The Miami Marlins badly needed a win on Saturday and Jarred Cosart helped them do just that in their 4-0 victory over the Atlanta Braves.
Cosart has been a breath of fresh air since joining Miami in a trade deadline deal. He's kept his team in ballgames and been a stopper when needed. Without the infusion of Cosart into the rotation, it is likely that Miami would be on the outside looking in as far as the playoff race goes.
In this one Cosart gave the Marlins seven shutout innings. The right-hander gave up seven hits but he scattered them and punched out five along the way. Cosart also used double plays to help him escape jams. The Marlins turned three double plays while Cosart was on the mound.
With the win, Cosart is now 12-8 on the year to go along with a 3.80 E.R.A. Since joining the Marlins, he is 3-1 in five starts and has allowed a total of six earned runs in 33 innings pitched.
A.J. Ramos and Mike Dunn combined for a scoreless eighth inning that earned each man his 19th hold of the year. In the ninth, Steve Cishek slammed the door in a non-save situation with a 1-2-3 inning that consisted of three strikeouts.
The Marlins got on the board early with a home run from an unlikely source. Donovan Solano hit a hanging breaking ball out to left field for his third blast of the season. The home run was part of a three-hit day for Solano.
Giancarlo Stanton had an up and down day as he had two hits and a run batted in but also struck out three times. It's been a tough road trip for the slugger in the strikeout department as he is now nearing 20 after only eight games played.
The Marlins will look to take the rubber match on Sunday before heading home. On the mound for Miami will be Nathan Eovaldi.