After a fielding error by third baseman Chris Johnson that was followed moments later by a three-run home run by Miami Marlins catcher Rob Brantly, Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Julio Teheran settled down and was backed by his offense in a 6-4 victory on Tuesday in Miami.
Left fielder Justin Upton had three hits and two RBIs, including two doubles and a solo homer, while center fielder B.J. Upton tallied two hits and an RBI and catcher Brian McCann finished with a hit and two RBIs, accounting for five of Atlanta’s six runs — the other run came when B.J. scored on a throwing error in the top of the sixth inning.
Teheran earned the win after tossing 7 1/3 innings of four-run (one earned), seven-hit ball, striking out three and issuing two walks, which helped the Braves battle back after trailing 3-1 through three innings and 4-3 through four. In the process, he provided a big boost to a bullpen that was heavily taxed during Monday’s 7-1 win that took 14 innings and seven pitchers to complete.
What was really impressive was the fact that even when the Uptons and McCann made outs, they put some good swings on the ball and/or did something productive. Although some of those things will likely get lost in the box score, all that matters is that they were a part of the Braves’ second straight win over the Fish.
B.J., for instance, lined out to third base in one of his bats, but was only retired because of a superb defensive play. McCann, meanwhile, allowed Justin to cross the plate via a sacrifice fly in the top of the third.
For much of the season, the Braves have struggled to do the little things, and yet they’ve still managed to remain in first place in the National League East for all but one day.
If they start doing those little things consistently, watch out. Things could be about to heat up in Atlanta.