ATLANTA -- They may be five games under .500 and eight games out of first place in the National League East, but the Miami Marlins aren't planning to play out the string over the final two months of the season.
The Marlins had their spirits lifted by winning three of four games against the Atlanta Braves this week at Turner Field. The series was punctuated by a ninth-inning win against Atlanta closer Craig Kimbrel on Thursday night.
"We still have the intentions to do something big," Marlins closer Steve Cishek said. "This was a good way to start."
The Marlins are 7-6 against the Braves this season, 4-3 at Turner Field. Last year, the Braves went 13-6 against Miami.
"This has been a tough place for us to play," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said. "We made some mistakes, but we kept fighting and giving great effort."
A 3-2 win over the San Francisco Giants on Sunday provided Miami some needed momentum. The Marlins had lost six straight prior to that comeback victory.
"Confidence-wise, it helps for sure, because these guys have had a lot of success against us," Redmond said of the Braves. "We've got to beat these guys for us to get to where we want to go."
Miami completes its seven-game road trip with three games in Houston against the Astros, the fourth-place team in the American League West.
STREAK: Won one
NEXT: Marlins (LHP Brad Hand, 1-2, 4.86 ERA) at Astros (RHP Dallas Keuchel, 9-6, 3.29 ERA)
--LHP Brad Hand (1-2, 4.86 ERA) on Friday will face the Astros in his fifth start since returning to the rotation. He beat the Giants on Sunday, allowing two earned runs with four strikeouts over seven innings. In his last four starts, the southpaw is 1-1 with a 3.22 ERA. Hand won his only career start against Houston, allowing two hits over seven scoreless innings.
--RHP Henderson Alvarez (7-5, 2.62 ERA) pitched eight strong innings on Wednesday. It was the fourth time he pitched at least eight innings this season. He allowed two runs, six hits and one walk and struck out four. Alvarez retired the final 10 batters he faced. He allowed a home run, only his eighth of the season, the fourth-fewest permitted among pitchers with at least 120 innings.
--LF Christian Yelich had his 17-game road hitting streak snapped when he finished 0-for-4 Thursday. He hit .411 (30-for-75) during the streak after batting .225 in his first 25 road games. Despite going hitless, Yelich was credited with an RBI on a fielder's choice when he hustled down the line to prevent a double play.
--C Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit two doubles and had the game-winning single Thursday. It was his second game with two doubles. He has reached base safely in his each of his past seven games, going 7-for-24 with five walks.
--RHP Steve Cishek earned his 24th save with a scoreless ninth inning. Cishek has not allowed a run in 15 career games at Turner Field, a stretch that covers 13 1/3 innings and includes eight saves. He pitched in three games in the series, struck out four and allowed just one hit in three innings.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "We have a lot of confidence in Salty." -- RHP Steve Cishek, on C Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who provided the game-winning hit Thursday in the Marlins' 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves.
--RHP Kevin Gregg (right elbow inflammation) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 14.
--2B Derek Dietrich (right wrist strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to July 2. He took 10 dry swings July 11.
--2B Rafael Furcal (torn left hamstring) went on the 15-day disabled list June 22, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on July 19.
--RHP Carter Capps (right elbow strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 26, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on June 4. He got a second opinion June 4 on his ailing elbow from Dr. James Andrews, who agreed with team doctors that Capps didn't need surgery but needed at least four weeks of rest.
--RHP Jose Fernandez (right ulnar collateral ligament tear in elbow) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 10, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on June 1. He underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery May 16. He had the cast and stitches removed May 27. He could begin throwing in mid-September. The timetable for his recovery is 12-18 months.
RHP Nathan Eovaldi
RHP Henderson Alvarez
RHP Tom Koehler
LHP Brad Hand
RHP Jacob Turner
RHP Steve Cishek (closer)
LHP Mike Dunn
RHP Bryan Morris
RHP Chris Hatcher
RHP A.J. Ramos
LHP Dan Jennings
RHP Sam Dyson
RHP Anthony DeSclafani
1B Garrett Jones
2B Jordany Valdespin
SS Adeiny Hechavarria
3B Casey McGehee
INF Jeff Baker
INF Donovan Solano
LF Christian Yelich
CF Marcell Ozuna
RF Giancarlo Stanton
OF Reed Johnson
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