Marlins erase deficits in ninth, 13th in dramatic win
MIAMI (Ticker) -- The
only seem to come through with clutch hits when their backs are against the wall.
's bloop single in the 13th inning scored
with the winning run, lifting the Marlins to a thrilling 6-5 victory over the
, who had their five-game winning streak snapped.
Florida has struggled to score runs all season, due mainly to a lack of clutch hitting. The Marlins went hitless in nine at-bats with runners in scoring position over the first two games of the series and opened this one 1-for-8 before producing in the ninth inning.
Atlanta's fifth reliever of the night,
was called upon to protect a 4-2 lead. But the righthander allowed one-out singles to
to put runners on the corners before Cabrera lined a base hit off the glove of third baseman
, slicing the deficit to 4-3.
followed with a single off the glove of shortstop
that plated Castillo with the tying run, giving Reitsma his second blown save in as many chances.
"I thought I pitched well, but they kept coming after it," Reitsma said. "It was just one of those games where they kept battling."
However, the Marlins squandered opportunities to win the game in the 11th and 12th innings, putting runners in scoring position with none out in both frames but failing to push across the deciding run.
led off the 13th inning against
(4-1) by crushing his major league-leading 25th homer to give Atlanta a 5-4 lead.
"I tip my cap to the Marlins," said Jones, whose home run was his franchise-record 13th in the month of June. "They did what they had to do to win, so give them credit. It was a good comeback for them."
"We thought we had it won when it was 4-2 in the ninth. Then we thought we had it won on Andruw's home run," Braves manager
said. "They kept coming back on us."
Staring defeat in the face for the second time, the Marlins came through with a clutch rally in the bottom half.
surrendered a leadoff single to Castillo before giving way to
, the last available pitcher in the Braves' bullpen. Bernero (4-3) yielded a single to Cabrera but induced
to fly out.
Paul Lo Duca
followed with a single to center to tie the game and Encarnacion flared Bernero's next offering into right field to give the Marlins just their second win in 33 games when trailing after eight innings.
"It was not going to go another inning," said Encarnacion, who also belted a solo homer in the fourth. "We had so many opportunities and I just said to myself that this was the time to do it."
Florida finished the game 5-for-21 with runners in scoring position, with two of those hits coming in the crucial ninth inning and two others providing the difference in the 13th.
"We went through a whole range of emotions in that game," Lo Duca said. "We haven't played with a lot of that lately, so the celebration at the end was kind of a relief thing that our persistence had finally paid off."
Castillo finished with four hits and Lo Duca, Encarnacion and Cabrera added three apiece for Florida, which improved to 2-6 in extra-inning affairs.
hit a solo homer in the second inning and rookie
added a two-run shot in the fifth for the Braves, who fell to 7-4 against the Marlins this season.
Making just his ninth career start,
allowed two runs and five hits in five innings for Atlanta, which dropped to 38-3 when leading after eight innings.
surrendered four runs, eight hits and four walks in 4 1/3 frames.
Marlins manager Jack McKeon, who also will miss Thursday's series finale, was not in attendance due to a death in the family. Bench coach Harry Dunlop guided the club in McKeon's absence.
"This was one of those turning-point games, a huge win for us," Dunlop said. "If we had lost it, it would have killed us because the guys were busting all night long."