By CHARLES ODUM
AP Sports Writer
ATLANTA (AP) -- Hanley Ramirez hit two homers, including a
two-run shot in a four-run ninth inning, and the Florida Marlins
rallied to beat the Atlanta Braves 6-4 Wednesday.
Mike Rabelo hit a tying two-run homer in the ninth as Manny
Acosta blew a 4-2 lead. Acosta (3-3) recorded only one out while
giving up four hits, three for extra bases, and four runs for his
second blown save in five opportunities.
The blown two-run lead in the ninth came only hours after John
Smoltz, who hoped to return as the team's closer, announced he will
have season-ending shoulder surgery next week.
Justin Miller (2-2) pitched two perfect innings for the win.
Kevin Gregg pitched the ninth for his 11th save in 14 chances.
Rafael Soriano, who returned from the disabled list last
Wednesday, was not called on after pitching in the first two games
of the series, including a save on Tuesday night.
The meltdown took a win from Tom Glavine, who gave up two runs
in five innings. The loss kept the Braves from moving into a
second-place tie with the Marlins in the NL East.
Glavine needed 97 pitches to make it through five innings, but
he gave up only six hits and two walks -- both in the first inning --
with five strikeouts.
Jeff Francoeur had two hits and drove in a run in Atlanta's
two-run second inning against Mark Hendrickson.
Ramirez led off the game with a walk and scored the Marlins'
first run on Mike Jacobs' single. Ramirez hit his first homer in
the third inning.
The Braves tied the game with three hits, including Greg
Norton's run-scoring single, in the first.
Atlanta took the lead with four hits in the second. Josh
Anderson, who had two hits in his first start in center field,
reached on an infield single. Florida manager Fredi Gonzalez argued
Anderson was out on a close play at first. Yunel Escobar drove in
Anderson with a single to right and later scored on Francoeur's
Omar Infante hit a one-out double in the sixth and scored on
Anderson's single to center, giving the Braves a 4-2 lead.
Gonzalez was thrown out of the game by first-base umpire Adrian
Johnson after arguing another close call at first base in the
eighth inning. Johnson hesitated before calling Mike Jacobs out on
a grounder to second. Jacobs appeared to beat the throw from Kelly
Johnson but his foot may have missed the front of the bag.
First base coach Andy Fox intervened in Jacobs' attempt to
protest the call with Johnson.
Notes: Ramirez had his second two-homer game of the season. He also
hit two homers against Washington on April 20. ... The Braves
recalled RHP Phil Stockman from Triple-A Richmond to replace
Smoltz. ... The Marlins recalled C Paul Hoover from Triple-A
Albuquerque to replace LHP Taylor Tankersley, who was optioned to
Albuquerque after Tuesday night's game. ... 2B Dan Uggla was away
from the team for the birth of his child in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Uggla is expected back on Thursday, and Alfredo Amezaga was the