Third baseman's three RBIs, including go-ahead hit, seal Atlanta's first win
By Glenn Sattell
Special to MLB.com |
MIAMI -- For two-thirds of Friday's series opener with the Marlins, it looked like the Braves would succumb to the same fate they've suffered over the first nine games of the 2016 season.
Down by three runs heading into the seventh inning, it all changed. Consecutive singles off Marlins starter Wei-Yin Chen, who was throwing a one-hitter to that point, put the Braves in business. Adonis Garcia came though with an RBI double and followed it with a tiebreaking two-run single in the eighth, and the Braves pulled away for a 6-3 win -- their first in 10 games.
"The game didn't start the way I wanted it to, but luckily baseball is a game of opportunities, and I got more opportunities to help the team," Garcia said.
Garcia made a fielding error and then a throwing error on consecutive plays back in the third inning that helped the Marlins load the bases. But second baseman Gordon Beckham took him off the hook with a stellar play on a J.T. Realmuto ground ball behind second base for the final out of the inning.
Garcia said he felt the win was a big one on several levels.
"It's a very important victory, not just because it's our first one, but because we were able to come from behind, and it showed our team was able to maintain focus and concentration and stay in the game until we were able to pull off the win," he said.
Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.