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Cunningham helps Atlanta Braves beat Marlins 5-3 in first MLB start
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Atlanta Braves' Cameron Maybin hits an RBI double in the fourth inning against the Miami Marlins on Friday in Miami. - photo by Joe Skipper | Associated Press

Braves at Marlins

When: 1 p.m. today

Where: Marlins Park, Miami

On TV: Fox Sports 1

MIAMI — Todd Cunningham had three hits in his first big league start, including a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning, and the Atlanta Braves overcame two solo home runs by Giancarlo Stanton to beat the Miami Marlins 5-3 on Friday night.
Major league batting leader Dee Gordon went 3 for 5 for Miami, hiking his average to .433. It was his 11th game with three or more hits.

Stanton’s second homer was a tape-measure shot that tied it in the seventh. He has 10 homers and a major league-high 35 RBIs.

The score was 3-all when Nick Markakis doubled in the eighth off Mike Dunn (0-2), and he scored on Cunningham’s single against Bryan Morris. Cunningham, who was called up before the game from Triple-A, also scored twice.

Atlanta’s Phil Gosselin, starting for the fifth time this year, had three hits but popped up attempting a suicide squeeze bunt in the seventh, and Eric Young was doubled off third.

The Braves won despite going 4 for 19 with runners in scoring position.

Miami went 1 for 13 with runners in scoring position and stranded 11. Martin Prado left a runner in scoring position in each of his first four at-bats.

The Marlins’ biggest hits came with the bases empty. Stanton hit his second home run through the TV camera box beyond the 418-foot sign in center field — a first at Marlins Park, which opened in 2012.

Jason Grilli — the Braves’ sixth pitcher — pitched around a walk and a wild pitch in the ninth for his 10th save in 11 chances. Atlanta improved to 4-0 this year at Marlins Park.

An error by shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria led to two unearned runs for Atlanta in the second. They scored when pitcher Julio Teheran singled on a 3-2 pitch with two outs and the bases loaded.

Teheran allowed two runs, one earned, in 5 2/3 innings. Cody Martin (2-2) earned the victory despite allowing one run in his only inning.

Miami’s David Phelps delivered his fifth consecutive quality start. He allowed three runs, one earned, in six innings and tied a career high with eight strikeouts.

TRAINER’S ROOM
Marlins: RHP Jarred Cosart’s tight right thigh was attributed to cramps after he underwent an MRI. The problem forced him from Wednesday’s game against the Dodgers. He’s expected to throw a bullpen session Saturday, and barring a setback he’ll make his next start as scheduled Tuesday against the Diamondbacks.

Cosart’s availability will help determine whether the Marlins give another rehabilitation start to RHP Henderson Alvarez (right shoulder and elbow inflammation). If Cosart’s turn is skipped, Alvarez would likely replace him.

UP NEXT
LHP Alex Wood (1-2, 4.28), who earned his only victory in the second game of the season at Marlins Park, starts Saturday for the Braves against RHP Mat Latos (1-3, 4.72).

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