Adonis Garcia drove in three runs in the final three innings and the Atlanta Braves rallied for their first victory of the year after nine consecutive losses, beating the Miami Marlins 6-3 on Friday night.
The Braves managed just one hit in the first six innings, trailed 3-0 in the seventh and appeared on the verge of falling to 0-10, which would have matched the worst start in franchise history in 1988.
Their comeback began with three consecutive hits in the seventh, including a double by Garcia to drive in the first Atlanta run. Nick Markakis’ RBI single in the eighth made it 3-all, and Garcia’s two-run double put the Braves ahead.
Alexi Ogando (1-0) pitched two innings. Ogando and four other relievers combined to pitch 4 2-3 scoreless innings.
Miami’s Marcell Ozuna had three hits, but struck out with the bases loaded against Arodys Vizcaino to end the eighth.
Vizcaino retired J.T. Realmuto on a groundout with two on in the ninth to earn the save.
Braves starter Williams Perez allowed eight hits and three runs in 4 1-3 innings. After two starts he has an ERA of 7.00.
David Phelps (2-1) allowed two runs in one inning and was part of a meltdown by the Marlins’ bullpen, which hit two batters in a four-run eighth.
Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman singled and scored while hiking his average to .107. Christian Yelich had three hits for Miami to raise his average to .429.
Marlins newcomer Wei-Yin Chen, making his second start of the year, allowed two runs in 6 1-3 innings. Chen hadn’t pitched since opening day, when he was hit on the throwing elbow by a comebacker but stayed in the game, but he hardly looked rusty.
In the first 6 1-3 innings he allowed only one hit and faced the minimum, but three consecutive hits sent him packing. The Marlins, starting a seven-game homestand, fell to 0-3 this year at home.
The Braves improved to 26-12 at Marlins Park.
Third baseman Garcia committed back to back errors in the third inning, but they didn’t lead to any runs. Garcia has four errors this season.
Marlins: LHP Mike Dunn, who is on the DL with a strained left forearm, said he underwent a second MRI that reconfirmed the initial diagnosis of inflammation. “It’s just a matter of giving it rest,” Dunn said. There’s no timetable yet for him to begin throwing.