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Saturday, August 30 (All times Eastern)

Miami Marlins (65-68) at Atlanta Braves (71-64), 7:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Miami - Jarred Cosart (2-1, 2.08) Atlanta - Aaron Harang (10-8, 3.60)

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Atlanta Braves eye another series win when they continue a three-game set versus the Miami Marlins Saturday at Turner Field.

The Braves haven't lost a series since dropping three of four matchups with Los Angeles from Aug. 11-14, and handed the Marlins a 5-2 setback Friday night behind a late rally in the sixth and seventh innings.

Justin Upton hit a two-run homer in the sixth, while Jason Heyward and Upton provided RBI singles in the seventh inning.

"I was in there trying to be aggressive and make something happen," said Upton on his home run.

David Carpenter picked up the win in relief of starter Ervin Santana, who held the Marlins to a run in six innings with seven strikeouts and four walks.

Atlanta has won three in a row and 10 of the last 14 games, and is one game off the second wild card spot in the National League. It is also six games behind Washington for NL East bragging rights.

The Braves will hand Aaron Harang the ball Saturday and he is 10-8 with a 3.60 earned run average. The veteran Harang has lost two of his past three starts and lasted 5 1/3 innings in Sunday's 5-3 setback at Cincinnati, where he gave up four runs and eight hits.

Harang, a right-hander, has been reached for three runs (12 total) or more over his last three appearances and will make his 18th career start against the Marlins. He has a 5-5 record and a 5.99 ERA in the first 17 starts in this series.

Miami has lost three straight and is 2-5 on a nine-game road trip. Marlins starter Tom Koehler gave up two runs on four hits and three walks with six strikeouts across six frames Friday, while Chris Hatcher suffered the loss.

"You don't want to say you have to play mistake-free baseball," Koehler said. "But every mistake right now is going to be magnified, because we're playing for something. I'm not going to sit here and say, 'Oh, we lost today, now we're out of it, we're done.' As we've shown all year, we're going to come back tomorrow and keep battling."

Jordany Valdespin homered and Marcell Ozuna ended with three hits and an RBI for the Marlins, who are six games off a wild card berth and lost a series opener for the first time since July 31 versus Cincinnati.

Jarred Cosart makes his fifth start with the Marlins Saturday and is 2-1 with a 2.08 earned run average. Cosart previously toed the rubber in Monday's 7-1 win over the LA Angels and allowed one run over 7 2/3 innings. He has given up one run in each of his last two outings.

Cosart won his only start against the Braves on June 26 as a member of the Houston Astros and hurled seven innings of one-run ball in a 6-1 triumph.

Miami and Atlanta have split 14 meetings this season.

08/30 10:22:35 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
ATL 117
CHA 114
8:00pm Tonight
WIN
CAR
 
8:07pm Tonight
KAN
SFG
Final
CLE 107
CHI 98
Final
WAS 84
NOP 88
Final
ATL 117
CHA 114
Final
NYK 107
MIL 120
Final
BRK 99
PHI 88
Final
DAL 108
MEM 103
Final
SAN 106
SAC 99
8:00pm Tonight
MIA
HOU
 
8:00pm Tonight
MIN
IND
 
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OKC
UTA
 
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DEN
POR
 
10:00pm Tonight
PHO
LAL
 
10:30pm Tonight
GSW
LAC
 
8:00pm Tonight
LALAF
ARKST
 
Final
EDM 3
TAM 2
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NJD
NYR
 
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BOS
SJS
 
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NYI
TOR
 
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MON
DET
 
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NAS
ARI
 
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WIN
CAR
 
8:30pm Tonight
CHI
PHI
 
8:30pm Tonight
DAL
VAN
 
9:00pm Tonight
COL
FLA
 
9:00pm Tonight
CAL
TAM
 
Final
PIT 30
HOU 23