MIAMI -- The Atlanta Braves snapped a sixth-inning tie with an unearned run and later added a solo homer by Justin Upton to defeat the Miami Marlins 6-4 Tuesday night at Marlins Park.
Upton went 3-for-5 with two doubles and a 424-foot solo homer to left-center in the seventh. He scored three runs and drove in two. Upton, who has 16 homers this season, has five hits and five RBIs in the two games against the Marlins the past two nights.
The winning run was scored by his brother, B.J. Upton, who singled, advanced to second on a long flyout and came home when Marlins starter Henderson Alvarez (0-1) threw wildly past first base on a bunt by counterpart Julio Teheran (7-4).
Teheran allowed four runs (one earned) in 7 innings. Jordan Walden finished the eighth inning flawlessly, and Craig Kimbrel earned his 24th save of the season.
The first-place Braves improved to 3-2 on their road trip, which ends with a day game against the Marlins today. It was the fifth loss in a row by the last-place Marlins.
The Braves opened the scoring with B.J. Upton's second-inning sacrifice fly.
In the bottom of the inning, the Marlins rallied when Rob Brantly pulled a two-out, three-run homer down the line in right field. All three runs were unearned because of an error by Braves third baseman Chris Johnson. The damage would have been worse if not for Teheran picking off Logan Morrison at second base prior to Brantly's blast, which was his first of the year.
The Braves tied the score 3-3 with two runs in the third. A single by Jason Heyward, a run-scoring double by Justin Upton, a wild pitch by Alvarez and a sacrifice fly by Brian McCann did the damage.
The Marlins regained the lead, 4-3, by scoring one run in the bottom of the third. Ed Lucas hit a one-out single, advanced on a walk to Giancarlo Stanton and scored on a Morrison single.
The Braves tied the score, 4-4, when McCann's fifth-inning single drove in Justin Upton, who had doubled.
Notes: The Marlins recalled LHP Duane Below from Triple-A New Orleans in time for Tuesday's game. He took the roster spot of RHP Chris Hatcher, who lost Monday's game in relief and was demoted to the minors. ... Monday's loss meant Miami fell to 0-13 when the roof has been open at Marlins Park. It was also the Braves' 26th come-from-behind win, tops in the league. ... Kimbrel, an All-Star for the third straight year, is the first pitcher in franchise history to record at least 20 saves in three straight years. ... The Braves are only the third team in history to lead a division at the 75-game mark despite being shut out 10 or more times.