Atlanta Braves (63-92) at Miami Marlins (77-78)
Sunday, September 25 - 1:10 PM EST
Marlins Park, Miami, Florida
The Atlanta Braves saw their run of seven straight wins come to an end Saturday, but another streak continues to grow as they visit the Miami Marlins for the last of four contests on Sunday. First baseman Freddie Freeman extended his hitting streak to 28 games – tied for the fourth-longest streak since the franchise moved from Milwaukee in 1966 – recording a single and his career-best 32nd homer while driving in two runs during Saturday's 6-4 defeat.
While the longest Braves’ winning streak of the season was halted, Atlanta has won 15 of its past 24 contests and assured itself of avoiding 100 losses – which seemed a foregone conclusion after dropping 29 of its first 38 games this season. Miami snapped a three-game losing streak to move within one game of .500 at 77-78 and will try to salvage a series split Sunday. Second baseman Dee Gordon finished 2-for-3 with two walks, and is hitting.333 with hits in 12 of his past 13 games against the Braves. Catcher J.T. Realmuto continues to punish Atlanta pitching, collecting two hits to record his sixth multi-hit game in the past 10 contests versus the Braves and raising his season average to .308.
TV: 1:10 p.m. ET, FSN South (Atlanta), FSN Florida (Miami)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Braves RH Julio Teheran (6-10, 3.10 ERA) vs. Marlins LH Adam Conley (8-6, 3.94)
Poor run support has hurt Teheran’s overall record this season, but he has benefited from Atlanta’s recent offensive surge in winning three of his past five starts. The only loss in that stretch came against the Marlins on Sept. 14 when he gave up five runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings – just the second time in the past 10 starts he has allowed more than three earned runs. The 25-year-old is eighth in the National League in WAR (4.7) and 10th in the league in ERA, but is just 0-2 with a 6.75 ERA in three outings against Miami this season.
Conley makes his return after missing six weeks with finger tendinitis and the 26-year-old looks to finish off his second season with a flourish. He struggled in his final two starts before the injury, giving up 11 runs on 12 hits, after posting a 3.41 ERA in his first 22 starts of 2016 -- including going 2-0 with a 0.98 ERA in three starts against the Braves. Conley made his major-league debut last season, and is 12-7 with a 3.88 ERA in 39 career games (35 starts).
1. Saturday’s victory improved Miami’s record against NL East competition to 30-39.
2. Atlanta CF Ender Inciarte has seven multi-hit games in his past 13 contests after going 3-for-5 Saturday.
3. The Marlins pushed back ace RHP Jose Fernandez to Monday’s series opener against the New York Mets.
PREDICTION: Braves 5, Marlins 3