ATLANTA — To get back in the National League East race, the Miami Marlins have to play better on the road and within the division.
Despite a late scare by the Atlanta Braves, the Marlins are going just that at Turner Field.
Second baseman Donovan Solano had a career-best four hits, Jacob Turner was successful in his return to the rotation and the Marlins held on for a 6-5 victory Tuesday night.
Solano, who came in batting just .234, had three singles and a double in a 4-for-4 game, and also drew a walk as the Marlins (47-52) assured themselves of at least a split of the four-game series.
The Braves (54-46) scored three times in the eighth inning, but Marlins closer Steve Cishek, benefitting from a caught stealing, pitched a scoreless ninth for his 23rd save in 26 opportunities.
Third baseman Chris Johnson led off the inning with a single, but pinch runner Jordan Schafer was thrown out by catcher Jeff Mathis after being successful on 15 of his previous 16 attempts.
Turner, vanished to the bullpen in early June, allowed four hits and two runs in five innings. The right-hander struck out out four and walking two while improving to 3-6.
Braves starter Mike Minor, meanwhile, was battered early and often as his record fell to 3-6.
Left fielder Christian Yelich had two hits and a walk, scoring three times from his leadoff spot, while right fielder Giancarlo Stanton had a single, double and RBI for the Marlins.
The Braves, though, made it close in the eighth as second baseman Tommy La Stella had an RBI single off Mike Dunn and right fielder Jason Heyward drove in two runs against Bryan Morris with his second hit of the game.
Minor, who missed the first month of the season coming back from shoulder tendonitis, failed to get an out in the fourth inning as his ERA jumped to 5.32 with his shortest outing of the year. The left-hander gave up 10 hits and two walks, and was charged with six runs.
Each team scored a first-inning run, with double plays keeping the damage from being worse. The Marlins opened the game with three straight singles, and the Braves had two hits and two walks in their half against Turner.
Minor again started poorly in the third and the Marlins made him pay this time to take a 4-1 lead. Stanton doubled after a walk and single, and Miami ended up with three runs in the inning thanks to four hits and a walk.
The Braves got a run back in the bottom of the third on Justin Upton’s 18th homer of the season, but Turner hit a double leading off the fourth inning and Minor was gone two batters later after Yelich singled and Solano doubled for this third hit of the game.
Notes: RHP Ervin Santana (8-6, 4.03 ERA) will start for the Braves against Marlins RHP Nathan Eovaldi (5-5, 4.08 ERA) in the third game of the four-game series Wednesday night. Eovaldi has given up just four runs in 21 innings over three starts against Atlanta this season and has a 1.86 ERA versus the Braves in his career. … RHP Julio Teheran, who matched his career high by fanning 11 over seven innings against the Marlins on Monday, is the first Braves pitcher since 1914 to have five games with double-figure strikeouts before his 24th birthday. … 1B Garrett Jones was out of the lineup against LHP Mike Minor despite delivering a two-run single in the 10th inning Monday to give the Marlins a 3-1 victory in the series opener. He is batting .324 (11-for-34) with a double, two homers and six RBIs in nine games against the Braves this season.