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Smith's 1st career RBI helps Braves complete sweep of Marlins
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Atlanta Braves' Mallex Smith follows through on his game-winning RBI-single to center field during the 10th inning on Sunday in Miami. The Braves won 6-5. - photo by Luis M. Alvarez

MIAMI — Rookie Mallex Smith hit an RBI single with two outs in the 10th inning and the resurgent Atlanta Braves completed a three-game sweep by beating Miami 6-5 Sunday.

The Braves blew a 5-0 lead, and Ichiro Suzuki’s RBI single on an 0-2 pitch with two outs in the ninth tied the game for the Marlins. But Atlanta rallied in the 10th against Edwin Jackson (0-1), Miami’s sixth pitcher.

The Braves arrived in Miami with an 0-9 record, their worst start since 1988, and staged a turnaround in a ballpark where they dominate. They’re 28-12 at Marlins Park since it opened in 2012.

Miami, meanwhile, is 0-5 at home this year under new manager Don Mattingly going into a four-game series starting Monday against NL East leader Washington.

Drew Stubbs drew a two-out walk in the 10th, advanced to third on a single by Jace Peterson and scored on Smith’s single. Peterson also had a three-run double in the first inning.

Matt Wisler, who had been scheduled to start the Braves’ next game Tuesday, was pressed into relief duty in the 10th and retired the Marlins 1-2-3 for his first career save.

Atlanta’s Jhoulys Chacin gave up three runs in 5 1-3 innings but contributed a two-out RBI single. He allowed only one baserunner in the first five innings before tiring in the sixth.

A wild Jarred Cosart gave up four runs in the first before settling down to retire 12 in a row. He lasted 5 2/3 innings and walked six. Marlins starters are 0-4 with an ERA of 5.47.

Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman had two hits, including a single to drive in the first run. Following a pair of two-out walks by Cosart, Peterson’s double over the center fielder’s head cleared the bases for a 4-0 lead.

Nick Markakis led off the game with his ninth double, most in the majors.

Chacin started the season with 11 consecutive scoreless innings before the Marlins chased him while scoring three runs in the in the sixth. Reliever Alexi Ogando hit struggling Giancarlo Stanton with an 0-2 pitch with the bases loaded — Stanton’s first career RBI when hit by a pitch, according to STATS.

Dee Gordon drove in two runs for Miami with a single and a groundout.

ROSTER MOVE

RHP Kyle Barraclough struck out the side in the seventh after the Marlins recalled him from Triple-A New Orleans before the game.

“He’s got power stuff, which is kind of what we have been missing a little bit,” Mattingly said.

RHP Dustin McGowan (0-1, 3.38) was designated for assignment. If he’s released, the Marlins will be responsible for remainder of his $1 million salary.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Braves INF Gordon Beckham sat out the game after straining his left hamstring Saturday. A decision will be made Monday regarding whether to make a roster move, manager Fredi Gonzalez said.

“Instead of going into a straight panic and putting him on the 15-day DL, we’ll wait and see how he reacts to treatment,” Gonzalez said.

UP NEXT

Braves: Begin an eight-game homestand Tuesday against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Marlins: Open a four-game series Monday at home against Washington, with RHP Jose Fernandez (0-1, 5.06) scheduled to start against RHP Tanner Roark (1-1, 2.45). Fernandez won his first 17 career home decisions, a major league record, before losing to the Tigers in the second game of the season.

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