MIAMI (Ticker) -- The
are doing to the
what the Marlins have been doing to the
overcame six walks, including three in the bottom of the first, and allowed just one run and four hits in 6 1/3 innings as the Braves defeated the Marlins, 6-1, in the opener of a three-game series.
Ortiz (2-2) struck out six and yielded only an RBI double to
in the sixth, continuing his success against Florida. The righthander has won his last three starts against the Marlins, allowing two runs in 22 innings.
"It was a tough start, but I got out of it," Ortiz said. "I just found my rhythm from the second inning on and it was a matter of settling down."
Ortiz walked the bases loaded in the first but got
to fly out and struck out
Hee Seop Choi
"He was missing by three or four inches," Braves manager
said. "He worked out of that first inning and settled into a nice groove."
While the Marlins are 6-0 against the Phillies this season, they fell to 0-4 against the Braves.
"You have tough luck against some teams and we seem to have tough luck against them," Marlins manager Jack McKeon said. "Hey, that's part of baseball. It's one of those things you can't explain."
Atlanta got to World Series hero
(1-2) early, taking a 2-0 lead in the first on a sacrifice fly by
and a run-scoring groundout by J.D. Drew.
delivered an RBI double in the second before rookie
's two-run double in the third made it 5-0.
Beckett surrendered all six runs, including a solo homer by J.D. Drew in the fifth.
"I stunk up the place," Beckett said. "You can't get by with anything you did last year or what you did last week. It only matters what you do when you're on the mound, and I obviously didn't get it done."
"He's still a great pitcher to me and looked pretty good to me, regardless of the numbers," Drew said.
Ortiz tired in the seventh, walking
to end the threat.
"They have just played better baseball against us, just like we do with Philly," McKeon said. "You play this game over an entire season and don't worry about streaks. If you do, you'll get in trouble."
each pitched a scoreless inning for the Braves.