ATLANTA (Ticker) -
has had better birthdays.
Cabrera, who celebrated his 21st birthday Sunday, couldn't find
's routine fly ball to right field with two outs in the 10th inning, allowing
to score from first and giving the Braves a 3-2 victory over the Marlins.
Florida came into Atlanta riding a seven-game winning streak, but was swept by the Braves for the first time since May 6-8, 1996. The Marlins had not lost three consecutive games since August 26-28, 2003.
(2-1), whose only real mistake was a two-out walk to Jones, was the tough-luck loser. Estrada followed with a fly to medium right field, but Cabrera, who was not wearing sunglasses, lost the ball in the sun. The ball bounced on one hop to the right fielder who quickly fired it to second baseman
"I saw (the ball) at first," Cabrera said. "I tried to get the glove up and didn't see it. It's a tough play, man."
"I thought it was just a can of corn, a popup," said Estrada. "I started to round first base and I saw him kind of staggering a little bit, and I thought, 'wait a minute, he wasn't wearing any sunglasses.' That sun out there is brutal. Sure enough, it dropped in front of him."
Castillo's relay throw appeared to beat Jones, but a terrific slide to the back end of the plate by Jones barely avoided catcher
's tag, setting off a wild celebration.
"I was just running around the bases," Jones said. "You never know with the sun out there. You just have to keep hustling all the way around."
"It was unbelievable," Atlanta manager
said. "The sun got Cabrera and Andruw never stopped running. That's what won the game."
(2-0) worked the 10th to get the victory, after starter
deserved a better fate.
Hampton tossed seven-plus innings and held a 2-0 lead before giving way to
with one on in the eighth. The Marlins' best pinch hitter,
, promptly blasted a two-run homer to tie the game.
"Confidence wise, it's nice to have a solid outing against a team of their caliber," Hampton said. "They don't make it easy on you."
The Braves took a 2-0 lead in the sixth on two-out home run by Jones and an RBI single by
to chase Marlins' starter
, who surrendered two runs, five hits and five walks over five-plus innings.
was ejected by home plate umpire Chris Guccione after the fifth for arguing a third-strike call, ending his 11-game hitting streak. Atlanta manager
was subsequently ejected for arguing about Giles' ejection.
It was Giles' first ejection of his career, and the second of the season for Cox.
"(Guccione) hadn't been calling the high strike all day long," Giles said. "You establish your strike zone and you need to stay with it."
The Braves lost
in the sixth after he aggravated his right hamstring injury while attempting to catch a triple by Castillo in the left field gap. He will be re-evaluated on Monday.