Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Alex Wood (2nd R) is relieved by manager Fredi Gonzalez in the third inning against the Miami Marlins on Sunday.
ATLANTA — Nathan Eovaldi won for the first time since July 20 as the Miami Marlins shut out the Atlanta Braves 7-0 on Sunday.
Eovaldi (3-5) broke a five-game losing streak and won for the first time since July 20. The right-hander threw eight scoreless innings and allowed seven hits, striking out six and walking two. Only 29 of his 93 pitches missed the plate.
It was similar to the seven-inning scoreless appearance Eovaldi made against the Braves on Aug. 10, when he received a no-decision despite allowing just one hit.
Steve Cishek pitched a scoreless ninth inning in a nonsave situation to finish the game and give Miami its ninth shutout win. Atlanta has been blanked 12 times in 2013.
Miami’s victory broke Atlanta’s six-game winning streak. Atlanta won two-of-three and leads the series 10-5.
It was the first bad outing for rookie Alex Wood (3-3), who allowed seven runs on eight hits and two walks in 2 1/3 innings. Over his previous six starts, the left-hander was 3-0 with a 1.48 ERA. But the Marlins hit the ball hard against Wood on Sunday and his ERA rose from 2.27 to 3.15.
Eovaldi set the pace in the first inning. Atlanta’s Andrelton Simmons tripled with one out, but was stranded as Eovaldi retired Freddie Freeman on a short fly to left and then struck out Justin Upton.
The Braves hit six balls to the warning track, but couldn’t reach the seats.
The Marlins scored a run in the first when Christian Yelich singled, stole second and scored on a two-out single by Placido Polanco.
Miami made it 2-0 in the second inning on Jeff Mathis’ solo home run.
The Marlins scored five runs in the third inning, matching the team’s biggest single-inning output of the year. Donovan Solano’s bases-loaded single scored the first run and Ed Lucas drove in a pair with a single to center. After Jake Marisnick walked, Mathis drove a two-RBI double off the top of the wall in left-center.
NOTES: With the rosters expanding, the Braves activated RHP Freddy Garcia. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said the team will likely add four or five others when Triple-A Gwinnett’s season ends. The Marlins reinstated OF Chris Coghlan from the 15-day disabled list, recalled RHP Chris Hatcher from Triple-A New Orleans and purchased the contract of LHP Zach Phillips from New Orleans. … The Braves rested 3B Chris Johnson (toe) and C Brian McCann in the wake of Saturday’s 11-inning game.