MIAMI — Shelby Miller has lost 16 consecutive decisions, yet hasn’t pitched nearly as bad as his record indicates.
Miller gave up seven runs over 5 1-3 innings as the Atlanta Braves lost to the Miami Marlins 9-5 Sunday. While he is 0-16 in 24 starts since winning at Miami on May 17, he has a 3.77 ERA in that span.
“For me, it’s all about finishing the at-bats and sticking to the game plan and executing pitches,” Miller said.
Miller (5-17) allowed three unearned runs against the Marlins, partly because of his own error.
“I saw a young man out there … who’s human,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “Here’s a guy who’s gone through a lot of adversity this year, and today he had a chance to go out there in the fifth inning and it just unraveled on him. He didn’t help himself in a couple of places, at first base and walking the leadoff hitter.”
Justin Bour homered twice and drove in three runs for the Marlins. He hit a two-run homer off the right-field pole in the first inning and a solo shot in the seventh for the first multihomer game of his big league career. Bour, who has 23 homers on the season, was 7 for 12 in the series with four home runs and eight RBIs.
“There’s no doubt he’s locked in,” Miller said. “Obviously a lot of talent there. I think the Marlins have found a first baseman, for sure. He’s a guy who looks like he’s not going anywhere; a tremendous talent.”
Martin Prado drove in three runs and Marcell Ozuna also homered for Miami, which has won a franchise-best seven consecutive games against the Braves. The Marlins are a major-league best 17-8 since Aug. 31.
“We’ve been playing pretty good baseball,” Prado said.
Tom Koehler (11-14) allowed four runs, nine hits, and five walks in 6 2-3 innings. He benefited from four double plays behind him.
“He’s ‘Rambo,’” Marlins manager Dan Jennings said. “He just keeps battling, and he finds a way.”
Michael Bourn and Cameron Maybin each drove in two runs for the Braves. Atlanta first baseman Freddie Freeman left after aggravating a wrist when lining out in the third.
“It’s day to day,” Gonzalez said. “Sometimes it bites him and sometimes he has great games like he did in New York. Sometimes it just gets him. Today it really bothered him.”
Nick Swisher homered for Atlanta, which has a major-league low 94. The last time Atlanta failed to reach 100 in a season was 1988.
Prado made a diving stop at third base on Daniel Castro in the seventh and threw across the diamond from his knees as Bour made an impressive grab.
“We’re going to watch that play all postseason,” Jennings said. “That’s a good as of a play that you can see on both ends.”
Braves: Freeman (wrist) is planning on seeing a doctor Monday. … C Christian Bethancourt (thumb) missed his sixth consecutive game.
Marlins: RF Giancarlo Stanton (left hand) has not played since June 26, but he is making the trip for the final week of the season although he has not decided whether to play.
Braves: The Braves return home on Tuesday for their final homestand of the season. Starter RHP Matt Wisler (6-8) is 1-2 with a 7.62 ERA in four appearances against the Nationals this season.
Marlins: LHP Adam Conley (4-1, 3.93) will start against Tampa Bay LHP Matt Moore (2-4, 6.48) on Tuesday. Conley has allowed just one run over his last two starts, a span of 13 innings, and has struck out 14. The Marlins have won the last five times Conley has started.