Bullpen steps up with clutch relief of Cosart

Bullpen steps up with clutch relief of Cosart

ATLANTA -- Through seven innings, Jarred Cosart was in total command. The Miami right-hander ran out of steam in the eighth.

Fortunately for Cosart and the Marlins, the bullpen was ready to pick him up.

There was no save situation in the Marlins' 4-0 win over the Braves on Saturday night at Turner Field. But A.J. Ramos and Mike Dunn came through in the eighth inning to keep Atlanta off the board and maintain a four-run lead for Steve Cishek in the ninth inning.

The eighth inning opened a bit dicey for Cosart as Tommy La Stella and B.J. Upton each singled.

"I was able to go out there and get a quick seventh," Cosart said. "I kind of wanted to carry that over to the eighth, and I think I got a little tired. But that's definitely something that can be fixed. Just run a little more."

Ramos inherited two on and no outs and struck out pinch-hitter Ryan Doumit looking. Jason Heyward's infield single loaded the bases with one out, but Ramos was able to strike out Andrelton Simmons looking.

Manager Mike Redmond went with the percentages with two outs and brought in Dunn, the lefty, to face left-handed-hitting Freddie Freeman.

It took one pitch to retire Freeman on a grounder to first.

Ramos and Dunn each were credited with holds, the 19th of the year for both.

Had Atlanta scored in the eighth inning, it would have created a possible save situation for Cishek. Instead, Cishek had a four-run lead to protect, and he struck out three around a two-out single to Chris Johnson.

The support of the bullpen enabled Cosart to improve to 3-1 with Miami since being acquired from the Astros on July 31.

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter