Braves blank Marlins for second straight game
ATLANTA (Ticker) --
to unfamiliar territory.
Ramirez and four relievers combined on a four-hitter and Jones belted his major league-leading 21st homer as the Braves blanked the Marlins for the second straight game with an 8-0 victory.
The 25-year-old Ramirez (6-4) tossed five solid innings before leaving with a strained left groin. He allowed just three hits and a walk and struck out two in improving to 3-0 with a 4.06 ERA this month.
"I had rhythm with my delivery," said Ramirez, who induced 11 groundouts. "I was able to be consistent with my fastball. I think that's why I was able to get a couple of ground balls."
The lefthander hopes to make his next start to avoid joining starters
on the disabled list.
"We've already lost three (starters)," Braves manager
said. "We can't afford to lose four, that's for sure."
"I'm leaning towards starting," Ramirez said. "I want to be out there."
Ramirez injured himself while rounding third base after he helped ignite a three-run rally in the fifth inning.
The lefthander opened the frame with a double to center field and scored two batters later on a single by rookie
popped out, but Jones picked him up by crushing a first-pitch offering from Marlins starter
into the second deck in left field for a 4-0 lead.
"I'm getting good pitches to hit," said Jones, who is batting .370 (20-for-54) with nine homers and 18 RBI since teammate
was placed on the disabled list on June 6. "When I get them, I'm not missing them. That happens a lot when you're going good."
"(Andruw's) awesome," said Johnson, who had three hits and scored twice. "Everybody knew he's capable of doing it. He does it every single year."
"As hard as he swings, it doesn't surprise me that he's leading the National League in home runs," Florida center fielder
added a solo shot in the sixth and Giles delivered a two-run double in the seventh, giving the Braves a 7-0 bulge.
With the win, Atlanta manager
tied Hall of Famer
for seventh place on the all-time wins list with 2,040 victories.
"I didn't know (that I tied Alston) to be honest with you," Cox said. "I knew Walter, I'm glad I got to meet him. Walt was a great manager. Twenty-one straight one-year contracts with the Dodgers is pretty darn good."
Moehler (2-5) surrendered four runs, six hits and four walks in five innings for the Marlins, who had not been shut out in consecutive games this season and fell to .500 for the first time since they were 6-6 on April 17.
"It's tough when you only get one guy to third base in two games. We can't get that opportunity," said Marlins manager Jack McKeon, whose squad has lost 19 of its last 26 games against the Braves.
reached on a bunt single in the fifth inning to extend his hitting streak to 12 games. However, slugger
went hitless in three at-bats, halting his run at 15 games.