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ATLANTA (CBSMiami/AP) – The Miami Marlins were looking to make it two straight victories Thursday night when they sent newly acquired Nathan Eovaldi to the mound against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field.
Eovaldi couldn’t get anything working for him while giving up six runs on eight hits in just two innings of work as the Marlins fell to the Braves, 6-1.
Eovaldi said he had a good curveball but had little success with his fastball.
“They really just sat on the fastball, even the ones I located, and they hit it well,” Eovaldi said. “It was just one of those nights.
“I felt like I never got in that good groove. Every time I felt like I was ahead, I didn’t get guys out. They took all my off-speed pitches and just hit the fastballs really well.”
Eovaldi yielded only one run over 5 1-3 innings in a 4-2 win over San Diego in his Marlins debut on Saturday.
Chad Gaudin followed Eovaldi with four scoreless innings, allowing one hit and one walk. Gaudin’s innings were especially crucial for Miami’s bullpen before Friday’s doubleheader at Washington.
Dan Jennings added two scoreless innings.
“Once again Gaudin went out there and pitched well for us,” Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said. “The bullpen didn’t let them score any runs. Great job. I didn’t think we were going to make it but those guys, they saved our bullpen.”
The Marlins had a depleted bench for the game.
Third baseman Donnie Murphy was scratched from the starting lineup with flu-like symptoms. Outfielder Bryan Petersen was held out with a sore right shoulder he hurt while diving for a ball in Wednesday night’s game. Outfielder Justin Ruggiano was held out with back spasms.
Petersen walked as a pinch-hitter in the ninth.
Gorkys Hernandez, acquired from the Pirates on Tuesday, was 0 for 4 in his first start for Miami in center field.
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