ATLANTA -- Giancarlo Stanton added to his Major League-leading home run total by teeing off on a couple of R.A. Dickey knuckleballs, but Adam Conley's successful run against Atlanta was halted by a Nick Markakis three-run shot that gave the Braves a 5-3 win over the Marlins on Friday night at SunTrust Park.
One night after recording his 2,000th career hit, Markakis delivered the decisive blow in the sixth against Conley, who entered the inning having not allowed an earned run over his past 19 innings versus Atlanta. Markakis' sixth homer of the season erased the lead the Marlins had gained courtesy of Stanton's 26th career multi-homer game and the eighth he has recorded this year. He leads the Majors with 35 home runs.
"He's going after 3000 [hits], I guess," Braves manager Brian Snitker playfully said. "That's what he does. He always is there. We've been talking and talking about him, and I don't mind talking about Nick Markakis. … He just goes about his business and plays the game."
Conley was actually pleased with the pitch Markakis hit but noted in the sixth inning, in general, he lacked command.
"The ball was in," Conley said. "I have to tip my cap to him. I was pitching him up. He was chasing the ball up in there. On a 3-2 count, with my slot and throwing the ball in there, he got his hands up there and hit a homer. Sometimes, it's going to happen."
Stanton's homers accounted for two of the three hits surrendered over six innings by Dickey, who otherwise quieted a Marlins club that had won six of its previous eight games. The veteran knuckleballer pitched with an early advantage courtesy of multiple defensive miscues that helped the Braves tally a run in the first.
"It's not a comfortable at-bat, and it's not a crazy, uncomfortable at-bat," Stanton said of facing Dickey. "If it's anything close to uncomfortable, it would on a night like this, where you're just popping it up and you can't really find any hits on it."
The Marlins played a sloppy game in losing for the third time in four games at SunTrust Park.
"We just give them that run early, but after that, G gets us back at 1, and gets us ahead, 3-1," Marlins manager Don Mattingly said. "Then, the shutdown inning, we didn't really shut anything down."
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No doubters: Stanton's two-run homer in the sixth inning provided the Marlins a two-run advantage, but because it traveled a modest 424 feet, it was far from his most impressive contribution to this game. The Marlins' right fielder caused jaws to drop in the fourth when he barrelled a center-cut, first-pitch fastball and watched it sail over the center-field wall. Ender Inciarte didn't move as the ball traveled a projected 477 feet per Statcast™, making it the longest homer hit at SunTrust Park. More >
"I've seen him where he's untouchable, and he can't control it his best," Stanton said. "Today, he was pretty good, actually. I just got two balls to hit."
Stanton entered 7-for-23 with no homers in his career against Dickey, who has a 2.22 ERA over his past nine starts.
"He hit a first pitch that sometimes he takes and pounced on it," Dickey said. "The second one he hit, my cleat kind of slipped and my arm drug and it was just a meatball, and he crushed it."
Early blunders: Shortstop Miguel Rojas bobbled Inciarte's grounder to open the bottom half of the first inning, and a replay review provided an out when Dee Gordon dropped a double-play feed on the next play. But after Tyler Flowers was hit by a pitch, Gordon couldn't catch Markakis' two-out liner. An aggressive Brandon Phillips ran through third-base coach Ron Washington's stop sign and scored from second base on the play.
"Brandon had a really nice night," Snitker said. "That's just the kind of stuff that gets teams going."
"We just didn't make plays," Mattingly said. "I don't know if we saw the ball good off the bat. There's going to be nights you don't make plays. Tonight, we didn't make plays."
"You just have to play backyard baseball with him. Play Wiffle ball with him. Essentially, you have to wait and hope he throws a bad one. When he throws a good one, there's nothing you can do about it. Hope he makes a mistake with it." -- Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto, on facing Dickey
"That was probably the no-doubters of no-doubters for me catching. I was like, 'Oh man, he got that.' At the time, that's OK. I think that's better than a walk, especially for R.A. It's going to happen from time to time. It wasn't his best knuckleball. It was out over. He just happened to square it up really nice." -- Flowers, on Stanton's first home run
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With his pinch-hit single off Jim Johnson in the eighth inning, Ichiro Suzuki moved up on Major League Baseball's all-time hits lead. The 43-year-old now has 3,061, passing Craig Biggio for sole possession of 22nd place. Next up for Ichiro is Cap Anson, with 3,081 hits, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. More >
Markakis has totaled 23 home runs since joining the Braves in 2015, but this latest one marked just the second he has hit against a left-handed pitcher during that span. His most recent homer against a southpaw came on July 8, 2016, when he took Chris Sale deep at U.S. Cellular Field.
The Marlins got off to a sloppy start, committing two errors in the first inning that led to an unearned run. If not for a successful replay challenge, Miami would have been tagged with three miscues.
After Inciarte reached on Rojas' fielding error, Phillips grounded to third. Miami was hopeful to get a double play, but third baseman Derek Dietrich's throw to Gordon at second was low. Gordon, while attempting to make the transfer from his glove to throwing hand, had the ball pop loose. Initially, it was ruled an error on Dietrich, with both runners reaching. But Miami challenged, and after a review of 1 minute, 55 seconds, the call was overturned for a fielder's choice.
Marlins:Dan Straily (7-7, 3.79 ERA) starts on Saturday in the sandwich game of the series, set for 7:10 p.m. ET. The right-hander makes his 23rd start of the year, and he is 2-0 with a 1.59 ERA this year against Atlanta.
Braves:Mike Foltynewicz will take the mound when the series resumes on Saturday night. Before needing 100 pitches to complete four tough innings in Philadelphia on Monday, he had produced a 2.95 ERA over his past six starts.
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