“It’s a big win. It’s important because we don’t want them to get too big a lead. If we fall behind seven, eight games to them with that pitching staff it will be tough to come back,” said Jones, whose homer snapped an 0-for-10 skid.
In addition to snapping Florida’s win streak, the Braves also stopped the Marlins’ team-record scoreless innings streak at 31.
The five runs were the most allowed by Florida in a game this season. They shut out Montreal in three straight games before facing the Braves.
The defeat also thwarted the Marlins’ attempt to start the season 9-1 for the first time in club history.
Florida now looks to right-hander Josh Beckett, who is 2-4 in seven career starts against the Braves despite a sparkling 1.80 ERA. In his last start, the World Series MVP allowed two hits and struck out 11 over seven innings to help the Marlins beat Philadelphia 3-1 on Sunday.
“We can’t just sit on things,” said Beckett, who went 2-2 with a 2.11 ERA in the 2003 postseason. “We’re going to go through lulls. We’ll see how we bounce back from there.”