- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 22, 2014

ATLANTA (AP) - Bolstered by extra rest following the All-Star break, Julio Teheran was strong in what he said was his best start of the season.

Even Teheran’s dominance wasn’t enough to bail out the Atlanta Braves’ bats.

Teheran matched his career high with 11 strikeouts while allowing only one run in seven innings, but rookie reliever Shae Simmons gave up Garrett Jones’ two-run single in the 10th inning as the Miami Marlins beat the Braves 3-1 on Monday night.

The Braves were held to six hits and stranded nine runners.

Christian Yelich led off the 10th with a single off Simmons (1-2) and moved to second on Jordany Valdespin’s sacrifice bunt. Following an intentional walk to Giancarlo Stanton, Simmons walked Casey McGehee to load the bases.

Jones broke a 1-1 tie with his grounder past Simmons into center field.

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said Simmons is experiencing “just a little bit of a learning curve” with losses in his last two appearances.

“You feel good when he’s out there, that he’s going to give you a good, solid inning,” Gonzalez said. “It just hasn’t happened the last couple times out.

“I think it’s also a young kid coming out of the bullpen in certain situations, you know? He’s got to get used to it. He’ll be fine.”

Bryan Morris (7-0) stranded two runners in a scoreless ninth to get the win. Steve Cishek pitched a perfect 10th inning, striking out Freddie Freeman and Justin Upton, for his 22nd save.

The Braves dropped a game behind first-place Washington in the NL East. The Nationals beat Colorado 7-2.

Braves closer Craig Kimbrel pitched out of a bases-loaded jam with no outs in the ninth.

Kimbrel walked McGehee to open the inning and he raced to third on Jones’ single to right. Kimbrel had two strikes on Marcell Ozuna before throwing four straight balls to load the bases.

Kimbrel struck out Saltalamacchia and Adeiny Hechavarria before pinch-hitter Donovan Solano lined out to second base to end the inning.

Teheran gave up one run - a homer to Jarrod Saltalamacchia - and three other hits in seven innings.

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