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ATLANTA —Ricky Nolasco was embarrassed to get a one-run lead and turn into a
two-run deficit in the first inning. Aldon Smith Super Bowl Jersey . But
considering how much the Miami Marlins are struggling, maybe its not all that
surprising. “Its just a tough time right now for me and a lot of people,”
Nolasco said. “I dont think anyone would have envisioned this going on, but it
is and we have to deal with it.” Kris Medlen had a successful return to the
rotation and Brian McCann homered for the Atlanta Braves in a 7-1 victory over
the Marlins on Tuesday night. Miami, which has lost two straight and 10 of 13,
has traded away three starting infielders, a starting pitcher and a reliever
from their opening day roster in the last week. After opening a new ballpark and
spending $191 million in free agency, the Marlins plans have unraveled.
Hanley Ramirez, Omar Infante, Anibal Sanchez, Edward Mujica and Gaby Sanchez
were dealt away as Miami has fallen 14 1/2 games out of first place in the NL
East. Nolascos performance gave the starting pitchers a 34-43 record with a 4.17
ERA. “If we want to have fun and we want to win some games, our starters have
got to do a little better job,” manager Ozzie Guillen said. “Last couple weeks,
weve gotten six innings, five innings. I think weve gotten beaten down. Theyre
better than what they show.” Rain delayed the game 1 hour, 53 minutes before the
start of the sixth inning. Medlen (2-1) allowed four hits, one run and one walk
with three strikeouts in five innings. He made his first start since receiving
no-decision in an 8-3 win over the New York Mets on Aug. 4, 2010. McCanns 18th
homer, a solo shot, gave the Braves a 4-1 lead in the third. In his last 19
games, McCann has nine homers and 20 RBIs. Nolasco (8-10) gave up seven hits,
four runs and four walks and struck out six in five innings. He has lost four
straight starts and has a 7.48 ERA over that span. “Your team gives you a 1-0
lead, and to come in and give up three (runs), it sucks all the energy out of
the team right off the bat,” Nolasco said. “Its not what youre looking to do as
a starting pitcher.” Atlanta has won 10 of 13 to close within 2 1/2 games of
first-place Washington in the NL East following the Nationals 8-0 loss to
Philadelphia. Donnie Murphys third homer made it 1-0 in the first, but the
Braves took a 3-1 lead in the bottom half of the inning. After Martin Prado and
Jason Heyward singled and advanced on Nolascos balk, McCanns RBI groundout made
it 1-1. Dan Uggla walked to load the bases before Juan Franciscos liner scored
Heyward from third and Uggla from second to put the Braves up 3-1. Nolasco, who
made 18 of his 34 pitches for balls and had a mound visit from pitching coach
Randy St. Claire in the first, dropped to 0-3 with an 8.79 ERA in three starts
against Atlanta this season. After McCanns homer, Nolasco escaped a bases-loaded
jam in the third by striking out Medlen. “Our starting pitchers know our offence
is not going to support them that much,” Guillen said. Rookie Tyler Pastornicky
hit his first career pinch-hit homer and his second this year off Dan Jennings
to make it 5-1 in the sixth. After second baseman Emilio Bonifacios fielding
error, Heyward followed with an RBI single for a 6-1 lead. Atlanta added a run
in the eighth. McCann scored from second when Freddie Freeman singled off
Ryan Webb and left fielder Greg Dobbs made a fielding error. Cory Gearrin,
Chad Durbin, Eric OFlaherty and Jair Jurrjens combined to allow the Marlins
three hits and no walks with two strikeouts in the last four innings. Since July
3, Atlantas bullpen has a 1.92 ERA over a 24-game span. Medlen, who made his
19th career start, was 1-1 with a 2.48 ERA in 38 relief appearances this season.
He won as a starter for the first time since July 7, 2010, at Philadelphia.
Notes: Francisco went 3-for-3 with an intentional walk. ... In the third,
Freeman singled and stole his first base since July 30, 2011, also against the
Marlins. ... Atlanta RHP Tommy Hanson was placed on the 15-day DL with a
strained lower back. Gearrin was called up from Triple-A Gwinnett to take his
place on the roster. ... Atlanta LHP Paul Maholm will join his new team
Wednesday and will likely start Saturday against Houston. ... OF Reed Johnson
was in uniform one night after getting traded with Maholm from the Cubs. To make
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the final Diamond League meet of the season.MONTREAL—Evan Bush used some
video game scouting to step up from his backup goalkeepers role and help the
Montreal Impact give Olympique Lyonnais a strong test. Bafetimbi Gomis scored on
Lyons final penalty kick Tuesday to give the reigning French Cup champions a win
over Montreal following a 1-1 draw against the Major League Soccer expansion
team through 90 minutes. Aly Cissokho, Bakari Kone and Gueida Fofana scored on
Lyons first three penalty kicks against Bush, whose goalkeeping allowed the
Impact to remain tied through regulation before a Saputo Stadium-record crowd of
19,225. “I play FIFA a lot and I was playing with them this afternoon, and then
I come on the field and Im playing against them so thats kind of a surreal
feeling,” Bush said. “It was good to see a packed house there and hopefully they
felt like they got their moneys worth because, 1-1, and then the penalty
shootout, it was an exciting and entertaining atmosphere there tonight.” In
backing up starter Donovan Ricketts, Bush has appeared in only one of Montreals
23 MLS regular season games to date, a 3-0 loss in Washington, D.C., on June 30.
“Donovans our guy and its never easy being an expansion goalie but we know how
talented Donovan is and how experienced he is and hes still our guy, but Evan
certainly did well tonight,” Impact coach Jesse Marsch said. Sinisa Ubiparovic
and Calum Mallace scored after the Impact failed to convert their first two
opportunities and Jimmy Brian put Lyons fourth attempt wide before Gomis sealed
the win. “I think it was a very good game, a good entertainment for the
spectators,” Lyon coach Remi Garde said. “It was a bit different from my point
of view. I would have liked that my team conceded less chances, especially in
the first half.” Jeremy Pied put Lyon up 1-0 when he scored 28 minutes in.
Andrew Wenger drew Montreal even at 1-1 in the 39th minute. Bush made a number
of remarkable saves to allow the Impact to draw through 90 minutes. Olympique
Lyonnais played its final game leading up to Saturdays Trophee des Champions.
Lyon will face French Ligue 1 champions Montpellier HSC at Red Bull Stadium in
Harrison, N.J. “We needed a tough opposition and I think that we had it today,”
Garde said. The 17th edition of what has become the traditional opening game of
the French soccer season will be contested on foreign soil for the fourth year
in a row, beginning with Montreals Olympic Stadium in 2009. “They were a good
opponent with very good players and even though it was a friendly there was
pretty good intensity,” Lyon goalkeeper Hugo Lloris said. Justin Smith Pink Jersey. “It was a nice
game.” Alessandro Nesta made his Montreal debut and Nelson Rivas returned for
the Impact after missing seven MLS regular season games because of an abdominal
injury. Nesta, a member of Italys 2006 World Cup championship team, signed with
Montreal on July 5. “Hes a guy that brings a level of confidence to our team
because hes smooth and easy, but he also now communicates, talks, moves the line
well, talks to the midfielders in front of him,” Marsch said. “So I think that
his overall presence means that now the whole team is a little bit clearer as to
whats going on around him, both by the decisions and plays he makes on the ball,
or defensively, and by the way he communicates and understands whats going on in
the game. Its going to make us smarter and stronger.” The four-time Serie A
defender of the year played 63 minutes, picking up a yellow card in the first
half, before he was replaced by Matteo Ferrari, who also returned from injury.
“It was a nice feeling and I think all of the three players—me, Nelson and
Alessandro—got ready to help the team right now,” Ferrari said. “So we have
just started and I dont know if well have the chance to play all the three
together, The Big Three, as they say, but well see. The most important thing is
the team so well see how the coach wants to make the defence play, but for sure
we are ready.” Bush made at least five big stops over the course of the game,
including a couple of strong saves to deny two of Lyons earliest scoring
opportunities. The Impact goalkeeper charged forward to smother Jimmy Briands
attempt to chip a pass through the middle to Lisandro Lopez 10 minutes in. Bush
made a spectacular save in the 19th minute, leaping up to get his hand on
Briands header off a Pied free kick. He had little chance on Pieds goal, a
strong drive into the bottom right side of the goal teed up by a soft touch pass
back by Lisandro Lopez at the top of the box. “The way he hit it, its a
world-class shot,” Bush said. “Lower corner and just whizzing across the grass
so thats a great hit. I cant really be too angry about giving that one up.”
Wenger, who played for the first time since June 20, was front and centre in
several Impact scoring chances before he delivered the tying strike 11 minutes
after Pieds goal. The Montreal forward forced Lloris to make a diving stop on
his shot in the 24th minute. He set up first-half scoring opportunities by
Justin Mapp and Marco Di Vaio before tying the game with a left-footed drive
into the top left corner of the goal. ’ ’ ’ 

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