Miami (8-2) at Atlanta (5-5)

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  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Sat Apr 17, 2004
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The Atlanta Braves look to send the defending world champion Florida Marlins to their first series loss of the season as the teams resume a three-game series at Turner Field.

Eli Marrero and Chipper Jones each hit two-run homers in Atlanta’s come-from-behind 5-4 win over Florida on Friday night, ending the Marlins’ seven-game winning streak.

“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.”

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J. Beckett LAD vs. R. Ortiz LAD
9-9 Record 15-9
3.79 ERA 4.13
152 K 143
54 BB 112
1.22 WHIP 1.51