Series: Game 1 of 2

Florida leads 1-0 (as of 4/13)

Game 1: Friday, April 13
Game 2: Saturday, April 14
Game 2: Sunday, April 15

Marlins 11

(6-4, 3-1 away)

Braves 4

(7-3, 4-3 home)

    7:35 PM ET, April 13, 2007

    Turner Field, Atlanta, Georgia 

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    W: D. Willis (3-0)

    L: M. Redman (0-2)

    Willis dominates, improves to 12-1 in April starts

    • Summary: Dontrelle Willis threw seven sterling innings to win his third game, and Hanley Ramirez laced two hits and scored three runs as the Marlins mauled the Braves 11-4.

    • Turning point: Miguel Olivo hit a 2-run, bases-loaded single off Mark Redman in a 5-run first inning and Cody Ross added a 2-run double.

    Dontrelle Willis

    Goat: Redman's ERA skyrocketed to 12.96 as he gave up 12 runs in 8 1-3 innings.

    • Figure this: Willis's .923 winning percentage in April is the second-best career percentage in that month to the 13-1, .929 of Babe Ruth.

    • Quotable: "It's one of those weird things in baseball. I wish I could pitch like I do in April for six months." -- Dontrelle Willis.

    -- news services

    Marlins 11, Braves 4

    ATLANTA (AP) -- Dontrelle Willis pitched seven innings for another sharp April start and the Florida Marlins beat the Atlanta Braves 11-4 Friday night.

    It was also the first game and win for Florida manager Fredi Gonzalez against the Braves, where he was the third-base coach the previous four seasons.

    Willis (3-0) is 12-1 with a .923 winning percentage in April. That's the second-best career percentage in April to the 13-1, .929 of Babe Ruth, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

    Willis' only loss in 18 April starts was last season, a 3-1 setback at Chicago. The 25-year-old will try to match Ruth's record next week -- probably Wednesday -- at the New York Mets.

    Hanley Ramirez had two hits and scored three runs for the Marlins, who had lost two straight. Cody Ross, Dan Uggla, Miguel Olivo and Joe Borchard drove in two runs apiece.

    Willis allowed three earned runs and eight hits. He struck out five and walked one over 107 pitches.

    Florida jumped on Atlanta starter Mark Redman (0-2) for five runs in the first inning. Olivo drove in two with a bases-loaded single. Ross followed with a two-run double and scored on a sacrifice fly from Aaron Boone.

    The Marlins added two more in the third on Borchard's two-run single, ending the night for Redman, who allowed six hits and seven earned runs in 2 2-3 innings.

    Chipper Jones hit a two-run homer off Willis in the third as Atlanta lost its second in a row. Andruw Jones scored on Willis' balk in the sixth.

    Atlanta's Chad Paronto left with a strained muscle in the seventh inning, limping off the mound after throwing a third strike past Ross.

    The Marlins added two unearned runs in the eighth when right-fielder Jeff Francoeur dropped Borchard's fly ball. Miguel Cabrera had a RBI single and Josh Willingham added a run-scoring groundout.

    Game notes

    Redman's ERA soared from 7.94 to 12.96 in two starts. He has allowed 12 runs in 8 1-3 innings. In his first start, an 11-1 loss to the Mets, Redman pitched 5 2-3 innings, giving up nine hits and five earned runs. ... Willis improved to 5-4 against the Braves, beating them for the third consecutive time and has a career 61-39 record. ... Matt Diaz, who started in left field for Atlanta, moved to first base in the eighth, his first time ever at that position.

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