Braves 6, Marlins 3
Sep. 07, 1995
MIAMI (AP) _ Luis Polonia singled in the tie-breaking run in the ninth inning to give the Atlanta Braves a 6-3 victory Thursday over the Florida Marlins in the completion of a game delayed four months, two days and 54 minutes by rain.
The Braves and the Marlins played five outs to complete the game suspended May 4 with the score tied 3-3, a runner on first and no outs in the top of the ninth.
After Polonia's single scored Mark Lemke, Marquis Grissom hit a two-run homer off Robb Nen (0-5), who allowed all six runs.
Brad Woodall (1-0), who is now at Triple-A Richmond, earned the victory _ the Braves' fifth straight _ with one shutout inning. Greg McMichael pitched a perfect ninth for his first save of the season.
Four months after the 3-3 tie was suspended due to a downpour, the game was delayed by rain for another 54 minutes before play resumed in the drizzle.
The Braves rallied for three runs in the ninth inning of the May 4 game before it was suspended after a 1-hour, 17-minute delay.
Atlanta's May rally started against Nen, who had just taken over closer duties from the injured Bryan Harvey.
The Marlins were ahead 3-0 when David Justice reached on an error by shortstop Eddie Zosky that was initially ruled a hit. Jose Oliva, who has since been traded to the St. Louis Cardinals, hit a two-run homer to close the gap to 3-2. Pinch-hitter Dwight Smith doubled and Lemke drove a fastball into the right-field corner.
Then the skies opened.
The Marlins took a 3-0 lead on an RBI triple by Andre Dawson, and RBIs from rookies Charles Johnson and Quilvio Veras.
Baseball rules allow for a suspension instead of a tie if the visiting team rallies to tie the score and the home team does not get its last at-bats.
In the regularly scheduled game, Steve Avery and Pat Rapp, the two pitchers who started the first game, started again.
Notes: The Braves are on an 11-game road trip, and their magic number to clinch first place in the NL East is six games. ... Atlanta won four straight at the end of its homestand, including a three-game sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals. ... The Marlins have not been rained out at home this season. They have had one game canceled because of an approaching hurricane. ... Atlanta has won 23 games, including 16 since July 4, in its last at-bat this season.