MIAMI (Ticker) -- J.D. Drew rewarded
for a fine effort.
Drew delivered a three-run triple and scored when
failed to handle the relay throw as the
scored four times in the seventh inning en route to a 7-2 triumph over the
Thomson (2-1) allowed two runs and eight hits in seven innings. He walked two, struck out seven and lowered his ERA to 2.67.
"If I can keep the same mentality and aggressiveness I had tonight I should be OK," Thomson said. "You just have to trust your stuff and I think I've stayed pretty consistent so far.
"He was throwing real good," Braves manager
said. "That was an outstanding effort against a good ballclub. He was very consistent and in control."
followed Thomson and tossed a hitless eighth before
worked around a two-out single in the ninth.
, who had a homer among his three hits, opened the seventh inning against
(0-1) with a single and, one out later,
doubled to left.
was walked intentionally and
replaced Bump. Drew ripped a 1-1 pitch from Phelps to wall in center field, clearing the bases. When Castillo failed to handle the throw, Drew raced home for a 6-2 lead.
"I saw the ball up in the zone and got good wood on it," Drew said. "My main thought was to drive it into the outfield. ... It means a lot to help the team win a series like this against a good ballclub."
"That was huge, a real game-breaker," Cox said. "He's got that capability."
also was solid, allowing two runs and seven hits in six innings. He walked three and struck out three as his ERA rose to just 0.71.
"All I can do is try to keep my team in the game," Willis said. "It certainly wasn't my best outing. It was tough early but I was able to regain my composure."
"Dontrelle threw a lot of pitches early but then settled down and I thought he did a good job," Florida manager Jack McKeon said.
had four hits for Florida, which has lost five of six meetings with Atlanta this season. Pierre, who has 16 career four-hit games, has 12 hits in his last 28 at-bats after batting .222 in his first 11 contests of the season.
DeRosa got Atlanta on the board two batters into the game when he hit a 2-0 pitch over the center field wall for his first homer of the season.
The homer ended Willis' streak of innings without allowing an earned run at 27 1/3.
"I've been struggling offensively," DeRosa said. "I was due for a good night at the plate."
opened the second with a single and scored on a two-out base hit by DeRosa.
Florida broke through in the second on an RBI single by
and knotted the contest in the fifth on a triple by Pierre and a two-out base hit by Castillo.
The Marlins were playing on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball for the first time since April 19, 1998.