National League Game Summary - Miami at Atlanta|
(Thursday, May 17th)
Final Score: Atlanta 7, Miami 0
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Brandon Beachy tossed the first shutout of his
career to help the Atlanta Braves take a 7-0 win over the Miami Marlins in the
finale of a two-game set.
Beachy (5-1) gave up just five hits with six strikeouts and also drove in a
run. Freddie Freeman had a solo home run and scored twice while Dan Uggla also
scored twice for the Braves, who have won five of seven.
"I always expect to do well when I go out there but I guess I don't ever think
about where I compare to everyone else," said Beachy. "I always worked off
of my own internal motivation and I got a goal of what I want to
accomplish and it really doesn't factor in what everyone else is doing."
Ricky Nolasco (4-2) gave up four runs on seven hits in just four innings of
work to take the loss. Giancarlo Stanton's double was the only extra-base hit
for the Marlins, who had won their previous two.
"Right now they're playing really well and we're playing really well and we're
going to be facing off against each other," said Miami first baseman Gaby
Sanchez. "You know it's funny, we're really in a tough division and every
single team is doing their thing, everybody is playing well."
The Braves grabbed a lead they never lost in the first when Michael Bourn led
off with a single and Martin Prado followed with a triple for a 1-0 lead.
It was 3-0 after the third as Freeman hit a two-out, solo home run. Uggla
followed with a walk and came home on Brian McCann's double.
Atlanta scored another run in the fourth. With one out, Tyler Pastronicky
singled and moved to second on a sac bunt from Beachy. Bourn then singled to
center for a 4-0 lead.
The Braves poured it on in the fifth as RBI singles from Chipper Jones, Jason
Heyward and Beachy made it a 7-0 contest.
Stanton hit his double to leadoff the seventh, but Gaby Sanchez grounded out
without advancing Stanton. Emilio Bonifacio then grounded out to move Stanton
to third, but Brett Hayes struck out to end the inning.
Miami went down in order in the eighth and ninth innings as Beachy also picked
up his first-ever complete game.
Atlanta begins a three-game interleague set in Tampa Bay on Friday...Miami is
also on the road for its interleague series as it plays in Cleveland on
Friday...Nolasco fell to 5-8 in 21 games against the Braves...Beachy improved
to 2-0 in six games against the Marlins.
05/17 23:28:07 ET