(MIAMI) — Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman belted a two-run home run as Atlanta (88-58) reeled in the Miami Marlins (54-91) Thursday afternoon, 6-1.
Celebrating his 24th birthday, Freeman finished the game 3 for 4 with a run and two RBIs. Third baseman Chris Johnson also had three hits, including a two-run double in the third. His average is now .330 on the season.
Needing a spot starter, the Braves called upon 36-year-old right hander Freddy Garcia and he delivered, allowing one run and five hits over six innings of work, earning his second National League victory since 2007.
The announced crowd of 15,274 at Marlins ballpark was the smallest since July 1st. Miami ranks last in the NL in attendance.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
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