Cabrera hits sac fly, lifts Marlins over Braves in four-run fifth

Unsung heroes: Reggie Abercrombie scored off Dan Uggla's fifth inning single to tie the game at 3. Aaron Boone lined a two-out, two-run single to left that gave the Marlins some breathing room.

Goat: Hudson, who gave up seven hits and five earned runs, matched his second-shortest start of the season. He had one other stint lasting six innings, while his shortest was 4 2/3 at Boston on May 20.

Did you see that? Jeremy Hermida swung at a low, inside pitch for strike three with runners at first and second. The ball rolled between the legs of catcher Brian McCann and Hermida hustled to first before McCann could retrieve the pitch.

Quotable: "It was a gutty performance. He
got us five innings. That was outstanding." -- Marlins manager Fredi Gonzalez on Wes Obermueller, who started with only three days rest.

-- ESPN.com news services

Marlins 6, Braves 4

ATLANTA (AP) -- A strikeout worked out just fine for Florida.

The Marlins scored four runs off Tim Hudson during a strange
fifth inning and went on to beat the Atlanta Braves 6-4 Monday
night, benefiting from a strikeout that didn't result in an out.

After Miguel Cabrera put the Marlins ahead 4-3 with a
bases-loaded sacrifice fly, Hudson appeared to be out of the jam
when Jeremy Hermida swung at a nasty splitter down and in for
strike three.

The ball skidded in the dirt, however, getting between the legs
of catcher Brian McCann. Hermida hustled to first before McCann
could retrieve the wild pitch, leaving the bases loaded again with
two outs.

"I saw the ball scoot away," Hermida said. "I didn't look
back. I put my head down and ran."

Aaron Boone took advantage, lining a two-run single to left that
gave the Marlins some valuable breathing room.

"You take advantage of every break," Boone said. "He left a
slider up. I didn't hit it all that hard, but I got enough of it."

Florida's Wes Obermueller (2-3) started on three day's rest for
the first time in his career. He hung around long enough for the
win, giving up eight hits and three runs in five innings.

Obermueller had gone seven innings in his last start, a
no-decision at Milwaukee on Thursday.

"It was a gutty performance," said manager Fredi Gonzalez, who
was forced to juggle his rotation for a doubleheader Tuesday. "He
got us five innings. That was outstanding."

Florida trailed 3-2 after Braves rookie Yunel Escobar drove an
opposite-field shot to right for his first career homer _ one of
four hits on the night for the youngster who defected from Cuba on
a rickety boat.

But Florida sent eight hitters to the plate against Hudson (6-4)
in the fifth, benefiting from a couple of walks, an error by left
fielder Willie Harris and Hermida reaching base after whiffing.

"It was a tough pitch. It was in the dirt," Hudson said.
"Sometimes it bites harder than others. It went down pretty

The fifth ended with yet another odd play.

Hermida tried to make it to third on Boone's hit and Harris had
to double-pump on the throw because Escobar, filling in for injured
Chipper Jones, wasn't covering the bag. Shortstop Edgar Renteria
headed in that direction, taking the throw on the run and making a
no-look, backhanded tag on the runner before he could even slide.

It wasn't enough to save the Braves, who dropped four games
behind the idle New York Mets in the NL East.

"It seemed like everything that could go wrong kind of did,"
Hudson said.

Kevin Gregg gave up a solo homer to Renteria with two outs in
the ninth, but got McCann to fly out for his eighth save in as many

Florida and Atlanta traded runs through the first three innings,
the Marlins tying the game at 2 when right fielder Jeff Francoeur
came up with Hanley Ramirez's single cleanly but bobbled the ball
as he attempted to throw toward home.

Dan Uggla, who had stopped at third, raced home when he saw the
ball slip from Francoeur's right hand and drop behind him for an

Escobar put the Braves back in front. Called up last week when
Jones went on the disabled list, the 24-year-old Escobar hit a
drive that just cleared the right-field wall. He kissed his fingers
and pointed toward his wife, Minerva, after rounding third.

"My wife was very nervous," Escobar said with a smile. "At
the hotel, she was shaking."

No need to be. Her husband went 4-for-4 with two singles and a
ground-rule double in just his third big league game.

The rookie's big night was offset by another shaky outing from
Hudson, who got off to a brilliant start this season but is 1-3
with a 6.66 ERA over his last four starts.

"I feel like I'm throwing the ball pretty good," he said.
"This last little bit, I've had a few tough breaks."

Game notes
Hudson matched his second-shortest start of the season. He
had one other stint lasting six innings, while his shortest was 4
2-3 at Boston on May 20. ... Hudson's ERA climbed to 3.09; it was
1.40 at the end of April. ... Reggie Abercrombie started in left
for the Marlins, going 1-for-4, as Josh Willingham got the day off.
... Harris took exception to a hard tag by Obermueller after the
pitcher fielded a grounder along the first-base line. Harris came
up jawing at Obermueller and the benches started to clear, but the
two teams were quickly separated without any punches being thrown.
... The doubleheader was scheduled to make up for a rainout on
April 14.