Marlins let late lead slip away, fall in extras

Marlins let late lead slip away, fall in extras

ATLANTA -- The walk-off became fashionable at SunTrust Park this weekend. Lane Adams belted a two-run homer off Vance Worley in the 11th inning, capping a 10-8 Atlanta victory over Miami for its third walk-off win of the four-game series.

The Braves' victory allowed the Nationals, winners over the Phillies, to clinch the National League East. Had Miami prevailed, Washington's magic number would have been one.

"Obviously, when you get wins like this, it's big for clubhouse morale," said Adams, who entered as a pinch-runner in the fifth for Matt Adams when he experienced right hamstring tightness. "We've been doing it all year. It kind of starts with the veteran guys. They don't give up until the final out."

L. Adams goes from no invite to walk-off hero

Lane Adams on walk-off win

Miami carried an 8-5 advantage into the ninth inning, but Atlanta pulled even on Rio Ruiz's two-out, two-run single with the bases loaded against Javy Guerra, who inherited two runners after lefty Jarlin Garcia had already allowed a run.

"Going into it, I was trying to win it -- plain and simple," Ruiz said. "The first two swings, I was trying to win it. Then, after that, it was just grind mode. I choked up and tried to put the ball in play. Good things happen when you do."

The Braves have walked off nine times this year, five against the Marlins.

"They're really frustrating right now," Miami manager Don Mattingly said. "They're frustrating at all times, but this has just been one place that's just been frustrating all year. We don't seem to be able to hold a lead against these guys. They've walked us off two times last time we were here, three times this series. They've been a thorn, that's for sure."

Closing options a challenge with Ziegler out

The Marlins had taken the lead in the eighth on Dee Gordon's pinch-hit homer, which extended his hitting streak to a career-high 14 games. Miami added two runs in the ninth on Christian Yelich's RBI double and Justin Bour's sacrifice fly.

Gordon's go-ahead smash

After the Braves overcame a four-run deficit to win in walk-off fashion on Saturday night, the Marlins scored three runs in Sunday's second inning, with J.T. Realmuto collecting the first of his four hits on a two-run double.

Realmuto's two-run double

Sunday's game was played during a trying time for the Marlins, whose players and their families are dealing with the threat of Hurricane Irma. The Braves offered tickets to displaced residents of those impacted by the storm. The club announced just under 8,500 tickets were given out on Sunday and 18,562 for the four games.

Marlins right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne, who gave up five runs in 3 2/3 innings, is dealing with the storm at a time his wife is back in Florida expecting a child.

"It's stuff you're paying attention to, but you can't let it ruin your focus," Despaigne said. "You've got to go out there and compete for the win."

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Vizcaino gets out of jam: Before the Braves celebrated Adams' home run, they were in a difficult predicament. Arodys Vizcaino faced the bases loaded with two outs in the 11th. Realmuto singled for his fourth hit of the game to open the inning before pinch-hitter Tomas Telis doubled with two outs. After Bour was intentionally walked, Vizcaino wiggled out of it by striking out rookie third baseman Brian Anderson.

Vizcaino was given a chance to pitch the 11th after he needed just nine pitches to complete a perfect 10th inning.

"After the first inning there, I told him that's probably the best I've seen him throw the ball," Braves catcher Tyler Flowers said. "Not just with velocity or action, but with his command. He was locating and missing in good spots."

Vizcaino escapes a jam

Ruiz comes through: When Johan Camargo reached on a two-out infield single, the Braves were in business in the ninth inning. With the tying run at second base and the bases loaded, Ruiz tied things up with his two-run single that Anderson was unable to prevent from leaving the infield.

"I tried to get in front of it, and it hopped over my shoulder," Anderson said. "I was just trying to get in front of it, knock it down and give us a chance. Unfortunately, it's not how it worked out today."

Ruiz's game-tying single

QUOTABLE
"I think everybody is just tired of losing and wants to get in the win column. If not a win, at least a good game and a good fight. That's what we've been doing." -- Ruiz, after the Braves claimed three walk-off wins in a series for the first time since at least 1930

"I've seen some ugly games, yeah. We're better than what we're doing out there." -- Worley, on the Marlins' woes

WHAT'S NEXT
Marlins: Off on Monday, the Marlins open a three-game series in Philadelphia at 7:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday. Rookie left-hander Dillon Peters (0-1, 2.25 ERA) seeks his first win since being a September callup in his first road start.

Braves: Julio Teheran will take the mound when Atlanta opens a three-game series at Nationals Park at 7:05 p.m. ET on Tuesday. Teheran has allowed just two runs over his past two starts spanning 14 innings against the Nationals.

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Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

Mark Bowman has covered the Braves for MLB.com since 2001.

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