Marlins 6, Braves 4
ATLANTA (AP)—A strikeout worked out just fine for Florida.
The ball skidded in the dirt, however, getting between the legs of catcher Brian McCann. Hermida hustled to first before McCann could retrieve the wild pitch, leaving the bases loaded again with two outs.
“I saw the ball scoot away,” Hermida said. “I didn’t look back. I put my head down and ran.”
Aaron Boone took advantage, lining a two-run single to left that gave the Marlins some valuable breathing room.
“You take advantage of every break,” Boone said. “He left a slider up. I didn’t hit it all that hard, but I got enough of it.”
Florida’s Wes Obermueller (2-3) started on three day’s rest for the first time in his career. He hung around long enough for the win, giving up eight hits and three runs in five innings.
Obermueller had gone seven innings in his last start, a no-decision at Milwaukee on Thursday.
“It was a gutty performance,” said manager Fredi Gonzalez, who was forced to juggle his rotation for a doubleheader Tuesday. “He got us five innings. That was outstanding.”
Florida trailed 3-2 after Braves rookie Yunel Escobar drove an opposite-field shot to right for his first career homer—one of four hits on the night for the youngster who defected from Cuba on a rickety boat.
But Florida sent eight hitters to the plate against Hudson (6-4) in the fifth, benefiting from a couple of walks, an error by left fielder Willie Harris and Hermida reaching base after whiffing.
“It was a tough pitch. It was in the dirt,” Hudson said. “Sometimes it bites harder than others. It went down pretty good.”
The fifth ended with yet another odd play.
Hermida tried to make it to third on Boone’s hit and Harris had to double-pump on the throw because Escobar, filling in for injured Chipper Jones, wasn’t covering the bag. Shortstop Edgar Renteria headed in that direction, taking the throw on the run and making a no-look, backhanded tag on the runner before he could even slide.
It wasn’t enough to save the Braves, who dropped four games behind the idle New York Mets in the NL East.
“It seemed like everything that could go wrong kind of did,” Hudson said.
Kevin Gregg gave up a solo homer to Renteria with two outs in the ninth, but got McCann to fly out for his eighth save in as many chances.
Florida and Atlanta traded runs through the first three innings, the Marlins tying the game at 2 when right fielder Jeff Francoeur came up with Hanley Ramirez’s single cleanly but bobbled the ball as he attempted to throw toward home.
Dan Uggla, who had stopped at third, raced home when he saw the ball slip from Francoeur’s right hand and drop behind him for an error.
Escobar put the Braves back in front. Called up last week when Jones went on the disabled list, the 24-year-old Escobar hit a drive that just cleared the right-field wall. He kissed his fingers and pointed toward his wife, Minerva, after rounding third.
“My wife was very nervous,” Escobar said with a smile. “At the hotel, she was shaking.”
No need to be. Her husband went 4-for-4 with two singles and a ground-rule double in just his third big league game.
The rookie’s big night was offset by another shaky outing from Hudson, who got off to a brilliant start this season but is 1-3 with a 6.66 ERA over his last four starts.
“I feel like I’m throwing the ball pretty good,” he said. “This last little bit, I’ve had a few tough breaks.”
Hudson matched his second-shortest start of the season. He had one other stint lasting six innings, while his shortest was 4 2-3 at Boston on May 20. … Hudson’s ERA climbed to 3.09; it was 1.40 at the end of April. … Reggie Abercrombie started in left for the Marlins, going 1-for-4, as Josh Willingham got the day off. … Harris took exception to a hard tag by Obermueller after the pitcher fielded a grounder along the first-base line. Harris came up jawing at Obermueller and the benches started to clear, but the two teams were quickly separated without any punches being thrown. … The doubleheader was scheduled to make up for a rainout on April 14.