MIAMI — Randall Delgado pitched 6⅓ innings and contributed his first RBI of the year Wednesday, and three relievers completed a two-hitter to help the Atlanta Braves beat the Miami Marlins 2-1.
Brian McCann had three of the Braves’ six hits and scored a run.
Delgado (4-5) allowed one run and had a career-high seven strikeouts. He won for only the second time in his past nine starts.
Braves relievers retired all eight batters they faced. Craig Kimbrel pitched the ninth for his 17th save in 18 chances.
“Our pitching was phenomenal,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “We had good solid defense, nothing flashy, made all the routine plays and just got enough runs.”
In the first two games of the series, the Braves have allowed one run and seven hits.
Josh Johnson (3-4) lost for the first time in his past four decisions even though he went 7⅔ innings and allowed two runs.
Delgado retired the first 12 batters before Giancarlo Stanton doubled to lead off the fifth. He scored the Marlins’ first run of the series on a two-out single by Bryan Petersen – only his second RBI this season.
That was the Marlins’ final hit. Jose Reyes went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts, ending the longest active hitting streak in the majors at 15 games.
“Their pitcher was better than we were. Sometimes you’ve got to tip your hat,” Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said. “This kid today was on top of his game, and the bullpen did a tremendous job. ”
Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman left the game with a bruised left index finger. His finger was put in a splint, and X-rays are planned for today.