It's certainly been a roller coaster for the Braves over the last seven games. Atlanta lost four straight, two at home then two away to the Boston Red Sox in four straight days. Then came their weekend trip to Miami and Atlanta was instantly able to right the ship, winning all three games against Marlins with the game being a 4-2 win on Sunday.
Atlanta spotted Miami a two-run lead in the bottom of the second inning when Marcell Ozuna hit his 10th home run of the season. It would end up being the only runs that Aaron Harang and the rest of the Braves would surrender this game.
The Braves were able to quickly fight back. In the next inning, Jason Heyward cut the lead in half when he singled to center field, allowing recent call-up Tommy La Stella to score. Atlanta tied the game on the next at-bat as BJ Upton beat out a potential double-play ball, forcing Miami to settle for a fielder's choice as Andrelton Simmons scored the tying run. Those were the 17th and 14th RBI's of the season for Heyward and Upton, respectively.
The game stayed tied a two apiece until the top of the ninth inning. Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman lead off the inning with a single to center field. Then came power-hitting Atlanta catcher Evan Gattis, who hit a 411-foot home run on a 2-0 count, hitting the home run sculpture in Marlins Park for good measure.
While that sculpture has come under some criticism for many reasons, El Oso Blanco seems to be one of the rare people who enjoys it. "The sculpture? I like it," Gattis said. "I like this park. It has been good to me." Gattis isn't joking about how good Miami has been to him in his early career.
Gattis is currently batting .333 with six home runs and 20 RBIs in the 18 career games he's played here. It was Gattis' 11th homer of the season and just the first given up this season by Marlins closer Steve Cishek.
Atlanta returns home for a quick two-game interleague series with the Seattle Mariners. The starters for Tuesday's opening game currently have Mike Minor facing off against Hisashi Iwakuma. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 pm EST.