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« on: July 22, 2014, 10:27:44 pm »

Turner Field hadn't proved fertile ground for the Marlins' offense. Over their first four games here they totaled seven runs on 28 hits.

Tuesday, they just missing matching that combined run total and they needed every one of those scores to clinch no worse than a split of the four-game set. The Marlins held off the Braves' late rally bid to win, 6-5.

Steve Cishek notched his third save in as many days and the Marlins (12 hits) got a career-best four-hit game from Donovan Solano. The Braves put the tying run on first with no out in the ninth, but catcher Jeff Mathis and shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria combined on the caught stealing. Cishek threw over four times to keep pinch-runner Jordan Schafer close before Andrelton Simmons saw a pitch.

The Marlins had gone a season-high 10 straight scoring four runs or fewer. Tuesday's output was their highest in a game since hanging eight in the July 6 series finale at St. Louis. They had not won three in a row since June 2-5, when they swept a four-game, home-and-home series from the Rays.

Battle pack shoes In the eighth, Freddie Freeman, Justin Upton and Jason Heyward all came up representing the tying run. Mike Dunn, who walked and hit the first two batters he faced to start the inning, struck out Freeman. Bryan Morris gave up a two-run single to Heyward, but he got Upton and Evan Gattis to ground into fielder's choices.

The Marlins hadn't hung a game like this on an opposing starter in a while. Ross Ohlendorf on Sept. 9, 2011 was the last one to give up 10 or more hits while completing three innings or fewer against the Marlins. Then a member of the Pirates, Ohlendorf allowed six runs on 10 hits over two innings.

Minor became just the seventh starter since 2000 to surrender a double-digit hit total while recording fewer than 10 outs in a game against the Marlins.

The top third of the Marlins' order proved a major pain for Minor. Christian Yelich, Solano and Giancarlo Stanton went a combined 7-for-7 with a walk, four runs and two RBIs off him. Yelich reached and scored in each of his first three plate appearances. He can boast 10 multi-hit performances in 18 July contests.

World Cup Soccer Shoes Getting the start against the left-handed Minor, the right-handed hitting Solano doubles and singled three times. He's started 10 July games and has three or more hits in three of those. Over his last 42 at-bats since July 2, Solano is a .405 hitter (17-for-42). During that span he's raised his batting average and on-base plus slugging percentage 83 and 158 points, respectively, to .261 and .631.

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The only other run the Braves scored off Turner came on Upton's two-out, first-pitch homer in the third. Turner, who exited having totaled 81 pitches, retired 12 of the last 13 batters he faced.

If not for a 26-pitch first inning, Turner likely would have gotten a crack at the quality start. While in the bullpen he topped the 50-pitch mark in just two of eight outings.

With the win, Turner (3-6) improved to 7-16 in 37 career starts with the Marlins. He had lost three of five career starts, including two at Turner Field, against the Braves.
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