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Teheran tries to stay hot in opener with Marlins
(SportsNetwork.com) - Streaking right-hander Julio Teheran can continue a streak of solid outings against strong mound competition on Monday night, when he and the Atlanta Braves open a three-game home series with the Miami Marlins at Turner Field.
Teheran enters the outing having last pitched against former Cy Young Award winner Cliff Lee and the Philadelphia Phillies and emerged with a complete game in a 1-0 win in which he struck out four batters.
The win was his first over the nine-inning distance in 38 career starts and followed up on previous early season meeting with Washington's former No. 1 overall draft pick Stephen Strasburg and long-time Milwaukee ace Yovani Gallardo.
"I don't pay attention to who I'm pitching against," he said.
He'll now face off with the Marlins' Tom Koehler, who tossed seven scoreless innings and allowed just one hit in a dominant 1-2 defeat of the Nationals in his last start on Tuesday.
Koehler has not allowed more than two runs in any of his three starts this season.
In fact, the last time he allowed more than two was in September 2013, when the Braves touched him for four runs in five innings of a Miami loss. In his last two starts against Atlanta, Koehler has a swelled earned run average of 5.40.
This season, it's 1.89 through three starts.
On Sunday in Miami, the Marlins scored twice in the bottom of the eighth inning to come back and sweep the Seattle Mariners with a 3-2 win in the finale of a three-game series.
Garrett Jones, Adeiny Hechavarria and Donovan Solano picked up an RBI apiece for Miami, which has won four of five.
Marlins starter Kevin Slowey gave up two runs on three hits through five innings of work, picking up three strikeouts. Mike Dunn (1-2) earned the win setting down the three batters he faced in the eighth.
Despite allowing a leadoff double and a walk, Steve Cishek worked out of a one-out jam with runners on the corners to pick up his third save of the season and 32nd consecutive save dating back to last season.
In New York, Curtis Granderson's sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 14th inning was the difference, as the Mets avoided a three-game sweep with a 4-3 win over the Braves.
Kirk Nieuwenhuis drew a walk against Gus Schlosser (0-1) to start the decisive frame and Ruben Tejada moved him to second with a sacrifice bunt. Eric Young Jr. was then intentionally walked and both runners advanced on a wild pitch. Granderson lofted the second pitch he saw to left field, and Justin Upton's throw came in just behind Nieuwenhuis.
Schlosser took the loss despite holding New York hitless over 3 2/3 innings.
Atlanta was 13-6 against the Marlins last season.
04/21 10:29:40 ET