the ninth. With one out, Stanton made a lunging catch of Dan Uggla 's drive to the right-center gap to preserve the lead.
"That was one of the best catches I've ever seen," Redmond said, before adding with a laugh: "I knew he had it all the way."
Cishek stood on the mound, watching the line drive head toward the gap, and just hoped for a miracle from Stanton.
"I saw he got a pretty good jump on it," Cishek said. "It was like slow motion, and I was wishful thinking, `Reach for that thing, big fella.' I got fired up."
Cishek struck out B.J. Upton to end the game.
Miami has won eight of its last 10 overall for four straight series wins. It was the Braves' first loss of a three-game series at Turner Field this season.
Kimbrel (2-2) issued walks to Ed Lucas and Logan Morrison , and struck out Stanton and Ozuna. Solano, pinch-hitting for Derek Dietrich , singled to right field. Lucas scored from second, beating Jason Heyward 's throw to the plate.
"Anytime you start an inning off with a leadoff walk and then you put another one behind it, that makes it difficult," Kimbrel said.
Solano hit a 0-2 pitch from Kimbrel.
"It wasn't down as much as I would have liked," Kimbrel said. "It's one of those pitches that when you throw it, you kind of want to throw it in the dirt. You don't want to throw it where he can put the bat on the ball. And he was able to do it."
Henderson Alvarez came off the 60-day disabled list for his Marlins debut and gave up hits to four of the first five batters to open the game. Freeman's single drove in Andrelton Simmons and Heyward. Freeman scored on Brian McCann 's double for a 3-0 lead.
Alvarez made a quick recovery to retire the next 11 batters, providing his teammates an opportunity to rally against Julio Teheran .
"I felt like my command wasn't there in the first inning," Alvarez said through a translator. "After that I was able to get in the zone."
Ozuna hit his fifth homer in the second inning. Jeff Mathis singled to lead off the second and scored on a groundout by Lucas. Ozuna added a fourth-inning single to drive in Morrison, who doubled, for a 3-all tie.
In his shortest outing since lasting five innings on April 18 at Pittsburgh, Teheran gave up six hits and three runs in five innings. He struck out seven.
Alvarez also allowed three runs in five innings. He gave up five hits with no walks.
Alvarez was lifted for a pinch hitter in the sixth when the Marlins had runners on first and third with one out. Greg Dobbs popped out and David Carpenter ended the inning on Justin Ruggiano 's groundout.
NOTES: The Braves optioned RHP Cory Gearrin to Triple-A Gwinnett after the game and will make a corresponding move on Friday. ... The Marlins optioned RHP Tom Koehler to Triple-A New Orleans to clear a roster spot for Alvarez. Koehler was 1-5 with a 4.70 ERA in 16 games, including 10 starts. ... Braves C-OF Evan Gattis , recovering from a right oblique injury, took swings off a tee. Gattis has been on the 15-day DL since June 18. ... The Braves placed OF Jordan Schafer on the 15-day DL with a right ankle contusion. He has been limited since fouling a ball off his ankle on June 26. OF Joey Terdoslavich was called up from Triple-A Gwinnett and struck out as a pinch hitter in the eighth. ... RHP Tim Hudson will face LHP Cliff Lee when the Braves open a series at Philadelphia on Friday night. ... Miami's road trip shifts to St. Louis, where RHP Jacob Turner will face Cardinals RHP Jake Westbrook on Friday night.