Marlins 4, Braves 3
MIAMI (AP) _ The Florida Marlins scored twice in the eighth inning Saturday night to beat Atlanta 4-3, snapping Greg Maddux’s 10-game winning streak and handing the Braves ace his first road loss in over a year.
Derek Lee started the eighth-inning rally with a one-out single off Maddux (12-3). Todd Dunwoody followed with his third hit, and Edgar Renteria tied it with an RBI single. After Mark Kotsay walked to load the bases, Todd Zeille drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly.
Matt Mantei (3-0) pitched two scoreless innings as the Marlins won for the seventh time in 10 games. The Braves have lost two straight to Florida following a nine-game winning streak.
Maddux, coming off two consecutive shutouts and two shutout innings during Tuesday night’s All-Star game, allowed four runs _ two unearned after errors on the Gold Glove pitcher _ and seven hits in eight innings. He struck out five and walked two.
The right-hander last lost to Colorado on April 26. His last road loss was at Houston on April 2, 1997 _ a streak spanning 16 victories and six no-decisions.
Maddux holds the major league record with 18 straight road victories _ from July 2, 1994, to the end of the 1995 season.
Saturday night’s game drew 36,795 fans, the Marlins’ largest home crowd of the season since 41,126 were on hand for Opening Day.
Trailing 1-0 in the fourth, the Braves struck for all three of their runs off starter Ryan Dempster, who would not survive the inning.
Michael Tucker had an RBI double, Andruw Jones followed with a sacrifice fly, and Eddie Perez added a run-scoring double.
The Marlins scored a run in the first inning.
With none out, Renteria on first and Dunwoody on second, Maddux fielded a sacrifice off the bat of Kotsay. But Maddux, winner of eight straight Gold Gloves, threw the ball over Andres Galarraga’s outstretched glove at first base. Renteria took a wide turn at second and was tagged out in a rundown. Todd Zeile’s RBI groundout scored Dunwoody.
Maddux committed his second error of the game in the fourth. With one out and Kotsay on second, Floyd hit a slow grounder to Maddux’s right. Maddux, who entered the game with one error, cut the ball off, spun toward first, but his throw pulled Galarraga off the bag.
The Marlins took advantage of the error and another miscue in the inning. With runners now at first and second and Ryan Jackson at the plate, the Marlins attempted a double steal. But catcher Perez’s throw sailed into the outfield, scoring Kotsay.
Notes: The Marlins placed pitcher Joe Fontenot (sore right shoulder) on the 15-day disabled list. He is sidelined by a right shoulder injury. The move is retroactive to July 3. Reliever Rob Stanifer was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte. ... The Marlins also announced that Eric Ludwick, on the 60-day disabled list since May 3 because of a fractured right arm, will start in Fontenot’s place Monday against Montreal.