The Braves look to take advantage of Marquis’ early-inning struggles Saturday night to win back-to-back games for the first time since the season’s first week.
Atlanta (11-12) has plated nine runs while batting .193 in its last three games after combining for 20 runs and 30 hits in its previous two. The top three hitters in Friday’s lineup — Nick Markakis, Alberto Callaspo and Freddie Freeman — were a combined 0 for 10 with four strikeouts and two walks and the team finished with five hits. The Braves managed to snap a three-game losing streak, however, as Kelly Johnson hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the fifth inning — just his second hit in 11 at-bats — in a 4-3 victory.
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