ATLANTA -- Derek Dietrich felt right at home at Turner Field. The former Georgia Tech standout drove in a career-high four runs on Sunday in the Marlins' 7-3 victory over the Braves at Turner Field.Dietrich, a triple shy of the cycle, gave the Marlins plenty of support to avoid being
ATLANTA -- Derek Dietrich felt right at home at Turner Field. The former Georgia Tech standout drove in a career-high four runs on Sunday in the Marlins' 7-3 victory over the Braves at Turner Field.
Dietrich, a triple shy of the cycle, gave the Marlins plenty of support to avoid being swept in their weekend series. But the day wasn't completely smooth for Dietrich, who was involved in a fluky play in the top of the ninth. While in the dugout, he was struck in the back of the head by a liner off the bat of Christian Yelich. He was down for several minutes before standing up, and he was being examined by the Braves' medical staff postgame.
"You don't like seeing that happening to anybody, especially one of your teammates," Marlins right-hander Tom Koehler said. "Hopefully, it's just a headache, and he's back with us soon, and it's nothing serious."
Miami also claimed its first win in six tries against the Braves, who got 5 1/3 innings from starter Julio Teheran. He surrendered three runs.
Koehler gave up three runs (two earned) in seven-plus innings, and he won for the first time since April 26 at the Dodgers. It didn't come easily, as he walked five batters for the fourth straight start.
"I just tried to make pitches down in the zone and get some ground balls," Koehler said. "Our defense played really good behind me."
In the eighth, the Braves chipped back with two runs. Mallex Smith walked and scored on Gordon Beckham's grounder, which was booted by Dietrich for an error at second. Jeff Francoeur delivered a sacrifice fly. Marcell Ozuna homered for Miami in the ninth.
"We had a couple of opportunities, but like I said, [Koehler] was pretty much dealing, and we just didn't do much with him," Braves manager Brian Snitker said. "We've been swinging the bats well, you know. We hit a couple of balls hard, but just couldn't get anything to drop. He was on his game."
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Ramblin' Wreck returns: The Marlins' first home run of the series was well-timed. Dietrich, who attended Georgia Tech, blasted a no-doubt, two-run homer in the sixth inning, putting Miami in front, 3-1. Before his at-bats during the series, the Braves' organist played the Tech fight song. Dietrich's homer marked the end of the day for Teheran, who worked 5 1/3 innings. According to Statcast™, Dietrich's drive projected at 432 feet with an exit velocity of 107 mph. Dietrich added a two-run double in the seventh inning, putting Miami ahead by five runs.
"Obviously, that home run was big for us," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "Their guy was settling in, and it was getting deep into the game. Deets gets him there, and then the double. Big day for us."
Teheran plays through discomfort: Teheran felt discomfort on his second pitch to Ozuna in the fourth. He remained in the game after a trainer visit to the mound. Ozuna singled on a full count before Justin Bour walked and Dietrich singled. The Marlins took a 1-0 lead on a Miguel Rojas ground ball, but Teheran retired the side to keep it at one run. He pitched a scoreless fifth inning, but Dietrich chased him with a two-run homer with one out in the sixth. More >
Yelich back in Gold Glove form: Yelich's return to the starting lineup was an eventful one. The Marlins' left fielder has been dealing with back spasms, and he hadn't started since May 20. Yelich's back certainly was tested. In the fourth inning, Yelich went to the wall to catch Freddie Freeman's long fly, banging into it on the play. In the sixth, he made a shoestring catch to snare Francoeur's sinking liner. Yelich also delivered a single in his first at-bat.
"He did everything you could do," Mattingly said. "Ran into the wall. Dove. Got hit on a play at first. If he comes out of this, he's good, I guess."
"It was a great team win. You don't like calling games this early in the season must-wins, but this was one we needed to get." -- Koehler, on Miami salvaging the third game of series
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Ozuna, who had two hits including a home run, has now reached safely in 36 straight games. He also has an 11-game hitting streak.
Marlins: The Marlins open a four-game series with the Pirates on Monday at 7:10 p.m. ET at Marlins Park. Lefty Justin Nicolino (2-2, 4.37 ERA) starts for Miami against lefty Jeff Locke (3-3, 5.08 ERA) in the first of two games originally scheduled to be played in Puerto Rico.
Braves: The Braves continue their 10-game homestand when they open a four-game series with the Giants at 1:10 p.m. ET on Monday. Hard-throwing right-hander Mike Foltynewicz (1-2, 3.95 ERA) will take the mound for Atlanta.
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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.
Aimee Sachs is a contributor for MLB.com based in Atlanta and covered the Braves on Sunday.