Heyward, Upton lead Braves in tie with Marlins; Braves also lose to Nationals

Associated PressMarch 8, 2014 

Jason Heyward went 3 for 3, Justin Upton drove in three runs with a single and a double, and an Atlanta Braves split squad tied the Miami Marlins 6-6 on Saturday in a game stopped after nine innings at Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

The rest of the Braves were in Viera, Fla., where Ryan Zimmerman and Adam LaRoche homered to lead the Washington Nationals over the Braves 8-2.

Heyward, who hit his second homer of the spring Friday against Boston, has hits in five straight at-bats, raising his average to .348.

"I'm taking it day to day, but it's going good," the right fielder said. "You want to get your swing as soon as possible."

Upton came into the game batting just .167, but drove in Heyward with a first-inning double and plated him again on a two-run single in the fourth.

"My timing and swing were good," said the left fielder, who also hit the ball hard in his other at-bat. "It was something to definitely build on."

Starting time

Braves: Freddy Garcia, who had retired 15 straight batters in his first two starts for the Braves, allowed six runs on six hits and four walks before being pulled after 2 2-3 innings.

Reed Johnson ended Garcia's perfect streak at 16 batters with a one-out single in the first inning and the 37-year-old right-hander, re-signed by the Braves to a minor league contract, struggled throughout.

Garcia allowed four hits in the second inning and four walks in the third, when Brantley delivered his bases-loaded double.

Of his 71 pitches, only 35 were strikes.

Marlins: Jacob Turner, penciled in as the Marlins' fourth starter, allowed seven hits and two runs over 2 1-3 innings in his second spring start.

The two runs off the right-hander came in the first, when the Braves had four hits. Turner, who threw 54 pitches, walked one and didn't have a strikeout.

Trainers room

Center fielder B.J. Upton was a late scratch from the Braves lineup because of illness and Jose Constanza was 3 for 5 in his place. Upton, trying to bounce back after hitting .184 in his first season with the Braves, is 4 for 20 with eight strikeouts this spring.

Braves backup catcher Gerald Laird played in his second straight game after missing a week after suffering back spasms.

He caught five innings against Boston on Friday and then served as the designated hitter Saturday, going 0 for 3 with a walk.

In Viera

Andrelton Simmons had two hits for Atlanta.

David Hale didn't feel like he had his usual zip on the ball, but attributed that to it being only his second spring training start. He went two innings, allowing two runs on four hits with one strikeout.

"I've just got to improve on my pitches, improve on my command, just do the best I can and leave all the decisions for everybody else," Hale said when asked what he hopes to accomplish this spring.

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez seemed pleased with the way Hale got through the day without his best stuff, and despite a couple of defensive plays that weren't made.

"Sometimes, you've got to watch them go through adversity to see how they handle it, and I thought he did fine," Gonzalez said.

Braves 6, Marlins 6

Miami Atlanta

ab r h bi ab r h bi

D.Solano 2b 3 0 1 1 Heyward rf 3 2 3 0

A.Nola 2b 1 0 0 0 M.Jones ph-lf 2 0 1 0

Re.Johnson rf 3 0 1 0 Constanza cf 5 1 3 0

Benson rf 2 0 1 0 J.Upton lf 3 1 2 3

Ozuna cf 1 1 0 0 Terdoslavich ph-rf 2 0 1 1

B.Keys cf 2 0 0 0 Doumit c 3 0 2 1

Je.Baker 1b 2 1 0 0 Bethancourt c 2 1 1 0

M.Canha ph-1b 2 0 0 0 G.Laird dh 3 0 0 0

McGehee 3b 3 1 1 1 J.Elander ph-dh 1 0 1 0

Dietrich 3b 1 0 1 0 E.Mejia 1b 5 0 1 0

Wigginton dh 3 0 0 0 La Stella 2b 5 0 2 1

Moran ph-dh 1 0 0 0 R.Pena ss 4 0 0 0

Bogusevic lf 4 1 0 1 Greene ss 1 0 0 0

Angle lf 1 0 0 0 Gosselin 3b 4 1 1 0

Lucas ss 2 2 2 0

Ju.Diaz ss 2 0 1 0

Brantly c 3 0 2 3

A.Barnes c 0 0 0 0

Totals 36 6 10 6 Totals 43 6 18 6

Miami 024 000 000--6

Atlanta (ss) 200 200 110--6

E--Olmos (1), Ja.Turner (1), Gosselin (1). DP--Atlanta 1. LOB--Miami 15, Atlanta 11. 2B--Brantly (1), Constanza (2), J.Upton (1). HR--McGehee (1). SB--Ozuna (1). S--A.Nola.

IP H R ER BB SO

Miami

Ja.Turner 21/3 7 2 2 1 0

Heaney 22/3 3 2 2 0 1

H.Rodriguez 1 1 0 0 0 3

R.Varner 1 2 1 1 0 0

Olmos BS,1-1 1 3 1 1 0 0

N.Wittgren 1 2 0 0 0 1

Atlanta

F.Garcia 22/3 6 6 6 4 2

G.Schlosser 21/3 1 0 0 4 4

Walden 1 0 0 0 0 1

H.Rodriguez 1 1 0 0 1 0

S.Simmons 1 1 0 0 0 1

W.Obispo 1 1 0 0 1 0

HBP--by G.Schlosser (Re.Johnson). Balk--H.Rodriguez.

Umpires--Home, Angel Campos; First, Joe West; Second, Larry Vanover; Third, Marty Foster.

T--3:33. A--5,708 (9,500).

Nationals 8, Braves 2

Atlanta Washington

ab r h bi ab r h bi

J.Schafer rf 4 0 1 0 Span cf 3 1 2 1

Boggs rf 1 0 0 0 Goodwin cf 2 0 0 0

Simmons ss 4 1 2 0 Desmond ss 3 0 0 0

M.Hamilton 1b 1 0 0 0 S.Perez ss 1 0 0 0

F.Freeman 1b 3 0 1 0 Harper lf 3 1 1 1

Kazmar ss 0 0 0 0 I.Ballou lf 1 0 0 0

Gattis dh 4 0 1 1 Zimmerman 3b 3 1 2 2

C.Johnson 3b 2 0 0 0 Z.Walters 3b 1 0 0 0

E.Salcedo 3b 2 0 0 0 Ad.LaRoche 1b 3 1 1 1

Uggla 2b 3 0 0 0 M.Skole 1b 1 0 0 0

J.Peraza 2b 1 0 1 0 Espinosa 2b 2 2 1 0

Cunningham lf 4 0 0 0 Kobernus 2b 1 1 1 0

M.Lipka cf 4 1 2 0 Lobaton c 3 0 0 0

Yepez c 2 0 2 1 K.Hill c 1 1 1 0

B.Schlehuber c 1 0 0 0 E.Perez rf 3 0 0 0

D.Vettleson rf 1 0 0 0

C.Snyder dh 2 0 0 1

Totals 36 2 10 2 Totals 34 8 9 6

Atlanta (ss) 100 100 000--2

Washington (ss) 110 130 02x--8

E--E.Salcedo 2 (2), Simmons (1). DP--Washington 1. LOB--Atlanta 9, Washington 5. 2B--J.Peraza (1), Span (1), Espinosa (1). HR--Zimmerman (1), Ad.LaRoche (2). SB--M.Lipka (2), Espinosa (1). SF--C.Snyder.

IP H R ER BB SO

Atlanta

Hale 2 4 2 2 1 1

R.Buchter 1 0 0 0 0 1

J.Jaime L,0-1 1 0 1 0 1 1

Maya 1 3 3 3 0 0

Gearrin 1 0 0 0 0 1

I.Thomas 11/3 0 0 0 0 3

L.Batista 2/3 2 2 0 0 0

Washington

Detwiler 2 6 1 1 0 1

Jordan W,1-0 3 3 1 1 0 6

Clippard 1 0 0 0 1 1

X.Cedeno 1 0 0 0 0 1

Roenicke 1 1 0 0 0 1

Delcarmen 1 0 0 0 0 2

HBP--by Detwiler (F.Freeman). WP--J.Jaime.

Umpires--Home, Ed Hickox; First, Gary Cederstrom; Second, Paul Nauert; Third, Hunter Wendelstedt.

T--2:56. A--5,266 (7,200).

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