ATLANTA (AP) -- The Florida Marlins scored four runs off Tim
Hudson during a strange fifth inning and went on to beat the
Atlanta Braves 6 to 4 tonight.
Florida's Wes Obermueller (2-3) started on three day's rest for
the first time in his career and hung around long enough for the
win. He gave up eight hits and three runs in five innings.
The Braves and Marlins play a doubleheader tomorrow to continue
a four-game series.
Florida trailed 3-to-2 after rookie Yunel Escobar drove an
opposite-field shot to right for his first career homer. It was one
of four hits on the night for the youngster called up to help fill
in at third base for the injured Chipper Jones.
But Florida sent eight hitters to the plate against Hudson (6-4)
in the fifth. They also benefited from a couple of walks, an error
by left fielder Willie Harris and a strikeout that didn't result in
After Miguel Cabrera put the Marlins ahead 4-3 with a sacrifice
fly, Hudson appeared to be out of the inning when Jeremy Hermida
swung at a low, inside pitch for strike three with runners at first
and second. The ball skidded in the dirt, however, getting between
the legs of catcher Brian McCann. Hermida hustled to first before
McCann could retrieve the wild pitch, loading the bases and
extending the inning.
Kevin Gregg gave up a solo homer to Edger Renteria with two outs
in the ninth, but got McCann to fly out for his eighth save in as
The Braves dropped four games behind the idle New York Mets in
the National League East.