ATLANTA (AP) -- Dontrelle Willis pitched seven innings for
another sharp April start and the Florida Marlins beat the Atlanta
Braves 11-4 Friday night.
It was also the first game and win for Florida manager Fredi
Gonzalez against the Braves, where he was the third-base coach the
previous four seasons.
Willis (3-0) is 12-1 with a .923 winning percentage in April.
That's the second-best career percentage in April to the 13-1, .929
of Babe Ruth, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Willis' only loss in 18 April starts was last season, a 3-1
setback at Chicago. The 25-year-old will try to match Ruth's record
next week -- probably Wednesday -- at the New York Mets.
Hanley Ramirez had two hits and scored three runs for the
Marlins, who had lost two ended a two-game losing streak. Cody
Ross, Dan Uggla, Miguel Olivo and Joe Borchard drove in two runs
Willis allowed three earned runs and eight hits. He struck out
five and walked one over 107 pitches.
Florida jumped on Atlanta starter Mark Redman (0-2) for five
runs in the first inning. Olivo drove in two with a bases-loaded
single. Ross followed with a two-run double and scored on a
sacrifice fly from Aaron Boone.
The Marlins added two more in the third on Borchard's two-run
single, ending the night for Redman, who allowed six hits and seven
earned runs in 2 2-3 innings.
Chipper Jones hit a two-run homer off Willis in the third as
Atlanta lost its second in a row. Andruw Jones scored on Willis'
balk in the sixth.
Atlanta's Chad Paronto left with a strained muscle in the
seventh inning, limping off the mound after throwing a third strike
The Marlins added two unearned runs in the eighth when
right-fielder Jeff Francoeur dropped Borchard's fly ball. Miguel
Cabrera had a RBI single and Josh Willingham added a run-scoring
Notes: Redman's ERA soared from 7.94 to 12.96 in two starts. He
has allowed 12 runs in 8 1-3 innings. In his first start, an 11-1
loss to the Mets, Redman pitched 5 2-3 innings, giving up nine hits
and five earned runs. ... Willis improved to 5-4 against the
Braves, beating them for the third consecutive time and has a
career 61-39 record. ... Matt Diaz, who started in left field for
Atlanta, moved to first base in the eighth, his first time ever at