ATLANTA -- The inevitable finally caught up to A.J. Ramos on Friday night. The Marlins' closer saw his string of 24 consecutive saves this year and 33 overall come to an end.
Tyler Flowers crushed the second pitch Ramos threw in the ninth inning and deposited it over the wall in left for the game-tying run. But after surrendering the lead, the right-hander didn't give up the game, and the Marlins eventually prevailed, 7-5, over the Braves on Jose Fernandez's two-run pinch-hit double in the 12th inning at Turner Field.
Ramos failed on a save attempt for the first time since Sept. 4, 2015, against the Mets at Citi Field. His string of 33 in a row matched Steve Cishek's franchise mark.
"You've got to continue to do the job," Ramos said. "It never matters what you've done. It's about what you have done and what you continue to do. That's what I'm focusing on. Aside of this one, that's what I'm focused on, to continue to do the job."
Ramos understands closers will blow saves, but his objective was to not allow that to happen.
"That was a goal," Ramos said. "Yeah, I made a bad pitch. [Flowers] made me pay for it. That's how it goes. I just left it over the plate. The guy's been hot. He put it in the bleachers."
Until Flowers' blast, Marlins manager Don Mattingly had lined up his bullpen perfectly. Kyle Barraclough pitched the sixth, David Phelps handled the seventh and newly acquired Fernando Rodney got through the eighth.
Rodney, acquired on Thursday from the Padres for prospect Chris Paddack, has 253 career saves. But Mattingly informed all parties Ramos will continue to close. Still, Rodney provides another option, if necessary.
"A.J. is always that guy that you know is not going to panic," Mattingly said. '"You could really tell it wasn't going to rattle him. Obviously, you don't want to do that. He stayed in control, and ended up getting us out of that jam."
Ramos has the same objective no matter which inning he pitches.
"Whenever they call my name, I expect to do the job, whether it's the eighth or ninth, whatever inning it is," Ramos said. "My job is to go and get outs. That's my goal. That's always my goal."
Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.