NL East Wrap: Braves escape jam, top Fish in 10

NL East Wrap: Braves escape jam, top Fish in 10
June 9, 2011, 4:03 am
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Thursday, June 9, 2011
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Braves 3, Marlins 2

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MIAMI -- Derek Lowe took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, loaded the bases and departed with his team up by two runs. Then the real excitement began.

The Atlanta Braves survived that scoring threat, gave up the lead one strike from victory, went ahead again in the 10th and escaped another jam to beat the Florida Marlins 3-2.

"The most important thing is we found a way to win," Lowe said. "We've been in a lot of tight games. We're used to it in a strange way. The majority of our games are this way. It comes down to one pitch."

Freddie Freeman singled home the go-ahead run in the 10th.

The wild loss extended the Marlins' losing streak to seven games, their longest since April 2009. Six of the defeats have been by a single run.

After the game Florida announced the firing of batting coach John Mallee. He'll be replaced by Eduardo Perez, son of Hall of Famer Tony Perez.

"I don't want to put it all on John, and I don't want to put it all on Eduardo," president for baseball operations Larry Beinfest said. "We just need to find a way to score some runs."

They couldn't again the 37-year-old Lowe, who gave up two hits in 6 2-3 innings. He had his sinker working, with 13 of his 20 outs coming on grounders.

"The wind was blowing in my face and making the ball sink," he said with a smile. "It seems like in about the third inning we were able to get in a good rhythm. It's pretty fun when you can throw the ball where you want. It doesn't happen very often."

The Marlins went 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position and are 8 for 54 (.148) in those situations during the first six games of their dismal homestand.

Brewers 7, Mets 6

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MILWAUKEE -- Nyjer Morgan drove in the winning run with two outs in the ninth, Prince Fielder hit two homers and the Milwaukee Brewers rallied with a 7-6 come-from-behind victory over the New York Mets on Wednesday night.

Milwaukee trailed 6-2 before scoring four times in the eighth, capped by Fielder's second two-run blast.

Craig Counsell singled with one out in the ninth off Dale Thayer (0-1) and stole second when Rickie Weeks struck out.

Morgan then hit a ball down the right-field line to end it and was mobbed at second base first by Fielder, then Weeks as he pointed back to his teammates in celebration.

Ronny Paulino hit a three-run homer for the Mets as part of a five-run eighth that made it 6-2, but New York's bullpen couldn't hold it.

John Axford (2-1) pitched the ninth for the win.

Milwaukee has the best home mark in the majors at 22-8 and haven't lost consecutive games at home all season. The Mets saw their three-game winning streak snapped after winning the opener in this series on Tuesday night.

Milwaukee's bullpen had a 1.88 ERA over its previous 72 innings before Kameron Loe's disaster in the eighth with the Brewers ahead 2-1. Reyes singled and stole second and Justin Turner walked before New York snapped an 0-for-7 streak with runners in scoring position when Carlos Beltran doubled down the right-field line to tie it.

Angel Pagan followed with an RBI single to give New York a 3-2 lead and a bigger celebration followed when Paulino hit his first homer in a Mets uniform three batters later.

Giants 3, Nationals 1

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Matt Cain was at his overpowering best on the mound and even got into the act with his bat to give the San Francisco Giants another close win.

Cain struck out 11 in his first complete game of the season and also hit an RBI double that helped the Giants beat the Washington Nationals 3-1 on Wednesday for their sixth win in eight games.

"He did it all," manager Bruce Bochy said. "It was quite a job for Matty. He pitched very efficiently, had all his pitches going. ... It was a great all-around game for him."

Rookie Brandon Crawford hit a tiebreaking RBI triple in the seventh inning and later scored an insurance run to help first-place San Francisco win its their third straight series.

The Giants have played just 11 games this season that have been decided by more than three runs as they kept to the strong-pitching, low-scoring formula that helped them win the World Series last year.

Yunesky Maya delivered the best performance of his career but remained winless in eight career starts as the Nationals could only muster an RBI double by Rick Ankiel in the seventh inning against Cain (5-4).

Cain and Maya were strong early, with the game remaining scoreless until the bottom of the sixth inning. That's when the Giants came through with back-to-back, one-out doubles by Eli Whiteside and Cain. The hit was just the third in 27 at-bats this season for Cain and his first RBI in exactly one year.

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