Marlins pummel Harang to beat Braves 9-3

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MIAMI (AP) - Even the major-league ERA leader can make mistakes, and when he did, the Miami Marlins were ready.

Miami scored nine runs off Aaron Harang, including homers by Marcell Ozuna and Christian Yelich, to drub the Atlanta Braves for the second night in a row Wednesday, 9-3.

Harang (3-2) gave up 10 hits in 4 2-3 innings, and his ERA rose from a major-league low 0.85 to 2.97. The Marlins tied a season high with 15 hits, including seven for extra bases.

“They were all hitting like Ted Williams tonight,” Harang said.

Miami scored only one run against the veteran right-hander in a loss a week earlier in Atlanta.

“When he did give us a pitch to do something with, we did a much better job of not missing it tonight,” said Casey McGehee, who had three hits. “Against him in Atlanta, a lot of the pitches we had to hit we fouled off or missed or took. Tonight we took advantage of our opportunities.”

Ozuna hit a three-run homer, and Yelich added his first home run of the year. The homers were the first allowed by Harang this year.

“Seven days ago to now, it’s a totally different team,” Harang said. “I had them totally baffled at home. They were comfortable today.”

Adeiny Hechavarria legged out a double and a triple for the last-place Marlins, who have outscored the NL East leaders 18-3 in the first two games of their series.

The Marlins will sweep a series from Atlanta for the first time since 2009 if they can beat Ervin Santana on Thursday.

Miami’s 9-0 lead after five innings was a rare luxury for Eovaldi (2-1), who has the lowest career run support among active major-league starters. He allowed only three hits and one run in seven innings to lower his ERA to 2.58.

“You try to get the guys back in the dugout as fast as possible and let them keep hitting,” Eovaldi said. “I just attack and stay on them. When we have a big lead, don’t be afraid to give up a run or two. Keep pounding the strike zone.”

The Marlins are batting .215 on the road, where they’re 2-10. But they’re batting .307 in their spacious 2-year-old ballpark, where they’re 11-4 to lead the majors in home victories.

“I love it. Keep it coming,” manager Mike Redmond said. “Maybe we’re starting to see a little change here at home where we’re starting to get comfortable in this ballpark. They’re starting to hit to this ballpark. It’s not about swinging for the fences, because you can’t play like that here.”

The Braves totaled six hits, including Justin Upton’s eighth homer. They’ve totaled five hits in the past two games against Eovaldi and Jose Fernandez.

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