Freeman drives in 4 as Braves beat Marlins

Freeman drives in 4 as Braves beat Marlins

ATLANTA -- Mike Foltynewicz responded to Giancarlo Stanton's MLB-leading 36th home run by throwing a career-high 11 strikeouts, as the Braves' offense ignited for seven runs to beat the Marlins, 7-2, on Saturday night at SunTrust Park.

"I kept the team in it and I knew that they would break out at the end, which it seems like they always do," Foltynewicz said. "Overall, it was a great team win and I am very excited for it."

Freddie Freeman got the Braves offense started as he got the first of his four RBIs with a single in the sixth inning. He broke the game open with a three-run homer in the seventh, finishing 2-for-4 on the night. He reached 20 home runs for the fifth time in his career.

"It feels good and I have been trying to be more consistent since the All-Star break," Freeman said. "It hasn't been what I wanted, but I am starting to feel a little bit better with multi-hit games in three of the last four."

Freeman's three-run homer

The Marlins responded in the eighth inning with an RBI double from Stanton. Miami also loaded the bases in the ninth, before Braves closer Arodys Vizcaino shut the door to secure Foltynewicz's 10th win.

Vizcaino escapes jam for save

Foltynewicz recorded his second game with at least 10 strikeouts this season; the first was against the Reds on June 2. He is 5-2 with a 3.48 ERA in nine starts at SunTrust Park."

Marlins manager Don Mattingly noted that Foltynewicz was on his game, but he also felt he benefited from a favorable strike zone from home-plate umpire Adam Hamari.

"Their guy was good early, for sure," Mattingly said. "He's 97-98 [mph], and he was good. And that zone was pretty favorable tonight for him. He probably got six to 10 balls off the plate. When a guy is throwing 98, there's not a whole lot you're going to do with that, when you're getting that pitch."

Folty's 11 K's in 11 seconds

The Marlins got a solid start from Dan Straily, who allowed two earned runs in 5 2/3 innings. However, he ran into trouble and turned it over to the bullpen, which gave up five earned runs. Straily has lost four straight games and has a 6.10 ERA in his last 20 2/3 innings.

Miami had miscues in Atlanta's two-run sixth inning. Dee Gordon wasn't at second base in time on Ender Inciarte's steal of second, and on a pickoff attempt of Freeman, first baseman Tomas Telis dropped the ball. Freeman had an RBI single in the inning, scoring Inciarte, and Nick Markakis delivered an RBI double.

Inciarte steals second

"It's still up to me to get Markakis out," Straily said. "It's still up to me to get Freddie out, no matter what else happens. I'm the one who let go of the pitch that allowed the hits. It's frustrating not being able to get those guys out in those situations."

Braves response: After Stanton gave the Marlins a brief lead, the Braves got two runs in the sixth inning as Freeman drove in Inciarte with a single. Markakis followed with a ringing double over center fielder Christian Yelich's head to give the Braves the lead.

"He [Straily] had been rough on us in the past," Braves manager Brian Snitker said. "It was good for [those] guys to come roaring back and get the runs back."

Markakis' RBI double

Bullpen falters: Mattingly went to relievers Hunter Cervenka and Dustin McGowan with a one-run deficit in the seventh inning. Things didn't end well as Cervenka walked three Braves and issued a two-run single to Brandon Phillips. A batter later, McGowan served a three-run homer to Freeman that proved insurmountable for the Marlins.

Freeman's three-run homer

"It shows you he's swinging the bat good right now and he's hitting about everything they throw up there. Right now, I don't think it much matters if he's getting a ball close where he can get a bat on it, he's getting a bat on it good." -- Mattingly, on Stanton's home run  More >

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"It's really cool as the last two nights the place has been packed with a lot of energy. Fans are really into it and the guys are into it. They feed off that and it energizes them too. When it gets like that, this place is fun." -- Snitker, on crowd's intensity

Foltynewicz became the first Braves pitcher since Julio Teheran, on May 24, 2016, to record at least 11 strikeouts without allowing a walk. More >

Marlins: Jose Urena (9-5, 3.82) goes for his 10th victory on Sunday in the 1:35 p.m. ET start at SunTrust Park. Urena paces the club in victories and he comes off a tough loss, giving up one run in eight innings against the Nationals. Urena is 0-3 (8.10) lifetime against Atlanta.

Braves: Lucas Sims makes his second career start against Miami as the series wraps in Sunday's 1:35 p.m. ET matinee at SunTrust Park. Sims was solid in his MLB debut against the Dodgers, giving up three runs in six innings.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

Jaylon Thompson is a reporter for based in Atlanta.

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