Pavano gave up three runs and nine hits in seven innings,
helping the Marlins stop a three-game losing streak with a
4-3 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday night.Pavano won his fourth consecutive start and fifth in six
outings. All of the victories have followed team losses."I don't try to go out there saying I have to stop a losing
streak," Pavano said. "I want to put us in a position to win
whether we've lost 20 in a row or won 30 in a row."Pavano (8-2) has gone at least seven innings in 11 straight
starts and has allowed three or fewer runs in nine of them."He's kept us in it all year," said manager Jack McKeon, whose
club is just 23-25 after a 15-7 start. "That's the kind of game
you hope turns things around."The Marlins moved a game ahead of Philadelphia, which lost to
Montreal, in the NL East.The Braves have lost five of six and nine of 13.Florida had just two hits and trailed 3-0 after five innings,
but Miguel Cabrera got the rally started with an RBI double in the
sixth.Jeff Conine and Alex Gonzalez opened the seventh with
consecutive singles off Jaret Wright and advanced on a wild pitch.Wright gave way to the bullpen after striking out Mike Redmond,
and the relievers couldn't hold the 3-1 lead.Kevin Gryboski (1-1) loaded the bases with a walk to Harris, and
Chris Reitsma allowed all three inherited runners to score -- he had
not allowed any to cross the plate previously this season.Juan Pierre walked, and Luis Castillo followed with a
run-scoring fielder's choice. Castillo barely beat what could have
been an inning-ending double play.Lenny Harris then scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch."It slipped out of my hands a little bit, and I pulled it pretty
bad," Reitsma said. "I was trying to make it a little too good
for the situation."After shaking up his batting order Sunday -- dropping Pierre to
seventh and moving Conine to second -- McKeon returned it to normal.
Still, the Marlins struggled to score. They have scored just 19
runs in their last seven games.McKeon told the players to stay away from the ballpark during
the off day Monday, and they held a hitters meeting before the
game hoping to turn things around."We haven't been getting any breaks, so this was a big day for
this ballclub," Harris said.The World Series champions beat Atlanta for just the second time
in seven games this season.Johnny Estrada had four hits and three RBI for the Braves. He had a two-run single in the first and an RBI double in the sixth. He nearly had another RBI in the third, but Cabrera threw out J.D. Drew at the plate from right.Estrada improved his major league-leading average with runners
in scoring position to .491 (26-for-53). He also doubled with one
out in the seventh, but the Braves couldn't get the tying run home
against reliever Josias Manzanillo.Armando Benitez pitched the ninth for his 25th save in 27
chances.The Braves are now in jeopardy of losing their fifth straight
series."We're in a bad rut right now," Estrada said. "We got a good
pitching performance from Jaret and got enough offensively to
probably win that game. That's just the way it's been going for us.
We're finding ways to lose. Bad things happen on top of bad things.
We just can't stop the bleeding."
Braves 2B Nick Green snapped an 0-for-11 skid with a single in the first. ... Wright allowed a run and six hits in 6 1/3 innings. He also had a season-high nine strikeouts. ... Andruw Jones returned to lineup and went 0-for-4.