Maholm struggles as Braves lose series finale to Marlins

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Atlanta Braves pitcher Paul Maholm and catcher Gerald Laird talk over strategy during Wednesday's loss to Miami.

Maholm struggles as Braves lose series finale to Marlins MIAMI (AP) - Saddled with a five-game losing streak, the Miami Marlins were in the market for an early lead Wednesday, and Giancarlo Stanton gave them one. The Marlins slugger hit a two-run double in the first inning to end a 10-game RBI drought and help beat the Atlanta Braves 6-2. Stanton had been in a 3-for-26 slump before he gave the Marlins the lead in their four-run first against Paul Maholm.
Placido Polanco added three hits and three RBIs. Jacob Turner (3-1) allowed four hits and two runs in seven innings, and Steve Cishek allowed two singles in the ninth to complete a six-hitter. The Braves won two of three games in the series but missed a chance for their first road sweep since April 12-14 at Washington. 'It was a tough day,' said Maholm (9-8). 'Obviously we would have liked to have gotten the sweep, but we won the series.' Miami improved to 3-12 against the Braves at Marlins Park since it opened in 2012. With thousands of youngsters in the stands on camp day, the announced attendance was 23,921 - the Marlins' largest home crowd since April 27. Miami is last in the major leagues in attendance. Atlanta came into the game with a 1.87 ERA this season against the Marlins, but Miami batted around in the first inning. Maholm gave up no runs after the first but lasted only 4 1-3 innings, throwing 103 pitches. Three times this year he has failed to pitch five innings. Poor base-running hurt Atlanta in the second inning. Dan Uggla doubled home a run, then was thrown out trying to go from second to third when a pitch rolled away from catcher Mathis. B.J. Upton reached first on the play because the pitch was strike three, but he was promptly picked off by Turner. Freddie Freeman, contending for the final spot on the NL All-Star team, doubled in the sixth and scored on Chris Johnson's groundout to make the score 4-2. But that's all the Braves could muster against Turner, who improved to 4-0 in his past six home starts with an ERA of 1.41. Notes: Before the game, Braves C Evan Gattis (strained right oblique) took batting practice for the first time since going on the disabled list June 18. ... Umpire Dan Iassogna began wearing a cast this week on his right forearm after an X-ray revealed a broken wrist. He was hurt working behind the plate at a game June 29, but the severity of the injury wasn't determined until after Monday's Marlins-Braves game, when he was again the plate umpire and he was throwing balls underhand to the pitcher because of the pain. ... The Marlins' Adeiny Hechavarria singled in the fifth to extend his hitting streak to 10 games, matching his career high.


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