MIAMI -- Josh Johnson felt as good as he had all season
despite leaving with a cut on the middle finger of his throwing
"I felt in control the whole time," Johnson said. "I felt I
didn't have to work real hard on my delivery. Everything was kind
Four relievers combined to pitch the final three innings for
Miami, including Steve Cishek, who recorded his third save in six
chances to help the Marlins snap a five-game losing streak.
Johnson (6-7) retired the first 14 batters he faced before Brian McCann singled to right in the fifth.
"When Mac got the base hit, I went 'Whew,' because (Johnson)
had no-hit stuff, if not perfect-game stuff," Braves third baseman
Chipper Jones said.
"He had all his pitches today," Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez
said. "We're a majority left-handed hitting team and those guys
were coming back shaking their heads."
Johnson struck out nine, allowed one hit and did not walk a
batter. He threw 53 of his 87 pitches for strikes before Marlins
manager Ozzie Guillen pulled him as a precaution.
"That's the best I've seen in a little while," Guillen said.
"Unfortunately that's the way we roll."
Gonzalez was ejected in the ninth for arguing with first base
umpire Laz Diaz after Diaz called Jason Heyward out to complete a
"Unfortunately, there are two handful of games every year that
are decided by the men in black," Jones said. "We didn't get the
call on a pretty obvious call at first base. It really cost us a
chance to get something going and put some pressure on them."
"That's definitely a good feeling," Bonifacio said of his rare
homer. "I wasn't looking for that, but it was a really good
feeling especially with the way J.J. was throwing the ball and
giving him a 2-0 lead."
Braves starter Mike Minor (5-7) allowed two runs and six hits in
"First inning was a little rough just because I made some OK
pitches and they snuck in there for some hits," Minor said. "Then
later on, Bonifacio took that one down the middle and hit it out of
the ball park."
"We lost a couple of guys that we thought we had all the way
until the end, but unfortunately we're not playing good enough to
keep those guys," Guillen said.
Miami came into the season with high expectations after landing
coveted free agents Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Heath Bell, but
they came in 11˝ games out of first place in the NL East and
eight games behind the wild card-leading Braves.
The Marlins acquired Lee on July 4 to bolster their lineup and
make a push in the standings, but they are just 6-9 since the
"After a bad day, a great win," Guillen said.
Atlanta recalled OF Jose Constanza from Triple-A Gwinnett
and optioned RHP Anthony Varvaro. ... Marlins 3B Hanley Ramirez
(right hand laceration) is expected to return to the lineup Tuesday
for the first time since July 19. ... Sanchez went 44-45 with a
3.75 ERA in 132 starts for the Marlins over seven years, including
a no-hitter on Sept. 6, 2006 against Arizona. ... Braves RHP Tim Hudson (8-4, 3.70 ERA) will start Tuesday night against LHP Buehrle
(9-9, 3.29 ERA).