Braves shut out Marlins

Atlanta 3, Miami 0

Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012 10:07 PM
Last updated Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012 12:28 AM
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ATLANTA — The Braves showed no hangover from their champagne celebration, beating Miami 3-0 on Wednesday night as Martin Prado homered and Paul Maholm combined with three relievers on a six-hitter.

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Atlanta's Paul Maholm earned only his second win in his past seven starts Wednesday night.   JOHN BAZEMORE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Atlanta's Paul Maholm earned only his second win in his past seven starts Wednesday night.

The win came one night after Atlanta clinched at least an NL wild-card berth with Tuesday night’s 4-3 win over the Marlins. After the game, Braves players sprayed champagne on each other in the clubhouse and on the field.

Prado hit a first-inning homer off Josh Johnson (8-14) and drove in Jose Constanza with a third-inning single. The Braves had only four hits.

Maholm (13-10) earned only his second win in his past seven starts. The left-hander gave up five hits with no walks and six strikeouts in 6⅔ innings.

Chad Durbin recorded the final out in the seventh. Eric O’Flaherty pitched the eighth.

Craig Kimbrel earned his 40th save, matching Jason Motte for the NL lead, with a perfect ninth inning. He struck out four. Donovan Solano struck out but reached on a wild pitch. Kimbrel also struck out Greg Dobbs, John Buck and Gil Velazquez.

The Braves scored an unearned run off Johnson in the sixth. Dan Uggla reached on third baseman Velazquez’s low throw to first base for an error. Uggla moved to third on Brian McCann’s single.

With Maholm at the plate, Uggla took off from third on an apparent attempted suicide squeeze. Maholm waved his bat at the pitch, which was wide of the plate and beyond the reach of Buck, the catcher. Uggla scored easily and was credited with a stolen base.

Johnson allowed three runs, two earned, four hits and five walks in six innings.

Velazquez had two of Miami’s six hits.

NOTES: Uggla’s steal of home was the Braves’ first since Jason Heyward on July 28, 2010, at Washington. … Braves CF Michael Bourn (jammed left thumb) missed his third straight start. … Heyward stole second, his 20th, after a first-inning walk. … Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said OF Giancarlo Stanton (sore left ribcage) might be held out until Friday’s opening game of a home series against the Phillies. … Guillen said he had no problem with the Braves celebrating after clinching at least a wild-card spot Tuesday night. “Everybody should celebrate everything they do in life,” Guillen said.


WHO: Miami (Jacob Turner 1-3, 4.03) at Atlanta (Tommy Hanson 12-9, 4.46)
TIME/TV: 7:10 p.m./SportSouth

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Riverman1 09/27/12 - 04:56 am
Chipper and a few others did

Chipper and a few others did look a little hung over. Heh. But that's alright. I admire a man who can get a little drunk one night and work hard the next day. I just hope he didn't go out to Hooters again.

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