Braves send Teheran to mound against Marlins

Colombian-born right-hander Julio Teheran makes a second consecutive start against the Miami Marlins on Tuesday night when the Atlanta Braves visit them for the second of three games at Marlins Park.

Just 22 years old, Teheran struck out seven betters and allowed three runs in five innings of a July 4 matchup with the Marlins in Atlanta - a game won by Miami, 4-3.

The no-decision came on the heels of the youngster's top outing of the season, in which he tossed six innings of scoreless four-hit ball with 10 strikeouts while defeating Arizona, 3-0.

Though the Braves have won just four of Teheran's last 10 starts, he's been outstanding in those wins while allowing a combined one run on 17 hits in 28 1/3 innings.

He's 2-3 in eight road starts in 2013.

The Marlins counter with 23-year-old Venezuelan Henderson Alvarez, who makes his second appearance in a Miami uniform.

The right-hander won nine games while making 31 starts with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2012, then came to Miami as part of the 12-player deal on Nov. 19 that also involved Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle.

He split the early portion of 2013 between Single-A Jupiter of the Florida State League and Jacksonville of the Double-A Southern League, going 2-0 with a 1.11 earned run average in four starts.

Alvarez's lone appearance with the Marlins was against Teheran and the Braves on July 4 and resulted in a no-decision after he surrendered three runs on five hits in five innings.

On Monday, Justin Upton and Gerald Laird each drove in two runs in the 14th inning and the division-leading Braves put together a brilliant bullpen performance to get past the bottom-feeding Marlins, 7-1.

There were a lot of zeroes put up by both bullpens, and Miami's relievers had retired a remarkable 24 consecutive hitters leading up to the deciding inning.

Chris Hatcher (0-1), called up from Triple-A New Orleans on Sunday, couldn't sustain the lights-out effort in his first big-league appearance of the season, as the Braves batted around with four hits and three walks.

Reed Johnson and Jason Heyward both walked in front of Upton's two-run double down the left-field line, and Laird tacked on two more when he singled up the middle with the bases loaded.

Chris Johnson added a single to left that pushed two more across thanks to Justin Ruggiano's error, and the Braves held on to hand the Marlins a fourth straight loss.

Five Braves relievers combined for 5 2/3 hitless innings before Giancarlo Stanton led off the 13th with a single off David Carpenter (2-0), who stranded two in the frame and earned the win in the four-hour, 14-minute pitching duel.

Mike Minor did not factor in the decision despite allowing just one run on six hits in 6 1/3 innings for Atlanta, which had lost four of five coming in.

"It was a good team win," Minor said.

Kevin Slowey, back in Miami's rotation as a result of Ricky Nolasco being traded to the Dodgers, was pulled after allowing four hits and one walk over five scoreless innings.

The Braves won four of the first six games against the Marlins this season in April and July - sweeping a three-game series in Miami and winning one of three in Atlanta.