Green has clinch hit as Marlins tie Braves

KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Tyler Pastornicky's four hits may eventually solidify his place as the Atlanta Braves shortstop. But he wasn't the only player who might have made a favorable impression Thursday.

Veteran infielder Nick Green, fighting for a utility job with the Marlins, temporarily put Miami ahead with an RBI double in the ninth inning before the Braves came back to force a 5-5 tie in a game stopped after 10 innings.

Green, 33, came into the game with just two hits in 16 at-bats during Grapefruit League play and his chances of sticking with Florida appeared to be waning.

The Duluth graduate and former Brave helped himself, though, as he tries to make the Marlins his eight major league team. In addition to Atlanta, he has played with Tampa Bay, the New York Yankees, Seattle, Boston, the Los Angeles Dodgers and Toronto.

Pastornicky came into camp as the leader to win the shortstop job with Atlanta, but his slow start at the plate left him in an even battle with fellow rookie Andrelton Simmons heading into the final two weeks of spring training.

But Pastornicky has begun to warm up and the turnaround was shown by singles in his first four at-bats against the Marlins. He struck out in the 10th, but still lifted his average to .224.

That is higher than the slick-fielding Simmons, who has seen his average drop to .206.

After Green had driven in the tying run in the top of the ninth, Jordan Parraz doubled for Atlanta and came around to score on a passed ball.

Freddie Freeman had three hits for the Braves, including his first homer of the spring. The first baseman also had a double and he drove in three runs.

Brandon Beachy started for the Braves and worked five innings. He allowed nine hits, including a homer, and four runs while striking out five and walking one.