- Associated Press - Sunday, April 17, 2016

MIAMI (AP) - The crowd at Marlins Park was larger than usual, and the home team gave the fans another comeback to cheer about.

They’re still waiting for a victory celebration, however. Miami remained winless at home, mounting a late rally before losing in 10 innings Sunday to the Atlanta Braves, 6-5.

Resurgent Atlanta completed a three-game sweep after losing its first nine games. The Marlins fell to 0-5 at home under their new manager, Don Mattingly.

“Obviously you’d like to play well at home,” Mattingly said. “We’ve had some good crowds, and people like to walk out of here feeling good. We just have to keep going.”

The latest defeat was oddly reminiscent of opening day, when the Marlins trailed 5-0 in the fifth, rallied to force extra innings and lost in 11 to the Tigers.

This time they trailed 5-0 in the sixth, but Ichiro Suzuki’s RBI single on an 0-2 pitch with two outs in the ninth tied the game. Atlanta rallied in the 10th against Edwin Jackson (0-1), Miami’s sixth pitcher.

“There’s no quit in this team,” Marlins left fielder Christian Yelich said. “You get behind like that, and you just have to chip away and chip away and keep battling.”

Rookie Mallex Smith’s RBI single with two outs in the 10th gave Atlanta the winning edge before a crowd of 24,780.

Matt Wisler, who had been scheduled to start the Braves’ next game Tuesday, was pressed into relief duty in the 10th and retired the Marlins 1-2-3 for his first career save.

The Braves arrived in Miami mired in their worst start since 1988, and staged a turnaround in a ballpark where they dominate. They’re 28-12 at Marlins Park since it opened in 2012.

A wild Jarred Cosart gave up four runs in the first before settling down to retire 12 in a row. He lasted 5 2/3 innings and walked six.

Cosart said his problem early was mental.

“I was a little off in my warmups, and I kind of took that out to the mound,” he said. “My delivery was really slow. I was able to figure it out, but it was a little too late.

“I got excited after I figured it out, because the ball got down in the zone and it had a lot more movement. My off-speed pitches were good and I just kind of cruised.”

Marlins starters remained winless with a 5.47 ERA.

In the sixth, Atlanta reliever Alexi Ogando hit struggling slugger Giancarlo Stanton with an 0-2 pitch with the bases loaded - Stanton’s first career RBI when hit by a pitch, according to STATS.

Stanton also struck out twice and has fanned 15 times in 39 at-bats. He’s batting .205.

Dee Gordon drove in two runs for Miami with a single and a groundout.


RHP Kyle Barraclough struck out the side in the seventh after the Marlins recalled him from Triple-A New Orleans before the game.

“He’s got power stuff, which is kind of what we have been missing a little bit,” Mattingly said.

RHP Dustin McGowan (0-1, 3.38) was designated for assignment. If he’s released, the Marlins will be responsible for remainder of his $1 million salary.


Braves: Begin an eight-game homestand Tuesday against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Marlins: Open a four-game series Monday at home against Washington, with RHP Jose Fernandez (0-1, 5.06) scheduled to start against RHP Tanner Roark (1-1, 2.45). Fernandez won his first 17 career home decisions, a major league record, before losing to the Tigers in the second game of the season.

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