The Miami Marlins beat the Atlanta Braves for the first time this season on Sunday with their 7-3 victory.
Entering the game, Miami was 0-5 against Atlanta. The Braves are one of the worst teams in Major League Baseball this season, but have padded their win total in games against the Marlins. For a team with postseason hopes, these are games that Miami can not afford to lose.
Acting as stopper for Miami was Tom Koehler. The right-hander gave the Marlins exactly what they needed with a long and strong start. Koehler went seven innings and allowed two earned runs, while coming away with his third win of the season. Koehler walked five but was able to pitch around those miscues, and was on the mound to start the eighth inning.
Kyle Barraclough bailed out Koehler in that eighth frame after the Braves tried to mound a comeback. Barraclough was credited with his ninth hold of the season, as he continued to be one of MLB's most dependable relievers. In the ninth inning, A.J. Ramos wasted no time with a 1-2-3 frame in a non-save situation.
The Marlins got four of their runs off the bat of Derek Dietrich. The second baseman hit his third home run of the season and also doubled for the tenth time. Dietrich would be involved in a scary incident in the eighth inning when a foul ball hit him in the dugout. Dietrich was on the ground for a few minutes before walking off into the locker room. The 26-year old was lifted from the game and could miss some time as the ball made contact with his head.
Miami will next open a four-game series with the Pittsburgh Pirates at Marlins Park. Justin Nicolino will be on the mound for the series opener on Monday.