Pen Lets Marlins Down in Eighth as Braves Take Series

The Marlins lost the series to Atlanta with a 3-1 defeat on Wednesday due to a bullpen meltdown

The Miami Marlins dropped a series to the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday in a 3-1 loss with the winning run coming home in the eighth inning.

Nathan Eovaldi continued a trend of exceptional starting pitching for the Marlins going six innings in which he allowed no earned runs on five hits.

One run did come across the plate but it was due to an error by Adeiny Hechavarria. Eovaldi struck out seven, walked one and allowed five hits. At 104 pitches, Eovaldi's day came to an end in the seventh when Carlos Marmol entered.

The wild reliever walked one and retired two batters before exiting with strained hamstring. Marmol is currently listed as day-to-day, but that could change depending on the severity of the injury.

Mike Dunn entered after Marmol was forced to leave and his tough season continued when he allowed a pair of runs in one inning with one hit and one walk surrendered.

Those were the eventual winning runs and they came across the plate against A.J. Ramos who inherited them. After allowing Dunn's runners to score, Ramos did end the inning with a strikeout but it was too late for Miami.

Offensively, it was another quiet day for Miami with their only run coming in the sixth inning via Giancarlo Stanton's 27th RBI of the year. Stanton doubled to give him seven of the season and it was one of only seven Miami hits combined on the day with the rest going for singles.

Miami was 1-7 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base. In one positive note, Christian Yelich singled to extend his major league leading hitting streak to 17 games.

The Marlins are off on Thursday before opening a series in New York on Friday with Henderson Alvarez set to take on the Mets.

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