MIAMI Opening night 2013 at Marlins Park began with a festive nod to the franchises first 20 years.
The Miami Marlins ended the evening by creating more excitement, only to fall short.
In the second home opener at their domed home, the Marlins lost to the Atlanta Braves 2-0 on Monday night. The game took only 2:33, largely because both starting pitchers Miamis Kevin Slowey and Atlantas Paul Maholm performed brilliantly.
Unfortunately for the Marlins and most of the announced 34,439 fans, the games offensive star was Justin Upton, whose four hits included a long home run down the left-field line.
After giving the fans little to cheer through eight innings the wave even made a brief return Miamis hitters showed life in the ninth against Braves closer Craig Kimbrel.
Giancarlo Stanton led off by walking for the third time. He then was forced at second when second baseman Dan Uggla made a nice stop of Greg Dobbs hard grounder.
Justin Ruggiano then hit a liner that initially appeare...