Julio Teheran didn't have much in his latest meeting with the lowly NL East rival.
After outpitching phenom Jose Fernandez in his most recent outing, Teheran attempts to beat the Marlins again and help the Braves continue their dominance in Miami on Tuesday night.
Atlanta (86-57) has won 20 of its past 25 visits to Miami behind a 2.07 ERA. The staff has a 1.77 ERA, while going 13-3 at Marlins Park, which opened last year.
The Braves continued that dominant stretch by doing all of their scoring in the fourth inning of a 5-2 win to open this four-game set.
"Five hits and five runs on one frame," manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "And we made it hold up."
Giving the ball to Teheran (11-7, 3.01 ERA) may keep them rolling.
The right-hander was superb in a 2-1 win over Miami (53-89) on Aug. 30, yielding one run with eight strikeouts in 6 1-3 innings in a pitchers' duel with Fernandez.
While Fernandez is considered a favorite for the NL Rookie of the Year Award, Teheran is making a case for his own consideration by leading Atlanta with a 2.23 ERA and 54 strikeouts in 48 1-3 innings over eight starts since the All-Star break.
In an effort to monitor Teheran's innings, Atlanta, which is closing in on the division crown, opted to skip his latest outing Wednesday, which ended in a 5-2 loss to the New York Mets . Teheran's 161 1-3 innings rank third on the team and fourth among rookies.
Freddie Freeman is hitting .348 with two homers, six doubles, nine RBIs and 12 runs in 13 games against the Marlins this season. He's doubled and tripled in three at-bats against Tom Koehler , Miami's scheduled starter.
Koehler (3-9, 4.70) is 0-3 with a 5.68 ERA over his last six starts. The rookie right-hander was putting together a strong start in last Tuesday's 6-2 win at Chicago, but was charged with two runs. The first came on a leadoff homer in the fifth before Koehler walked the bases loaded and was lifted with one out.
"You give up a leadoff home run, things like that are going to happen," Koehler told the team's official website. "But after that, you have to be able to shut them down. I don't know if it was a combination of trying to do a little too much and losing the zone, and with them being a little bit more patient, but it's just one of those innings that can't happen."
Koehler has no record and a 2.00 ERA over four meetings with the Braves, giving up three runs in five innings of an 11-3 road defeat in his only career start against them.
The Marlins may have Giancarlo Stanton back in the lineup after he missed two games with a sore right ankle, suffered in a 7-0 win at Atlanta on Sept. 1.
"Best case, (Tuesday) he's ready to go," manager Mike Redmond told the team's official website. "But it really is up to him. We're going day to day. When he says he is good to go and ready to play, he will play."
Stanton has a .136 average with one homer and three RBIs in 14 season meetings with Atlanta, and he's 0 for 7 with two strikeouts and three walks versus Teheran.
|August 29, 2013||Justin Upton||Day-to-Day||Left hand injury|
|August 22, 2013||Jason Heyward||15-Day DL||Fractured right jaw|
|August 21, 2013||Brandon Beachy||15-Day DL||Right elbow inflammation|
|August 20, 2013||Justin Upton||Day-to-Day||Strained upper back|
|August 15, 2013||Tyler Pastornicky||15-Day DL||Torn left ACL - out for season|
|August 13, 2013||Dan Uggla||15-Day DL||Eye surgery|
|September 09, 2013||Jeff Mathis||Day-to-Day||Left game - bruised right thumb|
|September 08, 2013||Giancarlo Stanton||Day-to-Day||Left game - sore right foot and ankle|
|September 02, 2013||Henderson Alvarez||Day-to-Day||Left game - tight right hamstring|
|September 01, 2013||Giancarlo Stanton||Day-to-Day||Right ankle|
|August 19, 2013||Placido Polanco||7-Day DL||Concussion|
|August 19, 2013||Placido Polanco||7-Day DL||Concussion|
MIAMI (AP) -- Julio Teheran said his 10-day layoff seemed more like a month, and the first inning upon his return lasted a long time, too.
The rookie right-hander struggled at the outset but settled down to pitch 6 2-3 innings and help the Atlanta Braves beat the Miami Marlins 4-3 on Tuesday night.
Teheran (12-7) gave up three runs in the first inning, then none after that.
"The first inning I was feeling a little bit weird after the long rest," he said. "But my arm was feeling good. I was feeling good after that inning."
Mindful of October games to come for the NL East leaders, Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez decided to have Teheran skip a turn in the rotation.
"Anytime you give those guys a breather, maybe you don't see it the first start back, but I think you'll see it the next couple of starts and beyond," Gonzalez said. "That's what we want to do - we want to pitch these guys beyond the next couple of starts."
Teheran allowed five hits, only three after the first, and struck out six. One run scored when shortstop Andrelton Simmons made a poor throw to first trying to complete a double play that would have ended the first inning.
Braves right fielder Justin Upton left the game in the fourth with a bruised right knee after fouling a ball off it. He said he might be back in the lineup Wednesday.
Atlanta won with a walkoff rundown. Marlins pinch-runner Jake Marisnick made the final out trying to advance to third when Craig Kimbrel 's fastball got past catcher Brian McCann .
The pitch caromed off the backstop directly to McCann, who took advantage of the favorable bounce to start a 2-5-4 putout.
"An unfortunate bounce," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said.
"Awesome," Braves left fielder Evan Gattis said. "Just like we drew it up."
That gave Kimbrel his major league-leading 46th save in 49 chances. He has converted 36 straight opportunities.
After Teheran departed with a 4-3 lead in the seventh, the Marlins loaded the bases before Luis Ayala came on to strike out Giancarlo Stanton and end the inning.
"Biggest out of the game," Gonzalez said.
"I told Luis I was going to take him to dinner after that," Teheran said.
Atlanta went 3 for 16 with runners in scoring position, but Gattis had his third straight two-RBI game. Chris Johnson , who came into the game leading the NL in batting, drove in a run and had two singles for his 46th multi-hit game. His average rose to .330.
Stanton returned to the Marlins lineup after missing two games with a sore ankle, and he doubled home a run in the first. But Miami had only three hits after the opening inning.
"We've seen that before," Redmond said. "We come out and score, then get shut down. I'm not sure how that happens, but it's happened a lot."
Tom Koehler (3-10) allowed four runs in five innings. He's 0-4 in his past seven starts.
The Marlins must go 10-9 the rest of the way to avoid a 100-loss season.
"It's embarrassing when you lose 100," veteran Chris Coghlan said.
Miami fell to 19-30 in one-run games.
Gattis and Brian McCann hit consecutive two-out RBI doubles in the first for a 2-0 lead that didn't last long. Gattis and Johnson had RBI singles in the third to put the Braves ahead to stay.
NOTES: Atlanta OF Reed Johnson (left Achilles tendinitis) was activated from the DL before the game. ... Braves reliever Jordan Walden (groin) threw a bullpen session Tuesday and said he felt good afterward. Barring a setback, he will be available to pitch beginning Thursday. ... Tentative schedules for 2014 were released Monday, and the Braves will open the season at Milwaukee on March 31. The Marlins will open at home March 31 against Colorado. ... Marlins LHP Bryan Flynn will make his second major league start Friday against the Mets and likely remain in the rotation after that. Struggling RHP Jacob Turner 's next start will be pushed back to Sunday.
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