McCann helps Braves rally past Marlins
ATLANTA (Ticker) -- It took one inning for the
to show why they are closing in on winning another division title.
's RBI single capped a four-run eighth inning as the Braves rallied for a dramatic 4-3 victory over the
The Braves (87-67) won for the just the fourth time in 11 games and reduced their magic number to clinching the NL East to just five games. They have won 13 straight division titles.
It looked like the Braves would continue to stumble as they were blanked by
for the first seven innings. But they snapped a 19-inning scoreless drought in the eighth by getting to the Florida bullpen.
led off the eighth with a double against
followed with an RBI single, drawing the Braves within 3-1.
Marlins manager Jack McKeon immediately went to closer
(1-5), who gave up a single to
to load the bases.
struck out, but
bounced into a forceout to plate a run.
saved a potential inning-ending double play with a hard slide into second.
"I knew I had to get there," Franceour said. "I was just running as hard as I could. It was as fast as I've ever run."
"(The play was) huge," Braves outfielder
said. "It kept the inning going."
Langerhans bounced a ball up the middle, but second baseman
was unable to throw him out at first as
crossed with the tying run. Francoeur went to third on Castillo's wild throw to first.
"Fortunately, I hit mine in the right spot," Langerhans said. "We needed to get some momentum back."
McCann came through by ripping a line drive up the middle to snap a 3-3 tie. One pitch earlier, the rookie's bid for a double went just foul down the right field line.
"You don't get two pitches to hit in an at-bat," McCann said. "I got them. I'm glad to get a pitch in the zone.
Atlanta had scored just four runs in its last 23 innings before its uprising in the eighth.
"You think as a player when you have a scoreless streak like we had that when you do score, the floodgates are going to open,
said. "I was hoping (we'd score) more than three and (we did)."
(3-2) worked a scoreless inning for the win and
struck out the side in the ninth for his ninth save.
It was a devastating loss for Florida (80-74), which remained four games behind Houston in the wild card race with eight games remaining.
"This is a tough loss," Marlins slugger
said. "It was a good opportunity to make up some ground with Houston. We didn't gain ground, but we lost time.
The implosion by the Marlins' bullpen spoiled a solid outing by Beckett, who allowed five hits in seven innings. The righthander walked two and struck out six.
Beckett has not allowed an earned run in 19 innings against the Braves this season.
"It's all for nothing if we don't make the playoffs," Beckett said of his success against Atlanta. "I'm not going to look back and see how many earned runs I allowed against the Braves in 2005 if we don't make the playoffs.
Delgado gave Beckett a lead to work with, delivering an RBI single in the first and belting a two-run homer, his 33rd, in the third.
, who had his start pushed back two days due to shoulder stiffness, surrendered three runs and eight hits in six innings. He walked two, struck out six and threw 56 of 94 pitches for strikes.