Miami (11-27) at Atlanta (20-20)

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  • Game info: 1:05 pm EDT Thu May 18, 2006
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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.”

Jones went 3-for-5 with five RBIs Wednesday, Brian McCann boosted his NL-leading average to .354 with a 2-for-4 effort and Jeff Francoeur extended his hitting streak to 15 games.

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.

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S. Olsen Tex vs. J. Sosa Mia
12-10 Record 3-11
4.04 ERA 5.42
166 K 75
75 BB 40
1.30 WHIP 1.51