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Atlanta Braves pinch-hitter Eric Hinske watches his two-run home run in the seventh inning of Tuesday's game against the Florida Marlins.


ATLANTA — Eric Hinske hit a pinch-hit, two-run homer in the seventh inning and the Atlanta Braves improved their wild card chances with a 3-2 win over the Florida Marlins on Tuesday night.

The Braves held a half-game lead over San Diego for the wild card entering Tuesday. The Chicago Cubs played at the Padres later Tuesday.

Trailing 1-0, the Braves rallied for three runs in the seventh off Anibal Sanchez (12-12), who had held Atlanta to three hits in six innings.

Melky Cabrera led off the seventh with a single and was sacrificed to second. Brooks Conrad tripled off the center field fence, scoring Cabrera. On the play, Florida center fielder Cameron Maybin was injured when he hit the fence attempting the catch. He appeared to hurt a leg and was taken off the field in a golf cart.

After Rick Ankiel struck out, Hinske hit a 2-2 pitch well over the right-center field fence for his 11th home run and a 3-1 Atlanta lead.

Dan Uggla hit a solo homer off Peter Moylan in the eighth to get the Marlins within 3-2. It was his 32nd of the season and his 100th RBI.

Craig Kimbrel (4-0) got the win with a hitless seventh, striking out the side, and Billy Wagner earned his 36th save with a scoreless ninth, giving up a walk and striking out three.

Atlanta starter Tim Hudson, pitching on three days' rest, allowed seven hits, one run, walked four and struck out four in six innings.

It was the seventh time he had gone on three days' rest and was 2-0 with a 2.61 ERA in three regular season starts and 0-1 with a 3.97 ERA in three postseason starts. His last regular season start on short rest was Sept. 17, 2006, against the Marlins, allowing three hits and one run in seven innings.

Hudson was 1-4 with a 6.10 ERA in five previous September starts after going 6-0 with a 1.43 ERA in his previous eight starts.

The Braves improved their home record to 54-23, tops in the majors.

The Braves missed a chance to score in the sixth when Brian McCann was easily thrown out at the plate on a two-out double into the right field corner by Derrek Lee. Uggla, the cutoff man, made a perfect throw to catcher Brad Davis.

The Marlins had two other opportunities against Hudson, who got Gaby Sanchez on a grounder to short with the bases loaded and two outs in the third. The other came in the fifth after Hudson walked two with one out, Uggla hit a liner to right with Jason Heyward making a long running catch to save at least one run. Hudson then retired Sanchez for the third out.

Notes: The Braves have four games left — all at home — against Florida on Wednesday and three games with NL East winner Philadelphia beginning Friday night. ... Atlanta LHP Eric O'Flaherty who last pitched on Wednesday, is not available. He said he has been suffering from lightheadedness, dizzy spells and blurred vision and is undergoing tests. It could be related to a spell of mononucleosis, which had him on the DL from July 10-Aug. 20. ... Braves 3B Martin Prado will be out for the season after an MRI on Tuesday showed he had a hip pointer and a torn exterior oblique muscle after he injured himself while swinging at a pitch in Monday night's 2-1, 11-inning win over Florida. The Braves will start Derek Lowe on three days' rest on Wednesday. ... Florida SS Hanley Ramirez did not start for the seventh straight game because of a sore left elbow and right elbow.

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