It's the second consecutive game that Markakis has been in the leadoff spot, and the second consecutive game that he's come through with hits in key situations. Following his RBI single that sparked a four-run eighth inning in Atlanta's 6-3 win Friday night, Markakis delivered an RBI double in the Braves' three-run fourth inning Saturday.
"Nicky is getting some RBI situations up at the top of the order," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. "We said, 'This is our best hitter, let's give him some opportunities,' so we moved him to the top of the order. With Nick, it doesn't matter. He's swinging the bat well right now. We told him we're going to leave him up there for a little while."
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