- Associated Press - Saturday, August 30, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) - With Miami’s playoff hopes getting slimmer, Tom Koehler was frustrated that he didn’t pitch well enough to beat the Atlanta Braves.

Koehler earned no decision as Miami’s bullpen struggled in Atlanta’s three-run seventh inning and the Marlins lost 5-2 on Friday night.

“I put this game on me,” Koehler said. “The team did a great job, played solid defense behind me all day. To kind of just give up two runs right there and put us back in a hole, that’s unacceptable.”

In six career starts and three relief appearances against the Braves, Koehler is 0-2 with a respectable 3.15 ERA, but that’s not enough to satisfy him.

Justin Upton homered and had three RBIs for the Braves, and Jason Heyward drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning.

The Braves, winners of three straight and 10 of 14, began the night 1 1/2 games back in the wild-card standings, but are just 19-21 since the All-Star break. Miami trails Atlanta by five games.

Andrelton Simmons led off the seventh against Chris Hatcher (0-2) with a bunt single and advanced to third on pinch-hitter Ramiro Pena’s single.

Simmons scored on Heyward’s RBI single off Mike Dunn to give the Braves a 3-2 lead. Upton’s RBI single off Sam Dyson drove in Heyward from second and Emilio Bonifacio also scored to make it 5-2 when center fielder Marcell Ozuna misplayed the ball.

“We’ve got to play defense,” Miami manager Mike Redmond said. “We’ve got to make plays. We had a couple opportunities to make some plays and didn’t and that cost us.”

Jordany Valdespin tied it at 2-all in the Miami seventh with a pinch-hit homer, the seventh of his career, off reliever David Carpenter (5-3).

Braves starter Ervin Santana allowed one run, five hits, four walks and struck out seven in six innings.

Koehler walked Freddie Freeman to begin the sixth and gave up Upton’s 26th homer, a long shot deep into the seats in left-center, for a 2-1 Atlanta lead.

“There’s only so many fastballs Justin’s going to miss,” Koehler said. “Unfortunately, that wasn’t one of them. Every mistake right now is going to be magnified, because we’re playing for something.”

Koehler gave up two runs and four hits with three walks and six strikeouts in six innings.

The Marlins have dropped three straight and five of six.

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