ATLANTA -- At last, the Braves have enjoyed back-to-back success at home. Gordon Beckham belted a three-run homer, while Nick Markakis drove in two runs on Saturday to push Atlanta to a 7-2 win over the Marlins at Turner Field.
"We had a lot of chances last night with runners in scoring position," Braves manager Brian Snitker said. "Not a lot today, but we cashed in today."
Atlanta won successive home games for the first time since sweeping three from the Cardinals to close out the 2015 season. The Braves have now beaten the Marlins all five times the clubs have met this year.
As a staff, Marlins pitchers entered Saturday having issued 198 walks, which is second most in the Majors to the Reds (216). Miami walked four on Saturday with three of the free passes scoring. Beckham doubled and scored off Wei-Yin Chen in the fourth. In the sixth, Atlanta scored three times off Jose Urena, who walked one. Beckham's three-run homer off Edwin Jackson in the seventh came after two walks.
"This was the same game we've played every game against them," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "We get a little lead, and then we don't do anything the rest of the day. You have to win games. You don't just get games. We didn't deserve to win. We didn't play well enough to win."
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED Markakis delivers: After breaking an 0-for-16 skid with a two-hit, two-RBI game on Friday night, Markakis came through for the Braves again on Saturday when they were down 2-0. He drove in the Braves' first run with a sacrifice fly in the fourth to make it a 2-1 game. But it was his sixth-inning single that ended up giving Atlanta a 3-2 lead when the ball got past Marlins center fielder Marcell Ozuna and rolled all the way to the wall. Markakis, who advanced to third on the error, scored on Jeff Francoeur's ground-rule double to center to extend the Braves' lead to 4-2.
Chen's 39-pitch fourth inning: Chen threw three hitless innings, allowing just one baserunner, before Gordon Beckham doubled to center and took third on Ozuna's error. The hit came on Chen's third pitch of the frame. The Miami starter ended up tossing 36 more in the inning, for 39 total. Atlanta fouled off 18 of those pitches, and they scratched out a run on Markakis' sac fly to center. Chen struck out Freddie Freeman in the inning, but on 10 pitches. The long inning ended up forcing Chen out of the game after just five frames. The Braves did big damage off Urena in the sixth, taking the lead.
"I think my control was a little off there," Chen said through his interpreter about the inning. "I think sometimes I should have thrown a ball there. I allowed a lot of foul balls there. So I think my control could have been better."
Beckham brings the power: The Braves got big insurance runs in the seventh thanks to Beckham's three-run homer to left-center after back-to-back walks to Chase d'Arnaud and Mallex Smith. The shot gave Atlanta a 7-2 cushion.
Quick start, slow finish: Scoring early off the Braves is nothing new for the Marlins. Miami has taken the early lead in all five games this season against Atlanta, only to watch the games slip away. The Marlins got on the board with two runs off prospect Aaron Blair in the second inning. Derek Dietrich, hitting to the left side for a single against the shift, collected a single. He scored on Cole Gillespie's triple. Adeiny Hechavarria's RBI single through a drawn-in infield made it 2-0.
"You don't deserve to win if you don't do enough to win," Mattingly said.
"It's 0-5. It tells you you're not playing good enough in those games to win games. At the end of the year, you've got to win X, and you're going to lose X. But to get where you want to go, you've got to win X games. It's got to come against someone, and we haven't played good enough against the Braves." -- Mattingly, on his club not yet beating Atlanta
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Ozuna's two-out walk in the seventh inning extended his streak of reaching base safely to 35 games, the longest such streak in the Majors this year. Miami's club record is 46 by Luis Castillo, from April 25-July 21, 2002.
It didn't take long for the first replay challenge to take place. In the first inning, the Braves contested the ruling that leadoff hitter Ichiro Suzuki was safe at first base. Freeman flipped to right-hander Aaron Blair, who ran to cover the bag, but the ruling was his foot missed the base. After a review of one minute, 26 seconds, the determination was the call stands. Blair was charged with the error that allowed Ichiro to reach.
WHAT'S NEXT Marlins: The Marlins close out their five-game road trip at 5:05 p.m. ET on Sunday. Tom Koehler (2-5, 4.79) gets the nod. Earlier this year, Koehler lost to Atlanta at Marlins Park, giving up six runs (five earned) in 3 2/3 innings.
Braves: The Braves will send Julio Teheran (1-4, 2.57 ERA) to the mound, as he faces the Marlins for the first time this season. Atlanta is expected to make a roster move to call up a position player with the loss of Erick Aybar.