Robbie Erlin pitched the Atlanta Shutout (started the game, didn’t give up any runs) and Nick Markakis had 3 RBI’s, as the Braves take the series 2 games to 1 and pull into a first place tie with the Marlins. Erlin went 4 innings, allowing only 1 hit and no walks, and struck out 5. Markakis followed Dansby Swanson‘s double in the top of the 6th with a single, and broke things open with a bases loaded double in the 7th.
Darren O’Day, A.J. Minter, Shane Greene, and Tyler Matzek finished up; O’Day allowing the only other hit. Erlin gave the Braves a needed and unexpected (by me) lift, and Josh Tomlin is now penciled in for Tuesday. The Braves have now completed 38% of their season and despite all of their injuries and performance disappointments, they are on track for the playoffs.