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Out of reach: Braves drop game to Miami Marlins, 8-4

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Posted: May 16, 2012 11:30 p.m.
Updated: May 16, 2012 11:28 p.m.
Out of reach: Braves drop game to Miami Marlins, 8-4

A two-run home run by Miami Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton gets past Atlanta Braves center fielder Jason Heyward (22) on Wednesday night in Atlanta. The Marlins won, 8-4.



    ATLANTA — Giancarlo Stanton hit a two-run homer and possibly saved two runs with a diving catch and the Miami Marlins beat the Braves, 8-4, on Wednesday night, adding another win to their impressive May record.
    Miami is 12-3 this month after a slow 8-14 start in April. The Marlins (20-17) moved three games over .500 for the first time this season.
    The Marlins led, 6-1, off struggling Braves left-hander Mike Minor before Atlanta scored three runs off Mark Buehrle in the sixth. Stanton's eighth homer, which drove in Kearns after his second double, pushed the lead to 8-4 in the seventh.
    Buehrle (3-4) gave up four runs on six hits in six innings with the win in the first meeting of the season between the NL East rivals.
    Austin Kearns and Emilio Bonifacio each had two hits and drove in two runs. Omar Infante had two hits and scored two runs.
    Minor (2-3) gave up six runs on six hits in 4 2/3 innings, the fourth straight start he has allowed six or more runs. He gave up three runs in the fourth and three more in the fifth, leaving his ERA at 7.09 and his spot in the rotation on possibly shaky ground.
    Stanton may have saved two runs by making a strong catch in right field.
    With Miami leading, 3-1, in the fourth, the Braves had runners on second and third with two outs following singles by Dan Uggla and Brian McCann. Jason Heyward hit a drive that looked like a sure two-run double before Stanton, running at full speed toward the foul line, made a diving catch. Stanton landed about one foot in front of the warning track.
    On Tuesday night, Stanton robbed Pittsburgh's Garrett Jones with a leaping catch before hitting the right-field wall.
    Minor's slump leaves his rotation spot in possible jeopardy. Possible options for the Braves include Livan Hernandez and Kris Medlen, who could move from the bullpen, and Julio Teheran at Triple-A Gwinnett.
    Kearns had a two-run double in the Marlins' three-run fourth. Minor was knocked out of the game after giving up three hits, including a run-scoring single by Gaby Sanchez, in the fifth. Bonifacio added his second RBI single of the game off reliever Cristhian Martinez.
    Rookie shortstop Tyler Pastornicky hit leadoff for the first time as Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez rested centerfielder Michael Bourn.
    Pastornicky, the normal No. 8 hitter, led off the first with a single, moved to third on Martin Prado's double and scored on Freddie Freeman's groundout to first base.

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