Braves lose to Marlins, drop another game in wild card race

With their NL wild-card lead dwindling, the Braves mustered only two hits against former teammate Javier Vazquez and lost Wednesday to the Florida Marlins, 4-0.
Atlanta's lead the NL wild-card race shrank when St. Louis beat the New York Mets Wholesale Jerseys 6-5 to close to within 1 games. The Cardinals were 10 back on Aug. 25, but the Braves have lost 13 of their past 20 games.
"I'm still optimistic that this club has enough in the tank to get it done," Jones said. "We've still got everybody in the rearview mirror. We've just got to go take care of business." After Vazquez pitched seven innings, Jones — now 0-for-10 this year as a pinch-hitter — grounded out during Cheap MLB Jerseys a 1-2-3 eighth. Leo Nunez walked two in the ninth before retiring Jason Heyward to complete a two-hitter. It was the ninth time the Braves have been shut out. Derek Lowe (9-16) improved from recent outings but lost his fourth start in a row — a bad streak at a bad time for the Braves.
"We made it definitely kind of tough on ourselves," Lowe said. "But we're still going to have the lead going into Friday night. We've got to realize if we keep winning, we're going to make it. As bad as it stinks right now, you still have control over what's going to happen." The Braves trailed Florida 3-0 before mustering their best threat in the seventh. Brian McCann led off with a walk and took third on a two-out double by Heyward, but Jack Wilson flied out to end the inning.
Vazquez retired the first 10 batters before Martin Prado singled in the fourth. McCann was then hit by a pitch, but Vazquez escaped by retiring Dan Uggla and Freddie Freeman.
The game was the last for Atlanta on the field where the Marlins have played since their first season in 1993. The teams went 75-75 in the stadium. The Marlins took the three-game series despite going 1-for-17 with runners in scoring position. The lone hit was an RBI double by Gaby Sanchez in the second inning. Brett Hayes hit his fifth homer leading off the fifth, and Logan Morrison added his 22nd in the eighth.
The 35-year-old right-hander has won his past five starts while allowing one earned run in 36 innings, an ERA of 0.25. It has been a remarkable turnaround for Vazquez, who had the highest ERA in the majors at 7.09 in mid-June.



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