MIAMI -- Nathan Eovaldi was the beneficiary of a big windfall of run support. It was long overdue, but the Marlins right-hander will certainly take it.
Marcell Ozuna blasted a three-run homer, Christian Yelich tacked on a two-run shot and Miami rolled to a 9-3 win over Atlanta on Wednesday night at Marlins Park.
There was no letdown by the Marlins' bats after they blanked the Braves, 9-0, behind Jose Fernandez's eight shutout innings on Tuesday night.
Eovaldi gave up one run on three hits with five strikeouts in seven innings as he improved to 2-1 and lowered his ERA to 2.58.
Casey McGehee added three hits, while Garrett Jones drove in two more runs as Miami piled it on Aaron Harang, who entered with a Major League-leading 0.85 ERA. Harang's ERA rose to 2.97.
A week ago at Atlanta, Miami dropped two of three, scoring four runs total in the series. Harang limited the Marlins to one run and he struck out 11 in six innings on April 23. In the first two games of this series at home, the Marlins have racked up 18 runs.
Eovaldi came into Wednesday night with the distinction of having the lowest run support average among all active MLB starters. Since 2011, Eovaldi's run support has been 2.99 per game.
Harang, who hadn't worked less than six innings in any of his first five starts, was lifted after 4 2/3 innings, being charged with nine runs on 10 hits. He hadn't allowed a home run before yielding two on Wednesday.
Harang had given up just three runs in 31 2/3 innings heading into Wednesday night. The veteran right-hander allowed four in the second inning, including Ozuna's three-run, opposite-field drive to right.
McGehee got the rally started with a leadoff single, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia's double put runners on second and third. Jones delivered an RBI single to right, and on a 2-2 pitch, Ozuna connected on his fourth home run of the season. The drive landed in the Miami bullpen and it gave Ozuna five RBIs in the first two games of the series.
In the third inning, Miami cashed in on Giancarlo Stanton's leadoff double, as the slugger scored on Saltalamacchia's sacrifice fly to deep left.
The lead swelled to seven runs in the fourth inning on Yelich's two-run homer. And in the fifth inning, Miami tacked on two more runs, both charged to Harang. Jones lifted a sacrifice fly, and off reliever David Hale, Adeiny Hechavarria was credited with an RBI double on a hit that was overturned by review. Initially, second-base umpire Jim Reynolds called Hechavarria out. But, up by nine runs, the Marlins challenged, and the call was overturned.
Nathan Eovaldi went to the Marlins in a trade with the Dodgers in July of 2012.
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