The Marlins have not swept the Braves since April 2009. That was five seasons ago, when the Marlins last finished with a winning record, going 87-75. They've declined ever since, winning 80, 72, and 69 wins in 2010, '11 and '12. They presumably hit rock bottom last season, going 62-100. This was the second 100 loss season in team history, with the first coming in their dismal 1998 season. They went 54-108, even after coming off of the 1997 World Series victory. This season, many thought that they would be improved. With their early sweep of the Braves, the Marlins are showing that they have young talent, and could be a contender in years to come.
They quickly got out on top. Casey McGehee doubled in Derek Dietrich in the first, and that was the beginning of it all. B.J. Upton homered to put the Braves out on top 3-2 in the third, but the Marlins' resiliency continued to pay big dividends. Adeiny Hechavarria grounded out to score Saltalamacchia, but even after Evan Gattis put the Braves back on on top, the Marlins did their job. Giancarlo Stanton and McGehee hit back-to-back RBI Singles in top of the seventh, and the Marlins took the lead for good. Their bullpen shut the Braves down the rest of the way.
The Braves' Ervin Santana pitched six innings, allowing three runs on five hits, striking out five and walking three. The Marlins' Henderson Alvarez also went six, allowing four runs on eight hits, striking out four and walking two. Mike Dunn took the win with one scoreless inning in relief, and Ian Thomas took the loss, allowing the go-ahead run to score in the seventh.
Marlins 5, Braves 4