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Marlins ride supporting cast to win over Braves

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MIAMI -- With the focus on Giancarlo Stanton's quest for 60 home runs on Saturday night, the supporting cast stole the spotlight in the Marlins' 10-2 win over the Braves at Marlins Park.

Dee Gordon collected three hits and scored twice, while Derek Dietrich belted a three-run homer and right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne allowed just two runs in seven innings in Miami's third straight win over Atlanta. Miguel Rojas notched four hits and fell a home run shy of the cycle.

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MIAMI -- With the focus on Giancarlo Stanton's quest for 60 home runs on Saturday night, the supporting cast stole the spotlight in the Marlins' 10-2 win over the Braves at Marlins Park.

Dee Gordon collected three hits and scored twice, while Derek Dietrich belted a three-run homer and right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne allowed just two runs in seven innings in Miami's third straight win over Atlanta. Miguel Rojas notched four hits and fell a home run shy of the cycle.

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"Obviously a pretty good game for us offensively," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "Dee hit three times in the first three innings. [It was good] to be able to get his hits and get them out of the way."

Stanton went 1-for-5 with an RBI single, and he will enter Sunday's season finale with a Major League-leading 59 home runs.

"They're going after him," Mattingly said of Atlanta not pitching around Stanton. "I just don't see, like, total walks. I think, in general, they went after him. There have been a couple of times this year where you felt like teams weren't pitching to him. They were really going to make somebody else do it."

Video: ATL@MIA: Stanton plates Rojas on RBI single

As Stanton pursues No. 60, Gordon reached a couple of impressive milestones of his own. With his three hits and two stolen bases, he now has 200 hits and 60 steals. The speedy second baseman is the first Major Leaguer to record 200/60 in the same year since Juan Pierre (204 hits, 65 steals) with the Marlins in 2003.

Gordon made it to 60 with a stolen base in the third inning, and his 200th hit came on a line-drive single to right in the fifth. Gordon scored his second run of the game in that inning.

"It's pretty cool, man," Gordon said. "But it means I was getting on base for the guys. I came in and did my job every day. I stayed healthy and I played hard for the boys."

Video: Must C Classic: Gordon reaches 60 steals, 200 hits

Rojas was also trying to accomplish a first by becoming the first Marlin to hit for the cycle. He came up in the eighth inning with the bases loaded needing a home run, but he lifted a fly ball to left.

"I'm not going to lie, I was trying," Rojas said. "It was a pretty cool situation. The situation was perfect for the intent to hit a homer. What is the worse that could happen? A deep fly ball to score a run."

Video: ATL@MIA: Rojas cracks four hits vs. the Braves

Braves right-hander Lucas Sims got chased after two innings, surrendering six runs on seven hits with four walks and one strikeout. The rookie was bidding to conclude his first season having allowing two runs or fewer over three consecutive starts. But he struggled to command his sinker and slider throughout a 33-pitch first inning and ended up retiring just five of 16 hitters faced.

"In order to be able to pitch up in the zone effectively, you've got to mix in some down, and I wasn't able to do a very good job of that tonight," Sims said. "I just didn't have it tonight. I obviously would have liked to have ended on a better note. It sticks with you going into the offseason. You learn from it and try to be better."

The Braves will enter their season finale with a six-game skid. They didn't dent the scoreboard until the seventh inning, when Dansby Swanson and pinch-hitter Matt Adams recorded RBI singles.

"We've had a falloff, but hopefully Max [Fried] will go out and dazzle tomorrow and we can end the season on a winning note," Braves manager Brian Snitker said.

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Video: ATL@MIA: Swanson lines RBI single to left field

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Despaigne's strong seven: A rotation that has struggled all season was helped late in the year by the emergence of Despaigne, who will be in the mix for a spot in 2018. As the Marlins' offense put up early runs against Atlanta, the right-hander kept the Braves off the board until the seventh inning, when Miami had an eight-run cushion. In the seventh, Atlanta threatened to do more damage after Adams' pinch-hit RBI single, but Despaigne retired Ozzie Albies on a fly ball to center to end the threat.

"Sometimes you don't get those runs early, but I'll take it, like I did today," Despaigne said. "I gave up those two runs, but just being able to help the team and get a win, that was the goal."

Video: ATL@MIA: Despaigne strikes out six over seven innings

Flash starts five-run first: The Marlins came out with a fury, scoring five runs and sending nine to the plate in the first en route to hitting for the cycle in the inning. Gordon got things going with a double, and Dietrich belted his three-run homer. Rojas added a run-scoring triple for the first of his four hits.

Video: ATL@MIA: Marlins bring across five runs in 1st inning

QUOTABLE
"I wanted him to do good because he's made such progress this year and done so well. He's had a great year overall, and you kind of wanted him to go out on a better note. But he's a mentally tough kid." -- Snitker, on Sims

"I compare it to Big Mac [Mark McGwire]. It's a swing, you feel like there are places to go. If I get the ball to this spot, I can get him out, if I can get the ball there. Where the problem comes is when you don't." -- Mattingly, on teams pitching to Stanton

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WHAT'S NEXT
Braves: Fried will take the mound as Atlanta closes the season with Sunday afternoon's series finale at Marlins Park. Fried has allowed three earned runs or fewer in each of his three career starts. First pitch is set for 3:10 p.m. ET.

Marlins: Closing Day will feature a starter for the Marlins who opened the season out of the bullpen. Jose Urena (14-7, 3.77 ERA) emerged as the team leader in victories, and he gets the nod on Sunday. The right-hander will make his 28th start and 34th appearance. He is 2-1 with a 2.22 ERA in four starts this year against the Braves.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001.

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Odrisamer Despaigne, Derek Dietrich, Dee Gordon, Miguel Rojas, Lucas Sims