Freeman bails out Atlanta


MIAMI ---Derek Lowe took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, loaded the bases and departed with his team up by two runs. Then the real excitement began.


The Atlanta Braves survived that scoring threat, gave up the lead one strike from victory, went ahead again in the 10th and escaped another jam to beat the Florida Marlins 3-2.

"The most important thing is we found a way to win," Lowe said. "We've been in a lot of tight games. We're used to it in a strange way. The majority of our games are this way. It comes down to one pitch."

Freddie Freeman singled home the go-ahead run in the 10th.

The wild loss extended the Marlins' losing streak to seven games, their longest since April 2009. Six of the defeats have been by a single run.

After the game Florida announced the firing of batting coach John Mallee. He'll be replaced by Eduardo Perez, son of Hall of Famer Tony Perez.

Florida batters coldn't do much with Lowe, who gave up two hits in 6w innings. He had his sinker working, with 13 of his 20 outs coming on grounders.

"The wind was blowing in my face and making the ball sink," he said with a smile. "It seems like in about the third inning we were able to get in a good rhythm. It's pretty fun when you can throw the ball where you want. It doesn't happen very often."

The Marlins went 1 for 8 with runners in scoring position and are 8 for 54 (.148) in those situations during the first six games of their dismal homestand.

Florida trailed 2-0 in the ninth and had been shut out for 24q consecutive innings when it tied the game with two out on a Mike Stanton two-run single.



Jair Jurrjens (7-2, 1.75)

vs. Chris Volstad (2-5, 5.67)

7:10 - SportSouth Sun Life Stadium

Heyward called out by Chipper

Chipper Jones said fellow Atlanta Braves star Jason Heyward has to learn how to play through pain.

Heyward, who has a sore right shoulder, could have returned from the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, but because he hasn't swung a bat in more than two weeks, he likely won't be back for another week.

The 21-year-old Heyward has said he did not want to return until he's completely healthy.

Jones said where Heyward "might have erred was the comment that he made, 'I'm not coming back until it doesn't hurt anymore.' "

-- Atlanta Journal-Constitition