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Offense dries up as Marlins drop three in a row to Braves

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The Miami Marlins were flying high in May with a 21-7 record. They're 2-4 in June after being swept in a three-game series by the Atlanta Braves.

Once again, Miami's offense sputtered Thursday in an 8-2 loss to Atlanta, but this time its pitching got pounded, too.

The Marlins were outscored in the series 21-3.

"They came in here and whipped our butts three games," Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton said. "It's not like we're going downhill from here. Just a little slip-up."

The Marlins were shut out in the series opener Tuesday by Tim Hudson before scoring one run Wednesday and two Thursday.

"We're in a little slump right now. That's what happens with you face good teams and good pitching," said Mark Buerhle, who allowed just two runs in six innings Thursday while taking the loss.

The Marlins open a three-game interleague series Friday against Tampa Bay.
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