Sosa blew a 2-0 lead, the Braves blew too many chances to score, and the game just generally blew.
The Braves got two runs in the third. Marcus singled home Estrada, and Andruw drew a bases-loaded walk. But LaRoche grounded out to end the inning. In the fourth, they loaded the bases with two out again, and Marcus struck out looking. In the fifth, Estrada struck out with two on and two out. In the seventh, Francoeur grounded out with two on and two out. In the eighth, KJ flew out, then Marcus popped up to end the inning with two on. Part of the problem is that they couldn’t do anything until two were out, of course. But that’s way too many baserunners.
Sosa looked good early, but allowed a long homer in the fourth to cut it to 2-1 and seemingly tired in the fifth, allowing four hits, including two doubles. He was fortunate to get away with only two runs scoring.
The bullpen did pretty well for itself. Boyer was great again, striking out two in a perfect sixth. Foster walked one, but that was it in the seventh. Kolb actually struck out the side, albeit with a single mixed in, in the eighth. Reitsma allowed a weak single in the ninth.
The Marlins won, and the Mets beat the Phillies, which moves Florida into a tie for second place and the wildcard lead… Double header tomorrow, not a particularly promising one with Thomson and Ramirez scheduled to start against Livan and Loaiza.