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ATLANTA —Mike Minor called it a win-win situation—even if the win wasnt
his. Ed Reed Black Jersey . Chipper Jones and
Freddie Freeman hit two-run doubles, and the Atlanta Braves scored six runs in
the first two innings to beat the Miami Marlins 6-1 on Thursday night. The
40-year-old Jones had two hits and is batting .316 in his final season before
retirement. The Braves, 6-1 on their 10-game homestand, remained 2 1/2 games
behind first-place Washington in the NL East. They won three times in the
four-game series. The Braves led 6-0 when a 42-minute rain delay in the fourth
inning spoiled Minors excellent opportunity for the win. He didnt return after
the delay and thus didnt qualify for the win. “Its frustrating, but we got the
win and thats all that really matters,” said Minor, who has not allowed more
than two runs in five straight starts. “Weve got guys in the bullpen to pick me
up. Its a win-win situation.” Minor, 24, gave up two hits in 3 2-3 scoreless
innings. “I think youre looking at a kid who has kind of realized what he is
capable of doing,” Jones said of Minor. Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said
protecting Minors arm was the smart move. “Its a situation when you always try
to do the best for the young man,” Gonzalez said. “We didnt think running him
out there was prudent.” Miamis Jose Reyes led off the sixth with a triple to
left field, giving him a 20-game hitting streak to match his career-high. Reyes
scored on Carlos Lees sacrifice fly. Jason Heyward had three hits and drove in a
run for Atlanta. Cristhian Martinez (5-2) took over for Minor when play resumed
in the fourth. Martinez allowed four hits and one run in three innings. Braves
closer Craig Kimbrel stranded two runners in the ninth, striking out
Emilio Bonifacio to end the game. Making his second start since coming to Miami
in the trade that sent Hanley Ramirez to the Dodgers, Nathan Eovaldi (2-7) gave
up six runs and eight hits with one walk and one hit batter in two innings. It
was the shortest of his 18 career starts. Eovaldi said he had a good curveball
but had little success with his fastball. “They really just sat on the fastball,
even the ones I located, and they hit it well,” Eovaldi said. “It was just one
of those nights. “I felt like I never got in that good groove. Every time I felt
like I was ahead, I didnt get guys out. They took all my off-speed pitches and
just hit the fastballs really well.” Eovaldi yielded only one run over 5 1-3
innings in a 4-2 win over San Diego in his Marlins debut on Saturday.
Chad Gaudin followed Eovaldi with four scoreless innings, allowing one hit and
one walk. Gaudins innings were especially crucial for Miamis bullpen before
Fridays doubleheader at Washington. Dan Jennings added two scoreless innings.
“Once again Gaudin went out there and pitched well for us,” Marlins manager
Ozzie Guillen said. “The bullpen didnt let them score any runs. Great job. I
didnt think we were going to make it but those guys, they saved our bullpen.”
The Braves sent nine batters to the plate in their three-run first inning.
Following singles by Reed Johnson and Heyward, Jones hit a two-run double and
scored on Dan Ugglas single. “We hit some bullets and kind of set the tone,”
Jones said. Eovaldi gave up three more runs in the second. The right-hander hit
Johnson with a pitch after giving up a single to Michael Bourn. Heyward drove in
Bourn with a single to left and Freeman added a two-run double to right. The
Marlins had a depleted bench for the game. Third baseman Donnie Murphy was
scratched from the starting lineup with flu-like symptoms. Outfielder
Bryan Petersen was held out with a sore right shoulder he hurt while diving for
a ball in Wednesday nights game. Outfielder Justin Ruggiano was held out with
back spasms. Petersen walked as a pinch-hitter in the ninth. Gorkys Hernandez,
acquired from the Pirates on Tuesday, was 0 for 4 in his first start for Miami
in centre field. Marlins left-hander Dan Jennings loaded the bases in the eighth
on two walks and a hit batter. Jennings escaped the jam but limped off the field
after covering first base on Heywards inning-ending grounder to first. NOTES:
Reyes also had a 20-game hitting streak in 2005 with the Mets. ... Johnson made
his second straight start for the Braves, this time in left field, following his
trade from Chicago this week. Martin Prado, only 6-for-28 (.214) in the first
six games of the homestand, was given a day off. ... The Marlins will call up
LHP Brad Hand from Triple-A New Orleans to pitch the first game of Fridays
doubleheader at Washington. RHP Josh Johnson will start the second game. ... The
Braves open a series against the Astros when RHP Tim Hudson faces Houston RHP
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pitcher Michela Muistelli Romani from the mound. Caitlin Lever started the rally
with a home run. Canada was so effective in the second that Lever had a chance
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League – like the Toronto Blue Jays, Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies and
Milwaukee Brewers – have fallen off this season, there are a number of surprise
teams that have the final weeks of the season worth watching. SACRAMENTO, Calif.
—The Atlanta Hawks challenging West Coast road trip was made more difficult by
a flu virus that spread throughout the team. It also made this victory even more
significant. Kyle Korver scored 22 points, reserve Lou Williams had 21 and the
Hawks beat Sacramento 112-96 on Friday night for their ninth consecutive win
against the Kings. Al Horford had 20 points and 10 rebounds for Atlanta after
missing the last game with the flu bug. Horford watched the Hawks lose to Golden
State on Wednesday while lying in bed in the team hotel. “This trip has been a
little frustrating, but we felt winning tonight and going home with a 2-2 record
solidified this trip,” Horford said. “I was sluggish tonight and it took a while
for me to get going, but I tried to bring as much energy as I could. This was a
very solid win for us.” Atlanta shot 55 per cent, including an 8-for-15
performance from beyond the arc, while recording a season-high point total. The
Hawks outrebounded the Kings 42-37 and had 24 assists. “We can be a real
up-and-down team, we know that,” Atlanta coach Larry Drew said. “We preach
moving the basketball. We emphasize sharing the basketball and we did a really
good job of that. Guys were finding each other all over the place and when we
play like that were a fun team to watch.” The struggling Kings were outscored by
14 in both the first and third quarters. They held a players-only meeting after
their fourth consecutive loss. “We just put it all on the table. We talked about
what we needed to do and what its going to take to help this team get better,”
centre DeMarcus Cousins said. “We were all in a bad mood.” Josh Smith had 19
points, eight rebounds and six assists, and Jeff Teague scored 13 of his 15
points in the first quarter for Atlanta, which starts a stretch Monday of seven
of eight games at home. The Hawks carried an 86-70 lead into the fourth quarter
and maintained at least an 11-point advantage the rest of the way. “This was a
strange trip with everyone getting sick,” Williams said. “We had guys not
playing, guys playing sick, but we persevered and got through it. We wanted to
break even on this trip before we headed back to Atlanta to get prepared for our
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5 for 5 from 3-point range. He also had seven rebounds and a rare two-handed
dunk on a breakaway. “I was open and my teammates were finding me,” he said. “I
struggled early in the season, but Ive been in a good rhythm lately and my shot
is starting to feel right.” Jason Thompson had 19 points and 10 rebounds for the
Kings. Marcus Thornton had 17 points, Tyreke Evans finished with 14 and
Aaron Brooks scored 13. Cousins returned after he was suspended the previous two
games for a verbal altercation with San Antonio TV analyst Sean Elliott.
Cousins, who was whistled for a technical foul in the third quarter, had nine
points, 16 rebounds and seven assists, but missed 11 of 15 shots. “He was rusty,
he has been out of rhythm for two games,” Kings coach Keith Smart said.
“Sometimes you come back and youre probably being hard on yourself, trying to
get out of a slump. Were having a very rough time and its not fun for anyone.”
Ahead by 12 points, Smith had a dunk, Horford hit two free throws, and
Ivan Johnson scored from close range, increasing the lead to 98-80 with 7:55
left in the fourth. The Hawks squandered a big second-quarter lead, but came out
strong in the third, outscoring Sacramento 28-14. Korver played a key role in a
9-0 run in the third. He began the spurt with a 3-pointer and finished it off
with a long jumper, putting the Hawks ahead 81-69 with just over three minutes
left in the period. Sparked by their second unit, the Kings got going with a
season-best 36-point second quarter. Brooks was the catalyst, making three
3-pointers and scoring 13 points in helping cut the margin from 18 early in the
period to 58-56 by halftime. NOTES: Evans, who entered the game 1 of 11 on
3-pointers, hit his first attempt in the opening quarter. ... Drew was a
starting guard for the first Sacramento Kings team that relocated from Kansas
City for the 1985-86 season. ... Kings small forward James Johnson was wearing
glasses for the first time this season. The glasses didnt help the poor-shooting
Johnson, who was 1 for 7 from the field. ... In a shooting slump the previous
five games, the Hawks shot 58 per cent in the first quarter and led 34-20 after
one. ’ ’ ’ 

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