Martin Prado, Chipper Jones, Melky Cabrera, and Yunel Escobar combined for nine hits and five runs-batted-in to lead the Braves to an 8-3 win over the Florida Marlins on Thursday night in Miami.
The hot-hitting Prado had three hits and two runs-batted-in, while Jones, Cabrera, and Escobar all had two hits and one rbi apiece as the Braves pounded Florida pitching for 14 hits and eight runs in the game.
Tim Hudson started the game for Atlanta and Ricky Nolasco started for Florida and the game was close through the early innings with the Braves leading 3-2 after four innings after scoring on rbi-doubles by Jones and David Ross and an rbi-single by Prado.
A 77-minute rain delay chased both starters from the game, however, and the Braves quicky pulled away after a scoreless fifth inning, scoring once in the sixth, once in the seventh, and three times in the eighth to win going away.
The Braves’ bullpen was outstanding, with Peter Moylan, Jonny Venters, Takashi Saito, and Billy Wagner combining to pitch 4 and 2/3 scoreless innings, with Moylan (2-0) notching his second win of the season.
Nolasco (4-4) took the loss for the Marlins after allowing eight hits and three runs in his four innings pitched.
The Braves improved to 25-22 with the win, while the loss dropped the Marlins to 24-24.