Braves magic number reduced to two
ATLANTA (Ticker) --
prolong A.J. Burnett's misery. Burnett then took out his frustration on the organization.
Giles homered and drove in three runs as the Braves posted a 5-3 victory over the
, reducing their magic number to two to clinch the National League East Division.
With the Braves trailing, 3-1, in the fifth, Giles ended a 2-for-22 slump by belting a two-run homer - his 13th - with two outs to tie the score. He also delivered a seventh-inning sacrifice fly to put the Braves in front.
"It was just a fastball," Giles said of his homer. "He wanted to throw it away and it came over the middle of the plate. ... I'm not that hot right now. Last couple of at- bats, I felt pretty good. I don't think I've been holding up my end of the bargain."
Winning against the Marlins for the second time this weekend, reliever
(4-2) got the victory by striking out
with one on to end the seventh.
retired the side in order in the eighth,
worked a perfect ninth for his 16th save and gave Atlanta a 10-5 mark in the season series against Florida.
"It's great," Giles said. "Obviously, we put the Marlins out of it and now just control our own destiny. I think right now, we need to (clinch it) at home. The sooner, the better."
"It was a big win," said catcher
who matched a career high with three hits. "The magic number is two, now. It's the right time to start playing good."
Burnett (12-12) set a career high with his sixth consecutive loss. He allowed four runs and six hits in six innings, striking out eight and walking four.
After the game, a frustrated Burnett ripped his teammates and coaches, indicating he would pursue free agency in the of season.
"We manage scared, we coach scared and we play scared," Burnett said. "I'm sick of it. It's like they expect us to mess up and when they do, they chew our (butts) up. ... You give up a home run and it's a funeral. ... I'm over it. I've got one more start here and that all that matters."
"He's the only one who can say that," McKeon said. "He plays. We try to do the best we can right here. ... Everybody gets frustrated at times. I think sometimes you've got to look in the mirror. He's just frustrated."
Just two years after winning its first World Series title, Florida can be eliminated from the wild card chase with one loss or one Astros' victory.
"We're obviously on our last breath here," Marlins outfielder
said. "You never say never until you are mathematically eliminated. But nothing more than a miracle will have to happen."
For the third straight day, Florida took an early lead when Conine, who had three hits, smashed a run-scoring single in the first that gave the Marlins a 1-0 edge.
Florida, which has lost nine of 11, extended the lead to 3-0 with run-scoring doubles by