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Freeman, Garcia lead Braves over Marlins
Miami, FL (Sports Network) - Freddie Freeman celebrated his 24th birthday by going 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and two runs scored to help Freddy Garcia get a win in his first start with Atlanta, as the Braves downed Miami 6-1 at Marlins Park.
Chris Johnson added three hits and two RBI and Evan Gattis drove in a pair of runs for the NL-East leading Braves, who won three of four from the Marlins to end a seven-game road trip with a 3-4 mark.
Garcia (1-1), who had made three relief appearance for the Braves before getting this start, was charged with one run on five hits in six innings. The veteran right-hander struck out three and walked one.
Donovan Solano drove in the lone run and Christian Yelich had two hits for Miami, which has lost five of six and completed a seven-game homestand with just a pair of wins.
The Braves used a four-run third to jump ahead. With the bases loaded, Gattis doubled home the first two runs and then scored along with Freeman on a Johnson double.
Florida got a run back in the bottom of the inning when Solano drove home a run, but Freeman's two-run blast in the fourth added the Braves cushion, 6-1.
Brian Flynn (0-1), making his second career start, suffered the loss. The left-hander was charged with six runs on six hits, striking out four and walking six, in four innings.
Freeman has 20 homers this season. He is now 6-for-14 in four career birthday games ... Garcia began 2013 by making 11 appearances with the Baltimore Orioles and posting a 3-5 record with a 5.77 earned run average. His contract was purchased by the Braves on Aug. 23 ... The Marlins now embark on an 11- game, 10-day road trip, beginning in New York over the weekend ... This was the final meeting of the season between these two clubs. Atlanta won the series 13-6 ... Elliot Johnson was thrown out trying to steal second in the fourth inning. It was the first time he was gunned down trying to steal this season (18-of-19) ... Justin Upton went 0-for-2 with three walks and two runs scored.
09/12 15:31:38 ET