Kolb falters again as sloppy Braves drop third straight
MIAMI (Ticker) -- The
in the offseason to give them a veteran closer for October. This isn't what they had in mind.
Kolb continued his miserable season by blowing another save as the Braves dropped a 6-4 decision to the
Atlanta (90-71) clinched the National League East title Tuesday, but has lost three straight games since to erase the momentum created by its 14th straight division title.
is not worried about his team's recent slide.
"(There is) no panic, nothing to be concerned about," Cox said. "They'll be ready when it counts."
Trailing 4-2 in the eighth, Florida put two runners on against
before Braves manager
turned to Kolb (3-8), who was expected to replace
as the closer but has turned in a horrible campaign and might be in danger of being left off the postseason roster.
The burly righthander promptly walked
, who is hitting .238, on four pitches. Rookie
followed with a two-run single to right field to tie it. One batter later, pinch hitter
came through with a two-run single of his own for a 6-4 lead.
(2-0) logged a perfect eighth to record the win.
retired the side in order in the ninth for his 40th save in 44 chances.
"It's good to go out on a positive note, and these last two nights have been something we can build on," said Jones, who has posted a 1.75 ERA this year.
hit a two-run homer in the sixth for Florida, which had dropped 12 of its last 15 games.
"It's a nice feeling," Hermida said. "It's been a tough end to the season for the ballclub, but this makes it a little more tolerable."
The contest was delayed for over three hours in the first inning due to rain.