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Marlins 8, Braves 7

MIAMI (AP) - With his wife in the hospital to give birth to their first child, Dontrelle Willis went about his business Monday night in an 8-to-7 victory over the Atlanta Braves.

Willis pitched six and two-thirds innings and hit a standup triple and won his fourth consecutive start against Atlanta.

Willis (4-1) also became the National League's first four-game winner.

Batterymate Miguel Olivo hit a three-run homer, his first. Dan Uggla homered and drove in three runs, giving him three homers and nine RBI's in two games. Willis singled in the second inning, then tripled and scored during the Marlins' six-run fifth.

Marlins rookie Henry Owens allowed a solo homer to Chipper Jones and consecutive doubles to Andruw Jones and Jeff Francoeur with two outs in the ninth before Renyel Pinto struck out Brian McCann for his first save.

Florida won its third consecutive game after losing six in a row. The Braves lost their lead in the NL East, falling a half-game behind the New York Mets.

Francoeur went 4-for-5, including his fourth homer, and drove in four runs to give him 22 RBI's. Teammate Andruw Jones drove in two runs on his 30th birthday.

Kyle Davies (0-1) threw 90 pitches in four-plus innings. He walked six and gave up five runs, and his career ERA in six games against the Marlins rose to 9.68.

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


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