With Mike Jacobs nursing a sore ankle, Helms got the start at
first base and hit a pair of home runs, including a two-run shot to
tie the game in the eighth, and help the Marlins beat the Atlanta
Braves 6-5 in 10 innings on Wednesday night.
"I needed to go in there and pick up for (Jacobs)," said
Helms. "That's my job. It worked out good for me tonight."
Helms, who began his major league career with Atlanta in 1998,
had his fourth two-homer game and his first since June of 2003. He
also drove in a run with a single.
"A great night by Wes," said Marlins manager Joe Girardi.
"He's gotten a lot of big hits for us this year."
Helms was on deck when the Marlins scored the winning run in the
10th inning on reliever Mike Remlinger's throwing error.
With runners on first and second and no outs, Remlinger fielded
Jeremy Hermida s bunt and tried to get the lead runner at third.
His throw went past third baseman Chipper Jones, allowing
pinch-runner Reggie Abercrombie to score easily.
Miguel Cabrera led off the 10th inning with a double off Oscar
Villareal (7-1) before being replaced by Abercrombie. Villareal
then hit Cody Ross in the face after Ross had squared to bunt and
Remlinger came in.
"It's June and we're starting to win close games, we're
starting to come back and we're starting to put away teams when
we're ahead," Helms said. "The difference in this team now is we
feel we can win every game. We're putting together a pretty good
Since starting the season 11-31, the Marlins have gone 14-6, the
second-best record in the majors.
"I said we had the talent but not the experience," Girardi
said. "The talent is starting to show up now."
Taylor Tankersley (1-0) pitched a scoreless 10th inning for his
first major league victory.
"I was fortunate to get Andruw and Francoeur," Borowski said.
"It was breathtaking, my heart was pounding. We're in the bullpen
in the eighth and we're not expecting anything like this to
Atlanta starter John Thomson gave up two runs and four hits in
six innings. Thomson, who had a 10.27 ERA in his previous five
starts, left after developing a blister on his right middle finger.
Thomson said the blister began appearing in the fifth inning and
burst after he threw one warmup pitch before the seventh.
"I've had those before in the past, it s something that's not
new," Thomson said. "It's frustrating because I haven't had one
in six years."
Thomson said his blister problems in the past usually have
forced him to miss a start.
Florida starter Dontrelle Willis allowed five runs and nine hits
in seven innings, failing in his bid to become Florida's all-time
winningest pitcher. He remains tied with A.J. Burnett with 49
Francoeur singled home the first run of the game in the first
inning. After flying out to the wall in his next at-bat, Francoeur
gave the Braves a 5-2 lead when he sent a Willis pitch 377 feet
over the left-field wall.
The Braves scored a run in the third on Giles homer and one in
the fourth on a wild pitch by Willis.
Helms first homer of the game made it 3-2 in the fourth.
After going 0-for-4, Florida leadoff hitter Hanley Ramirez
is hitless in his last 15 at-bats. ... Marlins 2B Dan Uggla, who
came into the game hitting .419 against the Braves, had his hitting
streak snapped at seven games after he went 0-for-5. ... Braves LF
Manny Diaz went 3-for-4 and is now 15-for-21 this season against