Eury Perez’s two-out single in the eighth inning proved to be the decisive blow as the Braves overcame Matt Wisler’s shaky start and Andrew McKirahan’s ugly relief appearance to claim a 9-8 win over the Marlins on Thursday night at Turner Field.
After the Marlins erased a three-run deficit against McKirahan in the top of the eighth, Daniel Castro singled off Bryan Morris to begin the bottom of the inning, moved to second on Morris’ throwing error and scored when Perez hit his game-winning single to shallow left-center field. Miami has dropped four straight, allowing 44 runs during the slide.
Adonis Garcia highlighted Atlanta’s three-run fifth inning with his four homer in what was just his 49th career at-bat. Arodys Vizcaino worked a scoreless ninth inning to record his first career save. The Braves have won eight of the first 10 games they have played against the Marlins this season.
Braves right fielder Nick Markakis extended his hitting streak to 13 games and drove in three of the five runs Marlins starter Jose Urena allowed through the first two innings. Markakis’ two-run double highlighted a three-run second inning that also included a Jace Peterson RBI single.
When the rain picked up in the eighth, the Marlins swam their way back into the game. For the second time on the night, Miami overcame a three-run deficit to pull even. The three runs knotted the score at 8 off McKirahan, who was with the Marlins in Spring Training. Dee Gordon had a two-run single, and Christian Yelich’s fielder’s-choice RBI grounder tied it.
Wisler extended his recent struggles, allowing five earned runs and nine hits over 5 1/3 innings. Wisler surrendered two hits before recording his first out in a two-run first inning, and he allowed four hits, including Derek Dietrich’s solo homer, during a two-run fourth inning. The rookie right-hander has seen his ERA rise from 3.10 to 4.85 as he has allowed at least four earned runs in three of his past four starts.
Julio Teheran gets the nod on Friday night at 6:35 p.m. CT in the second of four games against the Marlins. Teheran defeated the Marlins in Miami on Opening Day and then did not win another road start until last Sunday in Philadelphia. Though Teheran has been maddeningly inconsistent this year, he has posted a 2.37 ERA in 10 home starts. Thunder Radio will have the broadcast of the contest beginning at 6:20 PM.