The Atlanta Braves are making a habit of coming back to win games.
The Braves try to complete a four-game series sweep against the Florida Marlins (11-27) when the teams meet Thursday at Turner Field.
Atlanta came from behind in each of its last four wins, with the last two coming in 11 innings. Chipper Jones hit a three-run walkoff homer in the bottom of the 11th on Wednesday to give the Braves a 6-4 win over the Marlins. It was Atlanta’s third consecutive win and eighth in its last 10 games.
The Braves (20-20) won Tuesday’s contest 4-3 on an 11th-inning RBI single by left fielder Matt Diaz. Diaz added a hit in his only at-bat Wednesday to improve to 10-for-11 with five RBIs against the Marlins this season.
“We’ve been playing a lot of close games,” said Jones, who had gone 70 at-bats since his last homer on April 28. “It just seems like our offense is never out of the game.”
The victory got Atlanta back to .500 for the first time since April 23 and pulled the team within 4 1/2 games of the NL-East leading New York Mets.
Jorge Sosa (0-5, 6.52 ERA) will try to record his first win of the season and continue Atlanta’s hot streak when he takes the mound on Thursday. The right-hander allowed five runs and nine hits over 5 2-3 innings in a 8-5 victory over Washington on Saturday.
Sosa, who is 2-1 with a 3.45 ERA in 10 career appearances versus the Marlins, is struggling to find the form that saw him post a 13-3 record and 2.55 ERA last season.
Scott Olsen (2-2, 5.16) takes the mound for Florida, trying to win consecutive starts for the first time this year. The left-hander gave up three runs and six hits over six innings Saturday while striking out a season-high nine and walking just two in a 4-3 win over Pittsburgh.
“That’s the best he’s pitched all year,” Marlins manager Joe Girardi said. “When he had to have it he had it, and that’s a sign of growing up a little bit and believing in your stuff, which is very important for a young pitcher. When you don’t walk people, you have a chance.”
Olsen gave up two runs and two hits in 1 1-3 innings of relief against the Braves last season.
Marlins second baseman Dan Uggla went 1-for-4 with an RBI in Wednesday’s defeat, extending his hitting streak to eight games.
Florida (11-27), which has lost three straight games and owns the NL’s worst record, will continue its road trip with a three-game series against Tampa Bay starting Friday. The Braves begin a nine-game road trip where they’ll face Arizona, San Diego and the Chicago Cubs in three-game sets.