Braves fall to Marlins; NL Wild Card lead dwindles to 1.5 games - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

Braves fall to Marlins; NL Wild Card lead dwindles to 1.5 games

MIAMI (AP) - Struggling to secure a postseason berth, the Atlanta Braves were thwarted by a playoff-caliber pitching performance.

Javier Vazquez allowed only two hits in seven innings Wednesday against his former team, and the Florida Marlins played the spoiler's role by beating Atlanta 4-0.

The Braves, who lost for the 13th time in their past 20 games, now hold a scant 1½-game lead over the St. Louis Cardinals in the NL wild-card race after the Cards beat the New York Mets 6-5.

The Cardinals were 10½ games back on Aug. 25.

For the third start in a row, Vazquez (12-11) did not allow a run. He extended his streak of scoreless innings to 25, a Marlins record for a starter.

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