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Braves top Marlins 7-2 to secure 1st home-series win of the season
Atlanta Braves' Gordon Beckham, right, high-fives teammate Tyler Flowers after hitting a three-run home run to score Chase d'Arnaud, rear right, and Mallex Smith in the seventh inning against the Miami Marlins on Saturday in Atlanta. - photo by David Goldman

ATLANTA — Gordon Beckham hit a three-run homer, Nick Markakis drove in two runs and the Atlanta Braves beat the Miami Marlins 7-2 on Saturday to secure their first home series win of the season.

The Braves improved to a still-dismal 4-20 at Turner Field by winning the first two games of the three-game series. Atlanta rallied from a 2-0 deficit for the second straight day.

The Braves are 5-0 against the Marlins and 9-34 against all other teams. Atlanta swept a three-game series at Miami on April 15-17.

Atlanta took the lead by scoring three runs in the sixth off Jose Urena (1-1). Beckham hit his homer off Edwin Jackson after Jackson walked two batters in the seventh.

Atlanta, which began the day tied with Minnesota for the worst record in the majors, is 5-6 under interim manager Brian Snitker.

The Marlins committed three errors, including two by center fielder Marcell Ozuna.

Eric O’Flaherty (1-3) recorded two outs after rookie Aaron Blair, recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett before the game, allowed two runs in 5 Ã innings.

Miami led 2-1 in the sixth when, with two runners on base, Markakis hit a single off Urena that bounced past Ozuna for an error. Markakis raced to third, and Freddie Freeman and Tyler Flowers scored. Jeff Francoeur doubled in Markakis for a 4-2 lead.

Miami left-hander Wei-Yin Chen allowed one run on two hits and one walk in five innings.

Ozuna singled off Chris Withrow with two outs in the ninth to extend his hitting streak to 10 games.


SS Chase d’Arnaud was scratched from the Braves’ original lineup after he was involved in a traffic accident on the way to Turner Field. D’Arnaud was not injured but was shaken by the accident, according to Snitker. Daniel Castro started at shortstop, and d’Arnaud was a defensive replacement at third base in the seventh.


Marlins: OF Christian Yelich (back spasms) missed his eighth straight start. He struck out as a pinch-hitter in the sixth, his second straight game being used as a pinch-hitter. … OF Giancarlo Stanton (right side soreness) missed his fourth straight game.

Braves: SS Erick Aybar was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a bruised right foot. He was hurt when hit by a pitch from Miami’s Adam Conley in Friday night’s game. X-rays were negative. Aybar said his foot stiffened and became swollen overnight.


Marlins: RHP Tom Koehler (2-5, 4.79), who has a 5.00 ERA in five May starts, will try for his first win of the month when he faces the Braves in Sunday’s final game of the weekend series. He is 2-5 with a 3.82 ERA in 15 career appearances against Atlanta, including 11 starts.

Braves: RHP Julio Teheran, only 1-4 despite a 2.57 ERA, will try for his second win on Sunday. He is 1-1 with a 2.59 ERA in four career starts against Miami.

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