B. J. Upton has struggled all season, coming into tonight with a paltry .186 average. Tonight, his bat woke up a bit, as his four hits - including a walk-off single - helped the Braves secure a 5-4 victory over the Marlins at Turner Field.
Upton homered in the sixth inning to tie the game at three, in the 11th, he drove in Paul Janish with a single to right and two outs to give the Braves their 22nd last at-bat victory of the season.
Luis Ayala (1-1) got the win with a scoreless 11th inning. Mike Minor struggled, giving up four runs in seven innings, but the bullpen locked Miami down again with four scoreless innings.
Upton and Chris Johnson had eight of the team's 11 hits. However, the Braves also collected eight walks off Miami's pitchers, and left 15 men on base in the game.
Justin Upton returned to action after being hit with a pitch on Thursday. He pinch hit for Luis Avilan in the bottom of the 10th inning with a runner on second, but he grounded to third and failed to advance the runner. Me should be in the starting lineup tomorrow.
The win was the Braves' fifth in a row, and they will go for their sixth straight tomorrow afternoon. First pitch is at 5:00 PM, and Alex Wood will start for Atlanta against Nate Eovaldi.