Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Justin Ruggiano had a three-run home run and Ricky Nolasco threw seven solid innings as the Miami Marlins defeated the Atlanta Braves, 6-3, in the middle test of a three-game set.
Nolasco (5-8) allowed two runs on six hits while fanning seven, including his 1,000th career strikeout. The 30-year-old right-hander is the all-time franchise leader in games started, innings, wins, losses and strikeouts.
Jeff Mathis drove in two runs and Adeiny Hechavarria had an RBI for the Marlins, who have won seven of their last nine games.
Brian McCann had a home run while Andrelton Simmons and Chris Johnson drove in one run apiece for the Braves, who had a four-game winning streak snapped.
Mike Minor (8-4) had nine strikeouts, but allowed four runs on six hits and three walks in six frames. He has not earned a win since June 9 against the Dodgers.