- Associated Press - Sunday, September 27, 2015

MIAMI (AP) - Julio Teheran didn’t make many mistakes against the Marlins, but one proved particularly costly.

Teheran allowed a two-run homer to Justin Bour in the first inning for his only runs allowed over six innings, and the Atlanta Braves lost 6-2 to the Miami Marlins Saturday night.

“He pitched good except for that home-run pitch to Bour,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said. “Other than that, he battled and gave us an opportunity (to win). Julio did his job, he really did.”

Teheran (10-8) yielded six hits, walked four and struck out three.

Justin Nicolino (4-4) pitched seven solid innings for the Marlins.

Nicolino allowed just two hits and a run in helping Miami beat the Braves for a sixth straight time, its longest winning streak against Atlanta since winning five in a row in 1997.

“Tremendous job by Nico to pitch efficiently, and he established his fastball early,” Marlins manager Dan Jennings said. “…He’s not a strikeout pitcher, but what he can do is he hits his location and he shares the ball. I think it’s just a tremendous effort by that young man to give us seven strong like he did.”

Dee Gordon went 1 for 4 for the Marlins to maintain a batting average of .332, which trails NL leader Bryce Harper’s .339 clip after the Nationals star went 3 for 5 earlier in the day.

A day after the teams played a 12-11 slugfest with 36 combined hits that was won by the Marlins, Nicolino and Teheran were much stingier. Miami outhit Atlanta 9-5 in this one.

The roof was open at Marlins Park for the first time since May 20 against Arizona and for the fifth time overall this season. It was 84 degrees at the time of the first pitch.

The Braves trailed just 2-1 when they threatened in the top of the eighth.

Atlanta loaded the bases in the eighth, but Bryan Morris relieved and struck out Adonis Garcia to get out of the jam.

“No out bigger than what B-Mo got,” Jennings said. “That was a momentum-stopper.”

In the bottom of the eighth, the Marlins scored four runs to push their lead to 6-1. Miguel Rojas drew a bases-loaded walk, pinch-hitter Casey McGehee hit a two-run single to left and Gordon hit a sacrifice fly.

“We can’t walk people because sooner or later somebody’s going to put the ball in play and put a crooked number up, and that’s what they did,” Gonzalez said.

Bour’s home run, a drive to right field, was his 21st of the season and fifth in his past 10 games.

“I made one mistake in the game,” Teheran said. “I tried to go up and in on him. … He just kind of waited for it. That’s just part of the game. You’ve just got to let it go and concentrate on the next hitter, and that’s what I was able to do.”


Braves: C A.J. Pierzynski (right shoulder) was held out of Saturday’s game after taking a foul ball off of his right shoulder Friday and exiting in the fifth inning. Pierzynski is expected to be back in the lineup on Sunday. … C Christian Bethancourt (left thumb) missed his fifth consecutive game and remains day to day.


Braves: RHP Shelby Miller (5-16, 3.00 ERA) will take the mound in Sunday’s series finale, looking to end a 23-start winless stretch. Miller is 2-2 with a 1.16 ERA in five starts against the Marlins this season.

Marlins: RHP Tom Koehler (10-14, 3.94) will pitch the Marlins’ home finale on Sunday. The Marlins are 39-40 at home.

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