Everybody hits! Zombie Chipper went 2-4 with two walks; the first of the latter gave him the franchise career record. Yunel forged his way to the Mendoza Line with a 2-3, two-walk day, and scored two runs. Prado, who had been slumping, had three hits, and Melky continued his good work of late with two. The Braves had fourteen hits in all and won going away.
Each team scored one run in the first, the Braves’ coming on a triple by Heyward and a double by Chipper. The Braves couldn’t get anything going for the next two innings, but had a two-out rally in the fourth as a torrential downpour began, the big blow being a bouncer down the third-base line by Ross that turned into a double, scoring Yunel from first. The rain just got worse, and the umpires refused to stop the game even though Tim Hudson could hardly grip the baseball in the bottom of the inning; the Marlins scored one run but left the bases loaded. The umpires then finally stopped the game.
After play resumed, Prado singled in Yunel to make it 4-2 in the sixth, then Yunel doubled in Melky in the seventh to make it 5-3. O’Flaherty was ineffective and allowed a run in the seventh, but Saito came in and struck out two to end the Marlins’ last serious threat. The Braves put the game away with three runs in the eighth, but Bobby still brought in Wagner to pitch the ninth with a five-run lead. Sigh. Moylan picked up the win with an inning of relief in the fifth.