It took 10 innings to do it but the Miami Marlins got the victory over the Atlanta Braves Tuesday night 4-3. The Marlins continue the effort to get the fourth place spot in the National League East. The New York Mets game against the Philadelphia Phillies was postponed due to the rain.
1. Reyes walk-off: After the Marlins bullpen blew it in the top of the ninth, the team would have to make some kind of magic in the extra frames. With two outs, and Rob Brantly on second and Gorkys Hernandez on first, shorstop Jose Reyes delivered in a very clutch moment with a game-winning single that scored Brantly for the win. Reyes’ third hit of the ball game proved to be the decisive hit. Reyes also had a double in the ball game. With his three hits, Reyes has now had five straight multi-hit games.
2. John Buck shows up: The Marlins have not had a lot of John Buck this season. He is batting a career low .196/.304/.335 but he did so happen to show up Tuesday night. Buck finished the night 2-for-3 with his 11th home run of the season coming off of Peter Moylan in the seventh inning.
3. Nathan Eovaldi stellar: Nathan Eovaldi started again for the Marlins as he tried to make a case to keep his job in the rotation. He pitched great but did not pick up the win thanks to the crummy Marlins bullpen. Eovaldi lasted eight innings allowing only four hits and striking out five batters. It is clearly the best game he has pitched this season but he did not get the win. Instead, Heath Bell picked up the victory.
The Marlins and Braves wrap up the series Wednesday when Josh Johnson (8-12, 3.81 ERA) faces Kris Medlan (8-1, 1.62).
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