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Monday woes continue

Braves drop to 0-12 in Monday contests

Monday woes continue

Monday woes continue

Miami Marlins starting pitcher Josh J...


MIAMI — Josh Johnson pitched six scoreless innings and Emilio Bonifacio homered to lead the Florida Marlins to a 2-1 win over the Atlanta Braves on Monday night.

Four relievers combined to pitch the final three innings, including Steve Cishek, who recorded his third save in six chances to help the Marlins snap a five-game losing streak.

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez was ejected in the ninth for arguing with first base umpire Laz Diaz after Diaz called Jason Heyward out to complete a double play. Chipper Jones followed with an RBI single to pull the Braves within 2-1 before Scott Cousins made a sliding catch in center field to rob Freddie Freeman of a hit and end the game.

Johnson (6-7) retired the first 14 batters he faced before Brian McCann singled to right in the fifth. Johnson left as a precaution after the sixth because of some skin irritation on the middle finger of his throwing hand. He is not expected to miss his next start.

Johnson struck out nine, allowed one hit and did not walk a batter. He threw 53 of his 87 pitches for strikes.

Carlos Lee had an RBI single in the first inning and Bonifacio, starting in place of Omar Infante at second base, led off the second with his first homer since Sept. 25, 2011 at Milwaukee.

Prior to the start of the game, Miami traded Infante and Anibal Sanchez to the Detroit Tigers for three prospects, including former first-round draft pick Jacob Turner.

Braves starter Mike Minor (5-7) allowed two runs and six hits in seven innings.

Miami came into the season with high expectations after landing coveted free agents Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Heath Bell, but they came in 11 1/2 games out of first place in the NL East and eight games behind the wild card-leading Braves.

The Marlins acquired Lee on July 4 to bolster their lineup and make a push in the standings, but they are just 5-9 since the trade.

NOTES: Atlanta recalled OF Jose Constanza from Triple-A Gwinnett and optioned RHP Anthony Varvaro. ... Marlins 3B Hanley Ramirez (right hand laceration) is expected to return to the lineup Tuesday for the first time since July 19. ... Sanchez went 44-45 with a 3.75 ERA in 132 starts for the Marlins over seven years, including a no-hitter on Sept. 6, 2006 against Arizona. ... Braves RHP Tim Hudson (8-4, 3.70 ERA) will start Tuesday night against LHP Buehrle (9-9, 3.29 ERA).

 

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