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Marlins 11, Braves 4

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) - Dontrelle Willis pitched seven innings for another sharp April start and the Florida Marlins beat the Atlanta Braves 11-4.

It was also the first game and win for Florida manager Fredi Gonzalez against the Braves, where he was the third-base coach the previous four seasons.

Willis (3-0) is 12-1 with a .923 winning percentage in April. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that's the second-best career percentage in April to the 13-1, .929 of Babe Ruth.

Willis' only loss in 18 April starts was last season, a 3-1 setback at Chicago. The 25-year-old will try to match Ruth's record next week - probably Wednesday - at the New York Mets.

Hanley Ramirez had two hits and scored three runs for the Marlins last night, who had lost two ended a two-game losing streak. Cody Ross, Dan Uggla, Miguel Olivo and Joe Borchard drove in two runs apiece.

Willis allowed three earned runs and eight hits. He struck out five and walked one over 107 pitches.

Florida jumped on Atlanta starter Mark Redman (0-2) for five runs in the first inning. Olivo drove in two with a bases-loaded single. Ross followed with a two-run double and scored on a sacrifice fly from Aaron Boone.

The Marlins added two more in the third on Borchard's two-run single, ending the night for Redman, who allowed six hits and seven earned runs in 2 2-3 innings.

Chipper Jones hit a two-run homer off Willis in the third as Atlanta lost its second in a row. Andruw Jones scored on Willis' balk in the sixth.

Atlanta's Chad Paronto left with a strained muscle in the seventh inning, limping off the mound after throwing a third strike past Ross.

The Marlins added two unearned runs in the eighth when right-fielder Jeff Francoeur dropped Borchard's fly ball. Miguel Cabrera had a RBI single and Josh Willingham added a run-scoring groundout

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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