The Miami Marlins saw their playoff hopes take a hit on Friday in a 5-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves.
The loss was the third in a row for Miami and continued a tough road trip. Thus far in seven games on the trip, the Marlins are 2-5. With the Braves being one of the teams ahead of the Marlins, this was a tough loss.
Tom Koehler pitched well and had a quality start as a matter of fact. Koehler allowed two runs and both came on one swing when Justin Upton took him deep in the sixth inning. The right-hander allowed four hits and walked three while striking out six.
The loss went to Chris Hatcher who started the seventh inning and was lifted after the first two runners reached base. Mike Dunn would take over with runners on the corners and nobody out. He would promptly give up the go-ahead single to the first batter he faced.
Sam Dyson would be the next to pitch after Dunn picked up two outs. Dyson gave up a hit of his own that was misplayed by Marcell Ozuna in center-field. The error led to an additional run and a three-run inning for Atlanta.
In the seventh inning, Jordany Valdespin pinch-hit and delivered a game tying home run. It was the the third home run of the year for Valdespin. Earlier in the game Ozuna doubled for the 22nd time on the year.
Jarred Cosart will be on the mound for Miami on Saturday as the team looks to end the skid and pick up a much needed victory.