Freddy Garcia pitches Braves past Marlins 6-1

Associated Press  |  Last updated September 12, 2013
Freddy Garcia earned his second NL victory since 2007, and his first since joining the Atlanta Braves last month, pitching six innings to help beat Miami 6-1 Thursday. Freddie Freeman had three hits on his 24th birthday, including his 20th home run. Chris Johnson also had three hits to raise his average to .330. Garcia (1-1) allowed five hits and one run. He was making a spot start in place of rookie left-hander Alex Wood, whose turn was skipped to give him a breather. Three relievers completed a seven-hitter. Jordan Walden, who had been sidelined by a groin injury, pitched a scoreless seventh in his first appearance since Aug. 21. There were no testy encounters less than 24 hours after a bench-clearing confrontation during the Braves' victory Wednesday night. The crowd of 15,274 was the Marlins' smallest at home since July 1. They're last in the NL in attendance. Brian Flynn (0-1), making his second major-league start, allowed six runs in four innings. He was given a spot start in place of Nathan Eovaldi, who was scratched because of a stiff back. Eovaldi won't pitch until Monday at the earliest. Evan Gattis and Johnson hit consecutive two-run doubles in the third after Flynn walked the bases loaded to start the inning. Freeman's two-out, two-run homer in the fourth made it 6-1. Donovan Solano had a two-out RBI single in the third to score Miami's run. Notes: Marlins LHP Brad Hand will make his first start of the year Friday when the Marlins open an 11-game trip against the Mets. RHP Henderson Alvarez and RHP Jacob Turner will start for Miami in a doubleheader Saturday. ... Atlanta won the season series 13-6. ... In the past three games, the Braves have hit .158 (6 for 38) with runners in scoring position. ... Solano improved his average with runners in scoring position to .371.
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