The Braves got four runs in the first inning, then went into Hibernation Mode, but managed to hold on. Barely. Tommy Hanson was great, except with two out in the fifth.
In the first, Infante led off the game with a homer, then KJ walked and stole second, coming home on a LaRoche single. Escobar selfishly ended the rally with a homer — actually, Diaz singled after him, but was caught off first on a hit-and-run liner by Ross.
Hanson had a no-hitter going to the fifth. It was broken up with two out and a runner on first with a walk. The Marlins then got a double and a single to cut it to 4-3 before Hanson got out of it. He allowed only one hit the rest of the game — a two-out double that Infante, playing left field, maybe should have caught. (The Braves were shorthanded tonight, with Church joining Prado and ACHE on the hurt-but-not-disabled list, while McCann was taking an off-day. Someone really has to go on the 15-day soon, because you can’t compete with a one-man bench, especially when that bench is Norton.)
The Braves had several scoring chances, notably a two-out bases-loaded situation in the seventh when LaRoche got ahead of the pitcher but eventually struck out looking. It’s not really Hibernation Mode, more Incompetence Mode. Gonzalez did his thing in the eighth. Soriano hung one with one out in the ninth, but it was caught at the warning track, and got a strikeout to end it.