ATLANTA (AP) - Buddy Carlyle pitched one-hit ball over seven innings and claimed his first win since 1999 when Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Chris Woodward went back-to-back with homers that carried the Atlanta Braves past the Florida Marlins 3-to-1 today in the first game of a doubleheader Tuesday.
Aaron Boone had the lone hit off Carlyle, a third-inning homer that stood up until the seventh. Saltalamacchia hit a two-run homer that put the Braves ahead, and Woodward followed with a pinch-hit homer that extended the lead.
Rafael Soriano pitched a scoreless eighth and Bob Wickman earned his 10th save in 12 chances despite giving up Florida's only other hit, a one-out single by Alfredo Amezaga in the ninth.
After Saltalamacchia hit his second career homer off Renyel Pinto (0-3), one of the first players to congratulate the rookie catcher was Carlyle.
The 29-year-old pitcher was only 21 when he earned his first win with San Diego. But his rapid rise to the majors soon stalled. He bounced from one organization to another and also spent two years pitching in Japan.
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