Omar Infante delivered a game-winning two-run walk-off single in the bottom of the 11th inning as the Braves edged the Florida Marlins 4-3 on Friday night in Atlanta.
The game featured a good pitchers’ duel between Marlins’ ace Josh Johnson and Braves’ starter Kris Medlen, with both pitching six strong innings of one-run ball.
The Marlins broke on top 1-0 in the game when Florida star Hanley Ramirez blasted a first inning solo shot, but the Braves rallied to score single runs in the fifth and seventh innings, taking a 2-1 lead on a pair of rbi-singles by the hot-hitting Martin Prado, who went 3-for-5 in the game to raise his National League leading batting average to .337.
The Braves carried their 2-1 lead into the ninth inning, but the Marlins tied the game at 2-2 on a solo shot by Gaby Sanchez, and then pushed another run across in the top of the eleventh to go up 3-2, setting the stage for Infante’s game-winning heroics.
And Infante didn’t let the home crowd down as he lined a two-run single to left that sent Brian McCann and Brandon Hicks home with the tying and winning runs as the Braves rallied to win 4-3.
Jonny Venters (3-0, 1.21 ERA) notched up his third win of the year for the Braves, while Florida reliever Leo Nunez (3-2) gave up the game-winning hit to Infante and took the loss for the Marlins.
The Braves improved to 47-33 with the win, while the loss dropped the Marlins to 37-42.