ATLANTA (AP) -- Yunel Escobar's single capped a four-run ninth
inning against Florida closer Kevin Gregg and gave the Atlanta
Braves a 10-9 victory over the Marlins on Tuesday night.
With the bases loaded and one out, Gregor Blanco grounded into
what could have been a game-ending double play. But shortstop
Hanley Ramirez was unable to pull the ball from his glove as Mark
Kotsay slid into second, and Jeff Francoeur scored to make it
Escobar then singled into shallow right field against Gregg
(6-7), who has eight blown saves in 37 chances.
Florida, which began the night 51/2 games back in the NL East,
overcame a 3-0 first-inning deficit and led 8-4 in the eighth. But
the Marlins were done in by eight walks.
Gregg struck out Chippers Jones to end the eighth with the bases
loaded, then faced eight batters in the ninth and allowed five hits
and a walk. Omar Infante singled and scored on a double by Martin
Prado, who came home on Francoeur's single to make it 9-8.
Kelly Johnson singled, Clint Sammons fouled out and Mark Kotsay,
the subject of trade rumors involving Boston, pinch hit and was
intentionally walked to bring up Blanco.
Will Ohman (4-0) got the win despite allowing a run-scoring
double in the ninth to Cody Ross, who went 3-for-5 with a homer and
Atlanta had closed to 8-6 in the eighth when Arthur Rhodes
walked Blanco with the bases loaded and Joe Nelson walked Escobar
with the bases loaded.
Mike Jacobs, batting .096 in his previous 11 games, hit his 26th
homer, a two-run drive off Julian Tavarez that gave Florida a
four-run lead in the seventh.
Braves starter Jair Jurrjens, who gave up six runs, six hits and
two walks in a season-low three innings. Florida's Scott Olsen
allowed four runs, five hits and three walks in 5 1-3 innings.
Notes: Jones played in his 2,000th game, most in Atlanta history.
He ranks third in franchise history behind Hank Aaron (3,076) and
Eddie Mathews (2,223). ... Sammons' RBI single in the sixth ended a