Final in 10

Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 9/6)

Game 1: Friday, September 5
Game 2: Saturday, September 6
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Game 3: Sunday, September 7

Braves 4

(74-68, 34-37 away)

Marlins 3

(68-72, 39-34 home)

    Coverage:  FXFL

    7:10 PM ET, September 6, 2014

    Marlins Park, Miami, Florida 

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    ATL 0003000001 4 11 0
    MIA 0001000200 3 7 0

    W: D. Carpenter (6-3)

    L: B. Morris (7-1)

    S: C. Kimbrel (43)

    Braves-Marlins Preview


    Alex Wood turned in one of his most dominant starts the last time he saw the Miami Marlins.

    The Atlanta Braves are hoping he can duplicate that performance Saturday night after failing to contain Miami's offense in the series opener.

    The Marlins (68-71) had lost nine of 13 before cranking out 18 hits in an 11-3 home victory Friday, their most since collecting 20 in a 12-3 win at Arizona on Aug. 20, 2012. Marcell Ozuna and Donovan Solano each had four hits, with Ozuna driving in four runs.

    Miami had a season-high 10 hits in 21 at-bats with runners in scoring position after going 8 for 26 in dropping two of three to the Mets.

    "We (worked) a little slowly in that last series versus the Mets," said Ozuna, who has 12 RBIs in seven home games versus Atlanta. "Now we turned it around, we're together and had a good offense."

    Wood (10-10, 2.92 ERA) has been hit-or-miss versus the Marlins, though he turned in a gem against them Sunday. He struck out a career high-matching 12 while allowing five hits over eight innings in a 1-0 victory, improving to 3-2 with a 1.86 ERA over his last seven starts.

    Miami had gone 60 consecutive games without being shut out.

    "We struck out a lot," Giancarlo Stanton, who is 2 for 13 against Wood, told MLB's official website. "But I don't know. It wasn't stuff we hadn't seen before."

    It was a stark contrast from Wood's previous start against the Marlins when he gave up a personal worst-tying seven runs in five-plus innings of a 9-0 road loss on April 29. The left-hander also held them to one run with 11 strikeouts in eight innings in a 1-0 loss a week earlier.

    The only other time he gave up seven runs was also versus Miami in a 7-0 loss on Sept. 1, 2013.

    The Braves (73-68) fell one game behind Milwaukee for the second wild-card spot as their offense again sputtered following a 7-4 win over Philadelphia on Wednesday. Prior to that, they had totaled one run over their previous four contests.

    Justin Upton was 0 for 4 after sitting out Wednesday with a triceps injury.

    Nathan Eovaldi (6-10, 4.19) lost to Wood on Sunday, giving up Evan Gattis' homer in 6 2/3 innings to drop a career worst-matching fourth straight start.

    "I feel like I misplaced some fastballs," he said. "I missed that one to Gattis. Right down the middle. That was the difference in the game."

    He also lost four straight outings from Aug. 24-Sept. 11, 2012.

    Eovaldi owns a 1.55 ERA over his last nine matchups with Atlanta, though he's 1-2 in five meetings this year. He's also 1-7 with a 4.96 ERA over his last 11 starts overall, though his 0.96 run-support average in that stretch is also the lowest in baseball by nearly a full run.

    Jason Heyward is 11 for 29 versus Eovaldi, while Christian Yelich is 7 for 16 against Wood. Yelich has a major league-best nine doubles since Aug. 22, and he's hitting .407 in that 22-game span.

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    Gameday Matchup

    Current StreakW2L2
    Last 103-73-7

    Pitching Matchup

    A. Wood
    11-11, 2.78 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/23 vs PIT
    6.2 IP, 2 ER
    Dec = Loss
    N. Eovaldi
    6-14, 4.37 ERA

    Last Game:
    9/27 at WSH
    7.0 IP, 2 ER
    Dec = Loss

    Gameday Lineups

    1. J. Heyward, RF C. Yelich, LF
    2. P. Gosselin, 3B D. Solano, 2B
    3. F. Freeman, 1B G. Stanton, RF
    4. J. Upton, LF C. McGehee, 3B
    5. E. Gattis, C M. Ozuna, CF
    6. T. La Stella, 2B J. Baker, 1B
    7. A. Simmons, SS A. Hechavarria, SS
    8. M. Upton Jr., CF J. Mathis, C
    9. A. Wood, P N. Eovaldi, P