Minor looks for a third consecutive win Sunday while trying to prevent the visiting Miami Marlins from building on their first victory in a week.
Atlanta (71-46) averaged 5.9 runs and 10.4 hits during its 14-game winning streak, but was held to three singles by four Miami pitchers during Saturday's 1-0 loss. The Braves fell one victory shy of tying the 2000 team for the franchise's longest winning streak since the 1891 Boston Beaneaters won 18 in a row."Yeah, man, we had a good run," said catcher Evan Gattis , who was unable to stop a wild pitch in the ninth inning that produced the game's only run. "I hate that it ended."
The defeat also snapped an eight-game home run for the Braves, who lead the NL East by 14 1/2 games.
Adeiny Hechavarria tripled to lead off the ninth then scored on the wild pitch to help the Marlins (44-71) snap a six-game slide."They're a great team," said Miami's Nathan Eovaldi , who yielded one hit and struck out eight in seven innings. "It was just a great win all around."
Miami has totaled 13 runs in seven games since a 10-0 rout of Cleveland on Aug. 2.
The Marlins' struggles at the plate could continue against Minor (11-5, 2.76 ERA), who is 3-1 with a 1.74 ERA in his last six starts. He's allowed three runs over 20 innings while going 2-0 in the last three.
The left-hander was not satisfied even after he gave up two of those runs along with eight hits and three walks over six innings of Monday's 3-2 win at Washington.
"I know it very easily could have been five or six runs," Minor told the Braves' official website. "So I'm thankful for only two runs."
He's 1-1 with a 2.50 ERA in three starts versus Miami this season.
With a single Saturday, Atlanta All-Star Freddie Freeman is batting .364 (12 for 33) while hitting in nine straight against the Marlins.
Giancarlo Stanton could be in the lineup Sunday for Miami after the struggling slugger was given the night off. He's 4 for 37 with two RBIs and 15 strikeouts in his last 10 games.
"It seems that he is really grinding," manager Mike Redmond told the Braves' official website. "Sometimes just a day to sit and relax and not really think about your swing will help guys. Hopefully that's the case with him."
Stanton's two hits in 12 at-bats against Minor both left the park.
Scheduled Miami starter Henderson Alvarez (2-1, 2.80) has allowed seven runs over 34 innings while going 2-0 in his last five starts. He's yielded five of those runs over the last two, including three in seven innings of a 4-3 loss at Pittsburgh on Tuesday.
The right-hander is 0-1 with a 5.73 ERA in two starts versus the Braves this season.
Atlanta's Brian McCann , 2 for 4 with a double against Alvarez, could return after resting his sore knee Saturday.
|July 26, 2013||Kevin Slowey||15-Day DL||Right forearm discomfort|
|July 23, 2013||Marcell Ozuna||15-Day DL||Torn left thumb ligament|
|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||60-Day DL||Strained left oblique|
|May 27, 2013||Alex Sanabia||60-Day DL||Right groin discomfort|
|August 06, 2013||Jason Heyward||Day-to-Day||Strained neck|
|July 29, 2013||Reed Johnson||15-Day DL||Left knee tendinitis|
|July 26, 2013||Gerald Laird||15-Day DL||Kidney stone|
|July 26, 2013||Gerald Laird||15-Day DL||Kidney stone|
|July 25, 2013||Tim Hudson||15-Day DL||Fractured right ankle|
|July 21, 2013||Paul Maholm||15-Day DL||Bruised left wrist|
ATLANTA (AP) -- Freddie Freeman and Atlanta's hitters made certain the end of a long winning streak would not be followed by a new streak of offensive futility.
Freeman hit a three-run homer, Jason Heyward had four hits and the Braves beat the Miami Marlins 9-4 on Sunday.
The Braves took two of three in the series. Their 14-game winning streak ended in a 1-0 loss to the Marlins on Saturday night. Freeman said it was important to move past the shutout loss.
"When you win 14 in a row, it's always a good thing and then the next thing you know you get shut out," Freeman said. "You don't want that to keep going. We wanted to come out here and get some runs on the board early."
B.J. Upton drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly and Chris Johnson hit a two-run double in the four-run seventh inning that broke open a tie game.
Evan Gattis had three hits, including his run-scoring double in the seventh.
Mike Minor (12-5) gave up four runs on six hits and one walk in seven innings, ended a streak of six straight starts with no more than two earned runs allowed.
The Braves trailed 3-0 in the second inning before taking their 38th comeback win of the season, the most in the majors. The Texas Rangers began Sunday's games second in the majors with 36 come-from-behind wins.
"There's a lot of trust in our guys," Freeman said. "We never panic. We lead the league in coming back. I think that's just a testament to our team."
Braves outfielder Justin Upton left the game in the fifth inning with cramping in his left hamstring. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said it's the second time this season Upton has had the problem.
"It's just a cramp that he gets every once in a while," Gonzalez said. "We've got to figure out a way to keep him on the field without cramping."
The Marlins have lost seven of eight. Right-hander Henderson Alvarez gave up four runs on seven hits and a walk in six innings.
"I thought Henderson was good," said Marlins manager Mike Redmond . "We came out and scored those runs early and we couldn't shut them down. ... That's a tough lineup to plow through."
The game was tied at 4 when pinch-hitter Joey Terdoslavich replaced Minor in the seventh. Dan Jennings (1-3) walked Terdoslavich to start the Braves' four-run inning.
Heyward singled and Terdoslavich scored the go-ahead run on a line drive to left field by B.J. Upton off A.J. Ramos. Following Ramos' intentional walk to Freeman, Gattis hit a run-scoring double and Johnson drove in two runs with a double over Giancarlo Stanton in right field. Stanton appeared to lose the ball in the sun.
"That seventh inning, we just couldn't stop them," Redmond said. "We didn't execute some pitches and they've got a lot of weapons over there. And as you can see, they have the ability to do some damage with the middle of their order and we couldn't stop them. Couldn't get them out."
Justin Upton left the game after running to first base on an unsuccessful sacrifice bunt attempt in the fifth inning. Marlins catcher Koyie Hill threw out Minor, who was not expecting the bunt, at third base as Upton reached on the fielder's choice.
B.J. Upton replaced his brother as a pinch-runner. Freeman followed with his three-run homer that gave Atlanta a 4-3 lead.
Alvarez escaped a bases-loaded jam in the fourth. Freeman led off with a double and moved to third on an infield hit by Gattis. With one out, Dan Uggla walked to load the bases, but the inning ended on Andrelton Simmons ' fly ball to shallow right field and Jordan Schafer 's groundout.
The Marlins took a 3-0 lead in the second. Ed Lucas doubled and scored on a single by Jake Marisnick . Hill singled before Alvarez lined a two-run double over Justin Upton in left field.
NOTES: Marlins LF Christian Yelich 's 10-game hitting streak ended. ... Braves C Gerald Laird was activated from the 15-day DL after having kidney stones removed. ... The Braves optioned OF Todd Cunningham to Triple-A Gwinnett. ... C Brian McCann was held out of the starting lineup for the second straight day with a sore right knee. McCann said he had similar soreness last season and wants to better control the situation this year. ... Schafer, who came off the DL on Saturday, made his first start since June 26. ... The Braves continue their nine-game homestand on Monday night when RHP Julio Teheran faces Philadelphia LHP Cole Hamels . The Marlins open a series at Kansas City with RHP Tom Koehler facing Royals RHP Wade Davis .