Braves late rally comes up short, playoff hopes all but dashed

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Wednesday Sept. 30, 2009

ATLANTA (AP) -- Ricky Nolasco struck out nine straight Atlanta Braves and finished with 16 strikeouts -- the most by a major league pitcher in more than two years -- and the Florida Marlins held on for a 5-4 victory Wednesday night.

Trying to make a late push for the NL wild card, the Braves rallied for two runs in the ninth inning and loaded the bases with two outs. But the game ended when Matt Diaz was thrown out trying to scamper back to third following a pitch in the dirt.

Atlanta, which began the night three games behind Colorado for the wild card, has lost two straight with four games remaining.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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