MIAMI (Ticker) -- The
's bat to get a refreshing reversal of fortune against the
Conine broke a scoreless tie with a two-run homer in the sixth inning and finished with three RBI as the Marlins avoided a series sweep with a 3-0 victory over the Braves.
Since July 21, Conine is hitting .477 (21-for-44) with runners in scoring position and .361 (21-for-61) in his last 15 games overall. Florida is 12-1 in games he has homered this season.
"I just took a chance and hoped he (Ortiz) would make a mistake," Conine said. "I was swinging early and swinging up. I got a fastball down and luckily it hit my bat. You just go out there and do what you can to help the team win."
(13-8) scattered two hits in six innings for his third win in his last four starts. The Marlins lead the major leagues with 14 shutouts this season.
"I just wanted to be aggressive and keep my team in the game," Valdez said. "It was huge for us to go out and get a win today. I was able to locate my pitches and everything was working."
Valdez credited his defense with making his job easier.
"When you pitch here in a big park and you have the gloves like we do behind you, it definitely works to your advantage," Valdez said.
"Valdez was outstanding," manager Jack McKeon said. "He kept us in the game and then the bullpen shut the door on them. When you get that kind of pitching, you can be satisfied scoring three runs."
gave up one hit in two innings of relief and
retired the side in the ninth for his 43rd save, which ties his career high. Benitez has given up three earned runs in 29 1/3 innings over 26 games.
"I don't think about numbers (of saves)," Benitez said. "I think about helping this team win and continuing to get it done. I'm happy to get the saves because that's what I do. But I also like pitching here because this is a good group and he (McKeon) has been great to me."
McKeon knows his team has to make hay in the wild card chase, beginning with a doubleheader against Chicago on Monday.
"These guys just keep battling through adversity," McKeon said. "They don't feel we're out of it and neither do I. We could sweep the Cubs tomorrow and be right back in it."
Atlanta managed to get only one runner to third base.
was stranded in the first inning when
bounced out to first.
"We just couldn't get him any runs and not many hits," said Atlanta manager
. "He (Ortiz) pitched well enough to win. But we didn't get him any support."
Florida is 5-11 against Atlanta but 34-13 against the rest of the National League East.
(14-9) gave up two runs and seven hits in six innings for his first loss against the Marlins in his last five starts.
"I'm sick and tired of the home runs I give up to decide games," Ortiz said. "Up to that point I was pitching well and hitting my spots. But you can't let something like (Conine's home run) happen."
The Braves' magic number to clinch their 13th consecutive division title remains at six.