Marlins 6, Braves 5 (13 innings)
I'm not sure where to begin. What a game.
The Braves took an early 2-0 lead when Brian Jordan homered in the 2nd and when Marcus Giles hit an RBI double in the 3rd. Juan Encarnacion hit a solo homer in the 4th to make it 2-1, but Kelly Johnson answered with a 2 run homer in the 5th to make it 4-1. The Marlins added a run in the bottom of the 5th to make it 4-2.
Kyle Davies pitched better than he has been lately, although not efficiently. He went 5 innings and allowed 2 runs on 5 hits, walked 4, but struck out only 2. His K rates have gone down since his first few starts. He threw 103 pitches in his 5 innings of work.
The game was turned over to the bullpen in the 6th. Gryboski worked a scoreless 6th. Boyer and Foster combined for a scoreless 7th. Brower worked a scoreless 8th.
Chris Reitsma came on to pitch the 9th, going for his 7th save. He got the first man to ground out. Juan Pierre then hit an infield single that Marcus Giles couldn't quite flip to first in time. Luis Castillo then singled to right, and Pierre went to 3rd. Miguel Cabrera then hit what might have been a double down the left field line, but Pete Orr hit it with his glove and kept it on the infield, although he couldn't get anyone out. Pierre scored, and runners were on 1st and 2nd with 1 out for Carlos Delgado. The Braves play a shift to the right side against Delgado. Delgado hit a ground ball to where the shortstop used to be, it went off of Betemit's glove as he dove, and Castillo scored to tie the game. It is Reitsma's 2nd straight blown save. Reitsma then got the next 2 out with no more damage, and the game went to extra innings.
Dan Kolb came in for the 10th, and actually pitched very well-maybe his best outing of the year. He pitched a perfect 10th, and struck out 2 hitters, and nobody made good contact. He struggled a bit in the 11th, but got a key double play and a popout to get out of it.
Jorge Vasquez came on for the 12th. He allowed a hustle double to Paul Lo Duca. He then "balked" Lo Duca to 3rd (it was a bad call). With 0 outs, the infield and outfield had to play in. Encarnacion grounded out, and Lo Duca couldn't score. Alex Gonzalez hit a ground ball to Giles, and Lo Duca was thrown out at home. Vasquez got the next guy out for no damage.
Andruw Jones led off the top of the 13th with his MLB-leading 25th homer to put the Braves ahead. Andruw for MVP. The Braves then loaded the bases with 2 out, and the pitchers' spot was due up. With no position players left, and only Adam Bernero still in the bullpen, Vasquez "hit" for himself and struck out.
Castillo singled to lead off the bottom of the 13th. Vasquez then threw a 1st pitch right down the middle, and Cabrera hit a hard foul ball. Bobby decided he'd seen enough, and lifted Vasquez for Bernero with a 0-1 count and 0 outs. Cabrera then singled. Bernero (4-3) got Delgado and pinch-hitter Matt Treanor to fly out. Paul Lo Duca was the batter and the Marlins' last hope, with runners on 1st and 2nd with 2 outs. He singled up the middle on a 3-2 count and Castillo scored, barely beating Andruw's throw. Tie game. On the very next pitch, Encarnacion singled to right, and Cabrera tried to score on Ryan Langerhans' throw. Langerhans made a good throw, but Estrada didn't catch it and Cabrera slid around Estrada to end the game.
Offensive contributors: Rafael Furcal was 2-3 with a double, a walk, and scored twice before leaving with a knee injury in the 8th inning. The injury didn't appear to be serious.
Kelly Johnson was only 1-5, but hit a 2 run homer and also walked.
Marcus Giles was 2-5 with a double, a walk, and an RBI.
Andruw Jones was 2-5 with his 25th homer and a walk.
Brian Jordan was 2-3 with a homer and a double.
Washington won another 1 run ballgame, and the division lead is back up to 3.5 games. The Braves lead the Wild Card over the Cubs by 2 games.
The Braves will try to take 3 out of 4 as Roman Colon will start. He will face Josh Beckett, unless he decides his blister isn't healed enough yet. If that happens, then Scott Olsen will pitch for Florida.