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Jones' 10th-inning, bases-loaded single lifts Marlins over Braves, 3-1

ATLANTA -- Bases loaded in the ninth of a 1-1 game and the Marlins couldn't score. They weren't about to let it happen twice.

In the 10th with the bags packed again, this time with one out instead of none as was the case an inning earlier against Craig Kimbrel, the Marlins got a two-run single from Garrett Jones. That propelled them to a series-opening, 3-1 win against the Braves at Turner Field Monday.

The Marlins, who improved to 6-9 in extra-inning games, got their first set of back-to-back victories since July 5-6.

Right-hander Shae Simmons took the loss after giving up almost as many hits to left-handed hitters as he'd allowed (three) in 39 at-bats entering the game. Christian Yelich led off with a single and scored the go-ahead run.

Starters Tom Koehler and Julio Teheran both pitched well enough to win, but neither factored into the decision despite allowing a run each on 6 2/3 and seven innings, respectively. Teheran matched his career-high with 11 strikeouts for the third time. Among his few mistakes: a first-pitch changeup Jarrod Saltalamacchia tagged for a game-tying solo homer in the fifth.

The Marlins did not get their first baserunner until Yelich drew a walk to start the fourth. It appeared Jordany Valdespin followed with his team's first hit when he lined a ball back up the middle just to the left of the bag.

Moving in that direction to cover, shortstop Andrelton Simmons stopped, changed directions, snared the ball and dove at the base to retire Yelich.

Teheran would retire four more before Saltalamacchia ended his no-hit and shutout bid with one swing at an 81-mph changeup. Saltalamacchia's 10th landed in the right-field bleachers and was the third Teheran has allowed in as many starts this season against the Marlins. Jones (April 21) and Giancarlo Stanton (May 30) got him at Marlins Park.

Homers have accounted for all four runs the Marlins have scored in 21 1/3 innings off Teheran. Over that span he's walked three and struck out 24.

Teheran, who in seven career starts against the Marlins is 4-0 with a 2.31 ERA, needed just 35 pitches to strike out five batters through three perfect innings. Nine of his 11 strikeouts were against the last four batters in the Marlins' order.

Casey McGehee, who walked to load the bases in the 10th, and Marcell Ozuna singled to put men at first and second with one out in the seventh. Teheran capped his outing with strikeouts of Saltalamacchia and Hechavarria, making the Marlins 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position off him.

Koehler was equally good. Justin Upton, Jason Heyward and Evan Gattis accounted for the five hits (all singles) Koehler surrendered. None came during the Braves' six chances with runners in scoring position off Koehler, who held the top third of the order hitless in 10 at-bats.

All but seven of 28 batters Koehler faced saw a first-pitch strike. He fell behind 2-0 twice all game and filled up the zone with his fastball-slider-curve combo, throwing 70.8 percent of 89 pitches for strikes.

Though Koehler is winless in eight career appearances (five starts), he can boast three quality starts with a 2.70 ERA in as many outings against the Braves this season.

The offense has been unable to reward the starters for going six or more innings and allowing three earned or fewer of late. Of the Marlins' last 10 quality starts dating back to June 26, the starter has logged a win in three of those games.

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