MIAMI — Even the major-league ERA leader can make mistakes, and when he did, the Miami Marlins were ready.
Miami scored nine runs off Aaron Harang, including homers by Marcell Ozuna and Christian Yelich, to drub the Atlanta Braves for the second night in a row Wednesday, 9-3.
Harang (3-2) gave up 10 hits in 4⅔ innings, and his ERA rose from a major-league low 0.85 to 2.97. The Marlins tied a season high with 15 hits, including seven for extra bases.
“They were all hitting like Ted Williams tonight,” Harang said.
Miami scored only one run against the veteran right-hander in a loss a week earlier in Atlanta.
“When he did give us a pitch to do something with, we did a much better job of not missing it tonight,” said Casey McGehee, who had three hits. “Against him in Atlanta, a lot of the pitches we had to hit we fouled off or missed or took. Tonight we took advantage of our opportunities.”
Ozuna hit a three-run homer, and Yelich added his first home run of the year. The homers were the first allowed by Harang this year.
“Seven days ago to now, it’s a totally different team,” Harang said. “I had them totally baffled at home. They were comfortable today.”
The Braves totaled six hits, including Justin Upton’s eighth homer.
They’ve totaled five hits in the past two games against Nathan Eovaldi on Wednesday and Jose Fernandez on Tuesday.
“We’re big-league hitters. We should be able to put some hits up against those guys,” Chris Johnson said. “They’re really, really good, but at some point, with them being in our division, we’ve got to be able to figure them out. We’ve got to put some runs on the board. There’s no excuse for it.”
Harang had allowed a total of three runs in his first five starts, but the Marlins scored four against him with four consecutive hits to start the second inning. Garrett Jones singled home the first run, and Ozuna followed with his fourth homer.
Hechavarria tripled and Yelich hit a two-run homer in the fourth to make it 7-0.
The nine runs allowed by Harang matched his career high. He fell to 5-5 in 15 starts against the Marlins with an ERA of 6.54.